Thursday, October 20, 2011

Phoenix Tattoo Pictures: Meanings And Cultural History

The phoenix tattoo is a sign of rebirth. It is the sign of longevity and long-lived prosperity and strength. This symbolism comes from the mythological origins of the phoenix. This mythological bird has been a prominent figure in folklore across many cultures, including Greek, Egyptian and Chinese cultures. It has even been associated with Catholicism, as a symbol of the rebirth of Christ.

The basic myth is that the phoenix lives for up to 1,000 years, then builds its own nest of twigs and ignites in flames. Once the entire nest and firebird burn away, an egg appears and the phoenix is born again. There are many variations on this basic myth, depending on the cultural reference you study.

In the modern world, the phoenix tattoo is among the most sentimental available. It is almost exclusively used to symbolize some type of rebirth or turning point in life. Almost every person who gets some creative form of a phoenix tattoo has a personal story behind the design.

Phoenix Tattoo Pictures:
The tattoo represents something deep that has happened in their life. In this way, no two phoenix tattoos are the same. The actual design of the bird and the colors chosen may be very similar in some cases, but the meaning that the tattoos hold for the person wearing them is almost always different.
In some cases the tattoos will represent a personal transformation while in other cases they may symbolize the belief that someone who has passed away still remains on earth in some form.
Phoenix tattoos can portray colorful birds with lots of beautiful feathers, but they can also be very minimalistic. They can appear as a tribal design in some instances, since they are etched in black and white in a pattern similar to many tribal tattoos. The basic symbolism stands behind them for most people, but great creativity can be used in the design process.
Picture of flaming phoenix in a striking position located on the back of the calf.
Picture of a high quality three dimensional bird with wings spread and extended tale. Design located on the back of a man.
Large masterpiece located on the right hip, ribcage and torso of a woman.
Here we have yet another picture of a excellent flaming phoenix tattoo. Breathing fire and located on the shoulder and upper arm area.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

New artist joins Texas Body Art Carl Alexander

Welcome in our newest addition to an already awesome crew!!!
Great guy and amazing art..Check him out and set up some work with him...

We will get him set up on the website soon.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Egyptian Tattoo Pictures: Design Ideas And Popular Symbols

There are so many different Egyptian tattoos in existence today that it would be rather difficult to create a collection of them all. What brings all of these tattoos together is the incorporation of basic themes, people and ideas that represent ancient and modern Egyptian culture. Some of the more common design features incorporated in Egyptian tattoos include:
  • Ankh (cross symbolizing Ancient Egypt)
  • Egyptian Goddesses (each with their own symbolic and mythological meanings)
  • Scarab beetle
  • Tombs
  • Mummies
  • Hieroglyphics
  • Mau (cats)
  • Eye of Horus
There are some very unique designs that can be incorporated into Egyptian tattoos as well. For example, the idea of creatures that are half human and half animal are very popular in the tattoo culture. These tattoo designs have their roots embedded in ancient Egypt.

What is unique about Egyptian tattoo artwork is the culture that they are inspired by. Ancient Egyptians mostly tattooed women. Some of the first tattoos known to man are now being discovered on the bodies of mummies found in Egyptian tombs. These tattoos were often created with dots or slashes in order to create very basic pictures or hieroglyphic words.

Egyptian Tattoo Pictures:
Commonly used for fertility purposes, these tattoos were found more often on women than men.
Today, Egyptian tattoos are common with men as well as women. They are often used for the meaning of hieroglyphic designs, but many get them simply because they like the look of these ancient designs.
Some are simply black and gray while others can be very colorful with elements of gold. Most of the designs are very pleasant and peaceful in appearance, however, there are others that are specifically tailored to be disturbing in nature. Some are even quite romantic, such as those designed after the Egyptian Goddess of Love.
Egyptian tattoos can have a wide variety of meanings. Some may be sentimental, other are based on ancient traditions and beliefs, but most are used for their symbolic meanings or simply for their attractive appearances.
Picture of a wonderfully designed tattoo that combines the Eye of Horus with an Ankh. Plus a tribal inspired pair of wings.
Picture of a Egyptian warrior bird armed for battle and located on the right shoulder and tricep area of a man.
Picture of extensive artwork on the back of a man. A compilation of numerous designs including a large Pharaoh centerpiece.
Picture of an excellent tattoo on the lower back of a woman. A classic Egyptian symbol of a women with extended wings and head wear.
This cute masterpiece is a bit of novelty featuring a mummy-cat with skull, ankh and other elements of the culture.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Star Tattoo Pictures: Ideas And Meanings For Girls And Guys

Star tattoos can be designed to represent something personal or they can be chosen simply for their appearance. Stars are often incorporated into larger tattoos with a lot of fine details, though they are just as often presented independently. There are many different types of stars that can be chosen from and some artists will design their own stars with different colors, designs and shapes.

