A popular means of self-expression is the use of tattoos and body art. Victoria residents, no matter what walk of life they come from, have largely embraced tattoos as a way of expressing their personal philosophy, paying tribute to an important person, or reflecting their personal style. With its roots in cultural traditions, tattooing has been practiced all across the world since Neolithic times, with evidence being found on mummies, and in ancient art from different cultures.
Today, tattoos and body art are not really used the same way, but rather are mostly means of self-expression. There are many popular styles of tattooing, some of which include:
• Abstract- This is a modern type of body art that usually doesn’t have outlines, and uses non-traditional representations of its subject matter.
• Fine Line- This is a style that came about because of improvements made in tattooing technology, allowing the artist to achieve a more delicate look by using finer lines.
• Native- This style involves designs from Native American cultures, with animals, birds and totem poles being popular. The colours involved are usually black, red, yellow and white.
• Asian- Frequently involving geishas, dragons, samurai, cherry blossoms or koi fish, Asian style tattoos and body art often tell a story and are extremely detailed.
• American Traditional- Often called Old School, this style involves images that are two-dimensional, with not much detail. Their subject matter includes mermaids, pin-ups, banners, sparrows and nautical themes, often with bold outlines and solid colours.
These days, body art is more widely accepted, and the reasons for it range from simply liking the design to wanting to commemorate an important event or person. Tattoos and body art in Victoria tend to have almost as much variety as the city’s residents do.