Posts Tagged ‘ culture ’

Prayer Piercing

PrayerPiercingPrayer and piercings have never been something one would think would be combined. Unless one is praying for a piercing to turn out good and not reject or get infected. But oh just you wait there is the prayer piercing.

The payer piercing is a piercing on the outer edge of the hand and usually done as a surface piercing. Seen best when someone would be praying, hence the name prayer piercing. It looks best when done on both hands. But symmetry may not be for everyone. I am guessing that it could be done horizontal or vertical.

The arguments against this piercing would be that it is a surface piercing which have been known to have a very high rejection rate. That makes me think that someone could easily just get this done as microdermals. There would be a much, much lower risk of rejection. Of course there is still is the risk of the piercing snagging on things, or getting rubbed on things,  due to the area of the hand it is on. When you think about it, that area rubs against a lot of stuff.

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A Salute to Sailor Jerry

theman_7Sailor jerry was one of the greats of old school tattoos when they weren’t referred to as old school but just tattoos. Almost everyone with eyes has seen his work somewhere or something inspired by his work. He created some of the most notable tattoos designs to come out of the old school.

Born in 1911 as Norman Collins, it is said he got the nickname Jerry from a donkey named jerry theman_1that his father owned. The sailor part I can only imagine came from his time in the navy.

The navy was where he saw the world. Especially Southeast Asia, where he was influenced heavily for his own artwork. He opened his first shop in Honolulu’s Chinatown. A haven for drunk military men, and one of the only places at that time to get a tattoo.

Most of his tattoo designs where navy inspired. The famous large ship with the words Homeward Bound is one of his most famous designs. He was also notorious for drawing beautiful women with perfect breast. Many in military like outfits or one brunette who appears naked in a martini glass.

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When he died in 1973, Sailor Jerry left specific instructions with his wife that the shop and his artwork where to be offered to his three protégés, Don Ed Hardy, Mike Malone, or Zeke Owen. If neither of them wanted it the shop and artwork where to be burned to the ground.

111545165_f4435d0c56Mike Malone decided to take over the business. In the 1980’s when tattoos became more popular he Malone teamed up with Hardy to release books of Sailor Jerry Flash to sell to tattoo shops. (Flash- tattoo designs, usually hung on the walls of tattoo shops for customers to see and choose from or get an idea from). Sailor Jerry designs where soon hung on walls of tattoo shops everywhere.

In the 1990’s came the Sailor Jerry Limited brand of tattoo inspired clothing and accessories. The brand has even teamed up with Converse shoes to make sailor jerry chuck taylor’s.

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Sailor Jerry brand rum soon came as well. The spiced rum came from a recipe that is said to come from a recipe found among Sailor Jerry’s personal belongings and to be a seafaring style of rum.

 

 

 

Suspension

1175201991-suspensionSuspension is when hooks are temporarily pierced through a person’s skin and they are hung up voluntarily by said hooks.
People practice suspension for many different reasons. Some for spiritual purposes, others do it to feel like they are more than their body. Others enjoy the sensation, some suspend for the endorphins and adrenaline rush they get. Some do it just to try something new.
Many people practice suspension in groups. This sounds like a good idea instead of doing it alone or with just someone there to pierce you and hang you. In a group you can share the experience and be a bit safer for something that could be dangerous if done wrong.
The most common for of suspension is known as suicide suspension which is hooks pierced through the back. Other kinds have hooks going through the chest, torso, calves, elbows, knees, and face.
There are many risks involved with suspension and a person should also being not only physically prepared for suspension but mentally. If you are wishing to try this ritual you should research it on your own first and make sure you really want it and are not just going through a phase.

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Day of the Dead Tattoos

051707_skull_tattooThe classic Sugar Skull tattoo is one with rich cultural history behind it. They are based on the decorative skulls made for the Mexican holiday Dias De Los Muertos or Day of the Dead. Day of the Dead is starts on November 1st and ends the next day.  Its purpose is to honor those close to one who have died. The decorative skulls are usually made from sugar, hence the name sugar skull, and are placed on an altar.Sugar-skull

The sugar skull tattoos are usually just as decorative as the skulls they are based on. They usually have designs inside the lines of the skull such as flowers, crosses spades, shapes, and hearts. Sometimes, they also have decorations on the outside such as flowers, usually marigolds or roses, a candle on the top of the head, hats, or veils. Some are just a skull, some are a normal face with sugar skull designs on it, and others have skeleton bodies. Some sugar skulls just have white backgrounds while others have colors.

nate beavers- sugar skull gallerySugar skulls made for day of the dead are said to bring good luck. Many people carry around small ones for good luck. I have a feeling, sugar skulls being lucky is why people started getting them as tattoos. Either way they make for beautiful tattoos that can be integrated with a lot of other tattoo elements such as flowers, hearts, and leaves.

Lip Stretching

079_OnoLipPlateEthiopia_gfHave you ever though your lip just wasn’t big enough? Thought to yourself, “my lip just needs to be much bigger,” if so you can follow the cool example set by pro body mod tribes and stretch your lip using clay or wooden plates.

I know what some of you may be thinking, this sounds completely erroneous, and why would someone do that? The tribes that practice this procedure find stretched lips to be very attractive. In some Amazonian tribes, young men get them done to signify adulthood. In other tribes women get them to signify that they are old enough to be a wife. But, they usually remove the plates after they are married.surma-lipplate

The procedure usually starts with a hole pierced in the labret and a small wooden peg inserted to act as a stud or starter jewelry piece. When the hole heals after a few weeks a disc usually about 4 centimeters in diameter is put in place. The discs are usually made by the person wearing them from clay or wood. Eventually a disc anywhere 8 to 16 centimeters in diameter is inserted and is usually the final disc.3039903103_4010ed7213_m

Most Common Groups to Stretch their Lips

  • African tribes
  • South American tribes
  • Surma and Mursi tribes in Ethiopia

Tattoos in the Circus

circus_poster1900The popularity of tattoos did not just come from sailors and island tribes. In the 19th and early 20th centuries the circus gave a big boost to the popularity of tattoos.

It all started in the early nineteen hundreds  when a tattooed man, which was very rare for the times, went to work for a circus. Circuses soon started to compete with each other over whose tattooed performers had the best ink. The major circuses would all have about three tattooed performe1950circustattooposterrs at all times. There would be tattoos in the freak shows and regular circus acts.

Tattoo artists would even travel with the circus over the summer. The circus was great publicity for them and a free showcase for their work. They where also usually paid by the circus.

The debut of the cross country railroad around 1869 brought circuses to even more people than before and even more people to be mesmerized by the tattooed performers.

In the 1890s, the new electric tattoo machines made getting tattoos much easier and more tattooed people showed up to work at the circus. By 1920, it is said that there where 300 circus performers who had full body tattoos and many where making as much as $200 a week, a lot of money for back then of course.

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