Two of the most popular star tattoos are the shooting star and the nautical star. Both of these images have a rich history in the tattoo world and can stand for different things. They are also very diverse in the way they are presented in tattoo form.

Shooting stars by nature shoot through the sky with brilliant beauty but then quickly fizzle out to nothing. Tattoos with this design are often used to symbolize periods of life that were short lived, but which will always be remembered. It is common to find names etched into the centers of these stars or somewhere in the stream of the rising star.

Nautical stars are tied to servicemen and women of the U.S. Navy and Marines Corps. Yet, they are used heavily by people who associate strongly with the sea today. These star tattoos have a very clear design with a particular pattern of shading or coloring.

Star Tattoo Pictures:
Both of these types of star tattoos can be shown as individual stars or as groups of stars. They can also be incorporated into other tattoo designs. For instance, nautical stars will often appear in tattoos reflecting ships, water, skeletons, roses and cherries, among other designs.
Star tattoos are extremely popular in Hollywood. You could compile a long list of celebrities that feature some type of star on their bodies, including Drew Barrymore and Gisele Bündchen. This is probably because celebrities think of themselves as stars, though some select star images for personal reasons just like everyone else in the world.
Picture of a pair of swallow birds perched on small branches while holding cherries with a smattering of small and large stars covering the back.
Picture of a lovely flower and a stream stars located on the hip and torso area of a woman.
Photo of a bright and colorful design featuring several musical notes mixed with numerous stars of various shapes and sizes.
Picture of many solid stars in black ink located on the stomach of a woman. The three larger designs all possess a unique shading and stencil effect.
And finally we see five solid black and bold designs gracing the top portion of a right foot.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Spider Tattoo Pictures: Top Design Ideas For Girls And Guys

Some of the more interesting spider tattoos are designed to pop off the skin. They have great depth and appear to be real spiders sitting on top of the skin, rather than ink dug into the skin cells. These spiders range from small bodies with long skinny legs to tarantula images with thick hair, legs and wide bodies. They can be presented in solid black ink, sketched on like stick figures, or decked out with bold coloring.

Beyond realistic images, spider tattoos also include those fashioned after the famous comic book character turned television superhero, Spider-Man. These tattoos often work with the image of spider webs and the black spider symbol associated with the Spider-Man character.

An example of this is the Spider-Man tattoo etched across the chest of basketball player Darren Moore. He is such a huge fan of the Spider-Man comic books and movie series that he covered his chest in an elaborate spider web with a large black spider image presented right in the center. The image doesn't necessarily tie itself directly to Spider-Man, but Moore confirmed that was the inspiration through several interviews.
Spider tattoos are also commonly associated with Halloween. Many designs include spider webs, fangs, venom and other details that bring the spook factor that is common with Halloween lovers. They aren't always intended to reference the holiday, but that is usually the vibe that they give off to others.
Much like snakes, tattoos featuring spiders are also very versatile. You may see one small spider etched on the side of the wrist or an over-sized spider resting between the shoulder blades. They can be subtle in black or designed to stand out with bold colors or intricate designs.
Some are made to look so realistic and three-dimensional they can actually scare others upon first glance. Others are generic images that lie flat on the skin and don't have any realistic qualities at all. With so many variations to choose from, there is definitely a style for everyone.
Picture of creepy large black window artwork on top of the right foot, stretching around to the ankle.
Photo of a lightly colored design featuring a somewhat cartoon-like creature. Located on the upper arm area.
Picture of shocking spider tattoo design on the inside of the hand. Featuring a large web with a pair of creepy crawlies. One on the pair and another on the fingers.
Picture of another brightly colored masterpiece. A hybrid design that combines a large heart as the body of the insect.
This is a snapshot of the before-mentioned basketball player, Darren Moore, showcasing his elaborate spider chest artwork.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Snake Tattoo Pictures: Best Artwork Concepts And Ideas

The long, slithering nature of the snake makes it the perfect animal for tattoo artistry. Snake tattoos are extremely versatile and are often worked into more complex images. For instance, one popular tattoo idea is the image of a long sword with a snake wrapped around the shaft and down over the blade. Snakes are typically used for their ability to be wrapped and crossed throughout an image to add depth and detail.

Many snake designs in the tattoo world are black and grey images without a lot of detail. They are used to create substance or as a secondary element in a larger and more complex tattoo. Yet, that is not the rule. Some artists do create very detailed snake tattoos with a lot of color, intricate scales, and interesting plays on the eyes and forked tongue commonly associated with snakes.

A snake tattoo can wrap around the bicep or calf or even form a border or centerpiece for a larger tattoo. It can be colorful or all in black and grey. It can reflect the fantasy world or take on a more realistic appearance. This is definitely one of the most versatile of all tattoo genres.

