Flash Art Vs. Custom Tattoos: Convenience And Speed Or Individuality And Freedom

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

While many people see getting a tattoo as an expression of individuality, there is also a case to be made for tattoos as a means of displaying your membership and loyalty to a group or organization. A number of different counter-cultures have adopted tattooing as a means of being unique, but just as many groups use tattoos to create unity among their members and solidarity. When deciding between custom work and pre-drawn art, often called “flash”, make sure you know what you’ll get from both approaches so you can make a decision that fits the intent of the piece and your personal style. Making the Most of Flash Art While pre-drawn tattoo art is somewhat limiting in the freedom it provides, to the artist applying it to your body, it does make reproduction for several people much easier. It can be customized to some degree without significant alteration to the original design though, making it possible to add your own unique spin to the concept. As an added benefit, a lot less time needs to be spent drawing up your tattoo, which can make getting a flash tattoo more convenient. For groups, organizations or just a circle of friends, using pre-drawn tattoos can help to reinforce a bond you already share by giving you each a symbol of that bond to carry with you. Military personnel, fraternities, sororities, and many tribal cultures use this shared ordeal to strengthen the unity of a group. In addition, larger groups can use these as a way of identifying one another, such as military special forces units. Customized Self-Expression Through Body Art While not necessarily the original purpose behind tattooing, many people have chosen to use the art placed on their bodies as a means of commemorating events, individuals or ideals. This form of personalized art is most directly demonstrated through customized works designed specifically for a single client and never used again. While this approach can be used for group unity as with flash pieces, it is a lengthier process and involves a great deal of time spent shaping the final design with the artist applying it. Unlike pre-drawn designs, there is literally no limitation on what a custom tattoo can embody or look like. So long as it fits in the space available, and the detail is within the artist’s range, there isn’t much you can’t accomplish. As an added benefit, if you yourself are an artist, it’s possible to use a sketch or drawing you’ve created as the basis for your tattoo as well, granting you even greater attachment to the final piece. Tattoos can be used for many purposes, so when considering a new piece it’s a good idea to figure out the reason for it. This can help guide your decision-making and allow you to choose a form which is both convenient, unique and suited to your needs.(For...

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Get The Story Of The Wedding Ring

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

Today, wedding rings are generally made of precious metals and are worn by both men and women and purchased from stores like Goldmark Jewelers. They are often worn on the fourth finger of the left hand, especially in the States. But that’s not the way it has always been, or the place that wedding rings have always been worn.  While Western habits are spreading, there are still countries and cultures where wedding rings are worn differently.  The History of the Wedding Ring The earliest recorded wedding rings were found in tombs in ancient Egypt. Some were made of things like braided reeds. The problem with those is that they were very fragile, so there weren’t too many found. Eventually, rings were made out of sturdier things, like ivory or leather.  The ancient Greeks and Romans turned wedding rings into something more like what is seen today. They started using metals like gold and silver as wedding rings. Typically it was only women who wore the rings. They were also the first to start putting the rings on the fourth finger of the left hand. That’s because they thought that there was a vein that went straight from the left ring finger to the heart. They called it the vena amoris, meaning vein of love. The rings in those ancient cultures were often highly decorated. They would have things like doves or flowers engraved on them. These rings were mostly only worn by women.  Eventually, the metal rings that the Romans and Greeks used turned into the wedding bands around the world today.  Wearing a Wedding Ring Today men and women both wear wedding rings. In the States and some Western European countries, the ring is still worn on the third finger of the left hand. That’s not the same for every country or culture.  For example, in the Jewish tradition, especially the more conservative or Orthodox traditions, a woman wears her wedding ring on the index finger of the right hand. However, in some countries women might switch their ring over to their left hand after the wedding. Their wedding rings are also generally just a plain gold band without any kind of decoration.  In Scandinavian countries, wedding rings are generally worn on the third finger of the right hand. Women also generally wear three different rings. One is their engagement ring, one is their wedding band, and the third stands for motherhood.  When people in India get married and the woman chooses to wear a wedding ring, they also wear their rings on their right hand. Indian women also wear other jewelry when they are married. They wear things like bangle bracelets on both arms that aren’t taken off unless the marriage ends. Wedding rings have been around for centuries. What they were made of, where they were worn, and who wore them changes from culture to culture. There...

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