Have you ever wondered why people even started applying designs to their skin? Let’s tell you now.
Have you ever wanted to get yourself a tattoo? Or maybe even already done? Probably everyone has thought about it at least once. But it is a mistake to believe that tattoos were invented only for beauty and emphasizing the individuality of their wearer. Why then? We sort it out together and never cease to be surprised.
And so as not to change
The Reverend Arthur Ranier voiced this reason for getting tattoos on a woman’s chin in all seriousness in 1908. This priest from New Zealand sincerely believed that there is nothing worse than the infidelity of wives to their husbands, and this must be fought in every possible way. The idea is great, and the destruction of the family is really a big trouble, but the way to deal with this scourge was too strange and radical. Ranye’s idea was that every married woman was to have a tattoo on her chin as a sign that she was already “busy.” Why this should have prevented potential lovers from craving her is unclear. Because in infidelity the marital status of few people and when stopped. Fortunately, the initiative did not receive public support.
To be able to be recognized
Perhaps the saddest item on our list. Many sailors and sailors of the last century looked at things sensibly and understood that if fate was cruel to them, their bodies could simply never be identified, and they would be considered missing. And consequently, the relatives will not have a chance to find out whether they are alive, whether they died, and so they will be tormented by uncertainty for years. For this, sailors, for example, during the First World War, made themselves tattoos with their names.
So that strangers do not guess, and theirs recognize
If you remember, in the same books about Harry Potter, Lord Voldemort’s supporters had a so-called black mark on the hand, which allowed the supporters of the evil wizard to recognize each other and even feel the call of their master. Of course, real life is far from mysticism, but members of many secret organizations or so have used the same technique. The same anarchists tattooed themselves, as a rule, with images of working tools in order to be recognized by their fellow convicts. But to all uninitiated people, the same pick or hammer in the form of a tattoo seemed to be a common whim of the owner, if they noticed them at all.
To hide what is needed
Even today, tattoos are sometimes applied to the area of scars to hide them from others. However, for the first time, women began to do this in the 20s of the last century. Unaesthetic scars after vaccination, which spoiled the mood and self-esteem, became a mass problem of the fair sex of those times. Therefore, the famous tattoo artist Ben Corday began to cover the annoying skin defects with graceful tattoos in the form of butterflies, flowers and other “female” symbols.
However, tattoos in the history of mankind were applied for many other reasons: personal, religious and even political. Each of the tattoos means a lot to its owner, for whatever reasons he did it. One thing they have in common: a tattoo does not always mean exactly what will seem to an outside observer. If it can be seen with the naked eye at all. After all, a tattoo, like the personality of any person, is a mystery that not everyone can solve.
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