Snake Tattoo Pictures:
There are thousands of snake tattoos presented around the world and new ones are created every single day. The variety of concepts is virtually limitless.
Snakes are often depicted as a part of other tattoo genres. For instance they appear in many fantasy tattoo images and are very common with pirate tattoos. They are often presented with swords and are frequently associated with the world of martial arts.
Then there are snake tattoos that play on the concept of poisonous venom. These tattoos will portray snakes standing tall with prominent fangs and a spray of venom coming from around the mouth. These are among the more realistic looking snake designs since they don't play on mythological or fantasy worlds like many other snake tattoos.
Picture of tremendous cobra artwork located on the left hip and lower back area of a girl.
Picture of snake tattoo featuring excellent color and detailing, projecting a three dimensional appearance.
Closeup photo of partially coiled cobra with long slithering tongue.
Picture of a masterful chest design including: two snakes which are interwoven with a red center-piece skull with three eyes, a perched bird, and a pair of roses.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Pirate Tattoo Pictures: Design Ideas For Men And Women

Pirate tattoos are often closely related to nautical tattoos, since they all deal with images brought into the world from sailors and others who spend their life out at sea. Many think of pirates in a historical sense, but they are just as real today as they ever were in history. As long as valuable goods are transported through the water by ship, there will been pirates patrolling the seas in an effort to board ships and steal valuable possessions.

Just like nautical stars, those wearing pirate tattoos are not necessarily those with direct connections to ships and the sea. They are often people who identify heavily with images of the sea or that type of life. Some are drawn to ideals of the pirate, such as the stereotypical patched eye or hooked hand.

Anything portrayed with a patched eye or surrounded by skeletons is often thought of as a pirate tattoo. Many of the tattoos created today do not feature realistic looking pirates. They may feature pin-up style girls in skimpy dresses with a patched eye and wild hair or they may feature skeleton heads with the big black hat and eye patch. Elements of the tattoo reflect the pirate image, though an actual pirate is not portrayed directly.

Pirate Tattoo Pictures:
Pirate tattoos also prominently feature ships and rolling water waves. Treasure chests and gold coins are popular with some artists as well. Most tattoos have a dark nature or vibe, but it is also common to find these tattoos adorned with red roses for women. The designs vary depending on the vision of the artist or the intended meaning of the person wearing the tattoo.
Many people who go in for pirate tattoos are just drawn to the image and stereotypes surrounding the pirate life. Most are not thinking of it in terms of real pirates that still hunt the seas for ships carrying valuable goods.
Retro style artwork featuring pin-up girl in lingerie, heels and a hat while brandishing a sword.
Picture of excellent design portraying a large ship at see with skull sails, and a large eerie skull looking down from the clouds.
Picture of sensationally colorful depiction of a pirate setting, including skeleton on a sandy beach with treasure chest, plus a large ship at sea with a skull and crossbones in the sky.
Skeleton wearing bandanna while manning the ship with a "Do or Die" slogan underneath.
Picture of cute colorful cartoon like pirate girl with gun, sword and traditional hat. Topped off with a ghostly background effect.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Nautical Tattoo Pictures: Popular Style Tips And Ideas

The most popular image used for nautical tattoos is the nautical star. This is a star with five points that features very distinct shading. The star is often represented in black and white ink, though some will give it a personal touch by using a color in place of the usual black shading inside the star. It is the unique shading and play with color that gives the nautical star tattoo its recognizable appeal.

The nautical star is traditionally a sign of membership with the U.S. Marine Corp or Navy. Yet, most people who get nautical star tattoos are not affiliated with the military at all. They may be people who make a living at sea or who have ties with others who spend a lot of time out at sea. Or, they can just be people who are instinctively drawn to the appearance of the star.

Other images commonly used for nautical tattoos include anchors, pirates, ships and character images of sailors. Most of these images are brought to life with a creative edge, rather than being portrayed in a realistic manner. For instance, there are sailor pin-up girls and anchors featuring bright red hearts where the hook would traditionally be pictured.

Nautical Tattoo Pictures:
Nautical tattoos are often presented in color, though some sentimental images can take on a more realistic appearance with only black ink. It is also popular for these tattoos to be mostly in black with one bright splash of color to draw attention to a particular feature of the tattoo.
Skeletons are not always associated with nautical themes, but they can be turned into nautical tattoos when presented with nautical details. For instance, one popular tattoo features a pirate-like skeleton head with a black patch over one eye and a larger black sailor hat.
While nautical tattoos reflect life on the sea, they aren't limited to those with a strong connection to the water. They are just as likely to be used for appearances sake.
Picture of fabulously designed back piece tattoo consisting of a large anchor with pink bow and red heart. The anchor acts as a picture frame to the ship.
Excellent colored displayed in this closeup picture of a sailor skull with stars and a colorful anchor with a spiderweb background.
Picture of black star splashing into water. Located on the left side of torso.
Betty Boop-esque pin-up girl wearing sailor uniform while sitting barefoot on an anchor, with a tattoo of her own.
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