Choosing a Tribal Tattoo Design

Tribal tattoo art looks great, but more importantly, every tribe has design deeper meaning. Tribal TattoosWhen choosing tribal tattoos, you should consider the meaning of this, and make sure that you believe in the statement you made.

There are some tribal tattoos designs that can be chosen differently. There zodiac tribal designs, sun and stars, religious symbols, and even tribal band tattoo. Each design has a meaning, be it spiritual or community. This has been happening since time immemorial, when the tattoo is used both to mark the affiliation with a group, or religion, magic, or spiritual beliefs.

Some of the oldest tribal tattoos there are thousands of years ago. Many of these tattoos represent the sun and the stars to honor the sun god and the element of fire. Tribal sun tattoo, and the stars, can vary in size and detail. This allows them to adapt to every part of your body, even though the shoulders and back seem to be the most popular locations. If you want to get creative, you can create a chain of ethnic tribes with pictures of the sun star as center.

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Injectable Biomaterials

Surgically repairing delicate soft tissues like those on the face after an injury or illness is a tricky business. Surgeons can fix bones, joints and other body parts--but lips and cheeks simply aren't as repairable. But they soon may be, if a new material developed by medical researchers becomes commercially available. The Johns Hopkins team has come up with an injectable smart material that lets surgeons "sculpt" fine features into the tissue's shape, and then fix them in place with a simple burst of LED light.

The material is a mixture of hyaluronic acid and polyethylene glycol. The acid is already approved for use as a soft-tissue implant, and glycol, or "PEG" as it's known, is a material that has uses in manufacturing, the beauty industry, and medicine. When blended, the two liquids create a biomaterial--partly synthetic, partly biological--that's a polymer, one that's fluid enough to be injected.

Surgeons would inject the biomaterial into the skin and massage the features into the desired shape. By exposing the material to bright-green LED light (bright enough to penetrate skin up to four millimeters thick), the polymer molecules change their properties and tangle to form a rigid structure, setting the shape of the implant permanently.

This means big changes for patients suffering from facial disfiguration, a highly visible injury that can have social consequences. But that's just the most obvious use. If the material becomes a commercial product, we could see a wealth of potential customers among the extreme body-modification set. After all, the idea of reliably adding semi-permanent Klingon-like bumps to your face with a simple injection (a far less risky and expensive process, perhaps, than full-on plastic surgery) will definitely interest some people.

It's been tested on rats, and in a very limited form on humans too, with very positive results and only minor side effects. A full-scale human test is upcoming, and the only issue so far is that the material degrades at a rate that could mean re-injections are needed every year or so--but the team thinks new tissue may actually grow into the implants in time.

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Extreme Body Modification in Japan

As with most things they embrace, the Japanese have taken the western cult of Extreme Body Modification to new extremes in recent years. "Scar Factory is a document of the Japanese scene in words and pictures.

Includes Japanese tours by scarification and piercing/implant artists Lukas Zpira and Steve Haworth; interviews with extreme manga artists Hideo Yamamoto ("Ichi the Killer") and Kago Shintaro; a pictorial history of Torture Garden Japan; clandestine tribal gatherings in Osaka, Tokyo and Kyoto; branding festival in Tokyo, 2004; body suspension parties in Tokyo; Eizo Mamiza, Japanese Body Mod pioneer; and interviews with Extreme Body Mod practitioners.

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Arabic Tattoo - Scripts

Although it is not uncommon to see Arabic lettering tattoos in the United States, many Muslims residing in Middle East countries like Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia (particularly followers of Islam) are staunchly against it. Informed readers may be scratching their heads and wondering, "But what about henna?" You are absolutely right.

Henna, the art of decorating the hands and feet with a paste made from the Hina plant, originated in the Middle East. The women there adorn their bodies with Henna to celebrate births, victories, birthdays, circumcisions and especially weddings. And yet tattoos are strictly forbidden because, unlike Henna, which washes off within several days, tattoos are permanent.

It is unlawful to have anything on your body which God did not create--tattoos, piercing, even plastic surgery procedures are an abomination. Unless it is done to eliminate pain, all surgeries which alter one's appearance in any way are against Islamic law.

Of course, this does not prevent Arabs and non-Arabs alike from getting Arabic tattoos. I always recommend consulting several different sources if you're looking to translate an English word or phrase into a foreign language and are not a native speaker of the language yourself. When it comes to Arabic translations, however, this task may prove to be a bit difficult; due to their religious beliefs, some Arabs will not even partake in the translation if they know it will be used as a tattoo.

If you are interested in getting an Arabic tattoo, keep in mind that Arabic is written from right to left using 18 distinct letter shapes which may vary slightly depending on which letters come before and after. The shapes will change in order to be connected to the letters that surround it. There are also different types of script used in traditional Arabic calligraphy as early as the 7th century: Farsi, Naskh, Kufi, Deewani, Req'aa and Thuluth.

Again, it is important to consult several different sources to ensure your translation is correct. Native speakers or scholars of the language are your best bet. Although the Internet is ripe with translation services, finding one can be difficult when it comes to Arabic because there are not many that specialize in Arabic translations.

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Red Brick Gallery Exhibition

We were lucky enough to have three little artworks in the Red Brick Gallery Small Works Exhibition. It was a great show featuring over 40 local artists and 90 works of art. If you are ever in Ballarat i recommend poping into Red Brick for a little look-see...

The next 3 photos are courtesy of Red Brick Gallery as we both forgot to bring our cameras when we came to visit...

