Tattoo culture not only distinguishes cultural divisions through design styles or color usage. In fact, every continent in the world has its own unique cultural origin and development. As tattoo enthusiasts, The world culture of tattoos can help us to a certain extent for the design of a specific tattoo.
Pacific Islands Tattoo
Polynesia has always been said to be the birthplace of tattoos. For many early European explorers, Polynesians lived in innocence and their art and crafts were outstanding. Polynesian tattoos date back to at least 2000 BC. The English word “tattoo” for tattoos comes from the Polynesian “tattau”, which means “marks”. Polynesians will hold the first time in their adolescence Tattoo. But it is very unfortunate that the Polynesian tattoos we know are only a small part. Most of the design patterns and rich related traditions, myths and religious etiquette have been lost forever! It is a truly lost civilization.
2.New Zealand tattoo
Polynesians settled in New Zealand from the Pacific Islands more than a thousand years ago and are known as Maori. Tattoos have a clear subdivision here in the Maori, and they all contain sacred meaning, which is the biggest difference between it and modern tattoos. Tattoos are a symbol of Maori rank and status. Each tattoo design is unique, just like a life resume. It records the Māori profession, his status in the tribe, his family, and even his lifetime achievements.
Young Maori tattoos are performed for the first time after entering adolescence. Men can pierce parts of the body or choose the whole body range, while women are generally limited to the lips and jaw. Before tattooing, the pattern should be designed by clergy or tattoo operators in the ethnic group. Maori youth must understand the important meaning of the pattern, get the support of family and elders, and finally the elders decide whether to choose. This selection process usually takes several months.
3.Tonga, Samoa Tattoo
In 1200 BC, primitive Polynesian culture began to develop in Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga. Over the course of thousands of years, Polynesian language, culture, and art have evolved. Shortly before the birth of Christ, these early Polynesians embarked on an unprecedented voyage, spanning thousands of miles, and discovering islands beyond the horizon. Polynesian tattoos only developed into a highly refined art in Tonga and Samoa.
The Tongan warrior wore a series of geometric patterns from waist to knee. Polynesian tattoos were mentioned in the 17th and 18th century European ship logs, but it was only mentioned that Captain Cook was described in detail by the accompanying naturalist Joseph Banks when his maiden voyage in 1769. Ironically, as tattoos are dying in the Pacific, they are becoming more popular with Westerners.
The American Du Li once said, “When our ancestors were still hacking in the woods, the Orientals have begun to create cultural heritage.” The first tattoo that can be remembered in China should be the heroes in Liangshan. Body. The capital of the Song Dynasty–Tokyo was the largest city in the world at that time. Tattoos were raised to a more special cultural symbol. The technology is very mature, the colors are rich, and the colors are many.
Tattoos in China can be traced back to at least 3,500 years, which can be confirmed from ancient cave murals (in Lianyungang and General Cliff of Jinpingshan, there are Neolithic strokes in China, there are people who paint them). From the painted pottery culture to the Sanxingdui site, from Wu Yue in the southeast to the barbarians in the southwest, the distribution of ancient tattoos is widespread. During the Zhou Dynasty, tattoos began to be used in criminal law, which was abolished by the Han Dynasty.
It was resurrected during the Wei, Jin and Northern and Southern Dynasties. No records were found in the law of the Tang Dynasty, and the details were unknown. Five years later, after three days of Jintianfu, “tattoo” revived as a criminal law tattooed on the prisoner’s face at the distribution border. For more than a thousand years since then, Song Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, “tattoo” has continued.
2500 years ago, the immigrant Ezo came to Japan from China with tattoos, making tattoos a highly sophisticated art in Japan. The tattoo history of Japanese tattoos can be traced back to the Warring States Period. At that time, many city owners had ninjas to perform secret tasks. For the sake of confidentiality, most ninjas had no name and no historical records. They used tattoos to distinguish different factions between cities Ninja.
Most of the ninja tattoos are the flags or badges of the cities. Except for the ninja, most geishas at that time had various patterns on their bodies, usually colored, and they were mostly dragon, tiger, phoenix, carp, turtle and warrior. This shows that Japan’s tattoo technology has also matured in the Warring States Period, but the acceptance of the public is not high.
A tattoo symbolizes a hunted prey, a person who was killed by himself in a tribal battle, and a tribal victory in martial arts … The Indians seemed to use their bodies as a notebook to record their lives with tattoos After all the death, the tattoo will also serve as a pass to the unknown world.
Speaking of Indians, people think of their peculiar tattoos, feathered clothing and long black hair, which give people the impression of being ancient and mysterious. The patterns of Indian tattoos are bold and abstract, similar to the patterns of contemporary tribal tattoos. Peruvian archeologists unearthed the Inca tattoo from the 11th century AD, the mummy, in 1920. As there is no written record, little is known about the meaning of tattoos in Indian culture.
A series of archeological discoveries prove that tattoos have also become popular in Egypt. Tattoo is defined in Egypt as an interpretation of social hierarchy and tribal alliances, representing a particular industry and class. But tattooists are mostly women and have a symbolic meaning of sex.
The culture of tattoos has different designs and expressions in different periods in different sectors and even in different countries. In general, for ancient times, tattoos were not only more patterns at the time, but also had very strong meaning. The development of tattoos in modern times has gradually become a symbol of art or fashion. Few people can say what each tattoo expresses on him.