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Art for the human canvas

            Tattooing has been around for centuries. All the way back to the nomadic races. It has always been a form of expression in one form of another. In some cultures, tattooing was done for prestige within the culture, or rank if you will. It was a very sacred and respected art. It was only the most prestigious that were privileged to adorn their bodies in such a permanent way. .
             In this day and age it is still a very sacred undertaking. Although this is more on an individual basis rather then cultural. To most that get tattooed the art they receive is of a very special design and meaning. It is their way of expressing that, which is "them". Some tattoos tell a story, others are just a small expression of their inner most being. From the smallest rose to the full body tattoo. it's all the same. .
             Now in this day and age tattoos cater to such a wide variety of people. A lot of these people are in the professional field; doctor's lawyers, policemen, you name it! The days of old are gone. It's not just bikers and sailors anymore; it's everyday people. The artwork has changed a lot too over the years. It's not just a simple choice out of a limited design booklet. The art of tattooing has exploded! There is not much limitation, so you can let your imagination run wild! .
             Tattooing involves multiple intradermal injections of the skin by a small machine having one or more needles connected to tubes containing the dyes. The tattooist guides the machine over the skin and controls its speed. The procedure involves a variable amount of pain and a small amount of bleeding. It can take several hours depending on the size of the tattoo. The site of application usually takes 7 to 10 days to heal. Those considering an intradermal tattoo should also remember that it is 'permanent' and removal can involve painful surgery or dermabrasion and possible scarring. .
             It was from Egypt that the tattooing art traveled across the world, to appear, disappear and reappear throughout recorded history.

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