Jubly-Umph tattoo jewellery is now available for sale through Red Brick Gallery


Keloids are a type of fibrous scar tissue that can form around body piercings. They are a result of excessive collagen that forms during connective tissue repair. Everyone is susceptible to keloids, but people with less melanin in their skin may be less susceptible. Once keloids form, they usually do not regress, so it is important to try to prevent keloids from the beginning. Keloids can develop even with careful ear care, so there is no sure way to prevent them, but keeping the area of the piercing clean and dry may help.

Things that can help you avoid getting keloids.

Pierce ears at a younger age. According to a study done by the Medical College of Georgia, people who had their ears pierced under the age of 11 were less likely to develop keloids.

Clean your piercing regularly with alcohol and a cotton ball. Swab the area gently and avoid agitating the wound. If there is excessive scabbing or discharge, moisten the area with warm water with a little salt mixed in to clear away the gunk.

Eat a diet rich in vitamin E and foods that promote healthy collagen formation, such as red peppers or tomatoes. These foods contain lycopene, which inhibits the enzyme that damages collagen. You can also get Vitamin E oil and spread it directly on the piercing area.

Don't touch your piercing except to clean it. Your hands carry many germs, and if you are constantly touching your piercing, you run the risk of infecting it. Wash your hands every time you clean the piercing.

See a doctor if a keloid begins forming despite your best efforts. A doctor can treat the keloids with corticosteroid injections or silicone gel sheeting, according to the medical blog Everything Health. Because keloids usually do not get smaller once they've begun to form, it's important to treat them early.

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Microdermal Piercing

Microdermal anchors are the new type of body piercing that is catching everyone by storm. Unfortunately, its popularity has caught the eye of state regulators. They are simply single-point, surface or microdermal anchors, or compact bits of metal jewelry tucked under the dermis. This type of body art is just getting popular and is fast becoming one of the most requested type of piercing as of late.

For about as much as a hundred bucks for the first stud, expert piercing boutiques will install the jewelry below customers’ dermis and onto their sternums, hips, face, neck, shoulder – where ever you can find a good centimeter of skin.

The anchors which are a little over half a centimeter wide with openings will allow the skind to heal around it and keep it in. There are tiny posts that protrude though the skin’s surface. This location is where the jewelry can be attached. An advantage of the surface system is that the jewelry effortlessly can be adjusted, men and women assert.

Many alternative designs and color can be interchanged in no time. Putting metallic items directly into clients’ systems actually is not really different.

Many centruies previously we could note that it absolutely was something one of a kind. However till the latest piercers possibly wanted an in-and-out issue – think studs via the ear lobe, tongue, lip, eyebrow etc – or many people resorted to challenging, unpleasant transdermal implants to have metal to remain in less penetrable areas of the body.

Screwing the anchor in the dermis and also weaving the anchor by means of multiple puncture points would also allow the body piercings to remain. Unsurprisingly, the human body frequently refused these kinds of accents, which was unsuccessful practically half the time.

There are many people who wonder how the piercings are done. A year ago, the state of Washington started to handle piercers and tattooing artists and requested that simply no piercing specialist embed unusual things into the person. Practicing microdermal anchors is so new the procedure continues to be looked at by state representatives.

As new regulation are being created, there’s at least one state which will bar the process. New Jersey, has prohibited the process until more analysis can be finished. A great deal of legislators have no idea of what to make of the piercings.

Practitioners assert the microdermal piercings are more safe and present less of a wellness risk than different kinds of piercings, that either pierce the epidermis twice, are threaded through the flesh or screwed in. The body often rejected these types of designs, resulting in them to fail nearly half the time.

A person will find a many types of jewelry to suit this particular body piercing which range from acrylic, gem stones and plenty more while titanium is considered the most suggested.

Individuals need to be at the very least 18 years with a photo identification card when getting the piercing. As with every body piercing, after the microdermal is completed, your piercer will give the proper attention guidance. However the threat is unknown, microdermals remain tremendously desired by people who are remarkably intrigued.

Rejection of the piercing is very uncommon when done properly. Healing can take just about one to three months depending upon the man or woman being pierced.

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Burning Man -Jubly-Umph Illustrated Wood

I found this old artists dummy in my kitchen. I dont know when I bought it but I have a vague memory of finding it at a garage sale or op shop. It was just screaming to become a real man with a face and tattoos...

This piece took 7 hours to complete and features over 30 'tattoos'. It was done using pyrography(wood burning/pokerwork) and acrylic paint and has an estapol finish. Signed Jubly-Umph 2011 on the bottom.

Japanese Sleeves Tattoo

Japanese Sleeve Tattoos come in different forms and designs depending on ones personality and what he wants to be represented by. Because of the popularity of tattoos, people who want to get one now are more particular in the originality and uniqueness of their designs.

There are hundreds of possible tattoo designs to choose from. But since Japan has been in the tattoo business for a very long time, they have developed designs that people have shown more interest in, nowadays, than any other. Japanese sleeve tattoos is what they are called.

Examples these sleeve tattoos are koi fish tattoos, dragons, samurai and hannya masks. Koi fish designs are very popular because of it represent power and strength and they form an illusion of a swimming fish when tattooed on the arm.

Dragon designs are also very popular, next to koi fish designs, because of the masculinity it creates for men who have them. They are either red or black. This design is also a symbol of power and strength as this mythical creature can breathe out fire and is just ready to kill and take an enemy down when needed.

The samurai is a symbol of heroism and great courage. This is one of the reasons why it has become so popular among all sleeve tattoos.

Hannya masks were used before in some plays in Tokyo. But because of its beauty, it has become a piece of art itself. This is believed to have the power to ward of evil. With its beauty and reputation, hannya masks have become another popular tattoo designs, not only in Japan but all over the world.

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