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Art comes in many forms. People use art to express themselves and show signs of creativity. One of the most popular forms of art that people, especially the younger generations, are using to express themselves is body art and Tribal Tattoos.

Society is slowly becoming more and more acceptable with people having tattoos, and you can find tattoo parlors almost anywhere. This “tribal tattoo culture” is becoming so predominant in the youth today, and in American Western culture, that it is spreading like many other traditions and cultural practices around the world.

One place it may be surprising to see tattoos popping up is in Iraq. The people in this culture had only known tattoos as Bedouin designs of simple dots and lines, or something that prisoners did to remember their loved ones by engraving the names of those closest do them on their body with ink and a sewing needle. It was not until the influx of American soldiers went in the country six years ago at the start of the Iraq war, that many Iraqi people thought that there was more to body art than simple designs. African people use more body piercings than tribal tattoos.


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Irak was introduced to broad, bold, designs of animals, tribal tattoos bands and Chinese symbols. Now elaborate tattoos are just one of the lasting Western traditions the soldiers have left on the country. Even though they are not completely socially acceptable with the Islam religion and job positions, there are people who go around advocating tattoos and the art to other Arab countries. There are people opening up their own tattoo shops, offering everything from animals, swords and even Metallica designs.

It is becoming the norm that Tribal Tattoos are found beautiful:

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Men and women alike both want to get “inked,” although there are still some culturally Iraqi norms that prevent women from obtaining their body art. It is tradition one male cannot touch another’s wife, making it not right for a male tattoo artist to tattoo a married woman. There are some bits of their culture that still hold, but it is interesting to see how this form of Western culture has made its way into the Middle East.

The globalization of tattoos shows a lot about culture around the world today. The practice of tattooing is not something new, but the elaborate, almost portrait-like way in which it is being done is what is the new practice. Shows like “Miami Ink” and “L.A. Ink” show off the talent of artists such as Kat Von D., who have made themselves famous for their ability to create lifelike pictures of people and objects in someone’s body. The Iraqi form of tattoos was just known as dots, and then the Western form of tattooing they found so fascinating was the idea that a person could have something much more creative or meaningful to them than just a dot, line or name. It is also interesting to see how they view the body art as beautiful, where as many people in American culture see tattoos as tasteless, rebellious and “white trash.”

It is supposed to be instilled in the minds of people who get tattoos that if they can be seen it can interfere with getting a job or being taken seriously. Depending on the position, or the types of people that they are talking to in the workforce, tattoos can be discriminated against. There is no way these pieces of body art affect a person’s work ethic or who they are, but image and presentation are everything to a company. Although there are connotations that come with tattoos, it is safe to assume the way younger generations are socially accepting of the ink that negativity will fade away in time.

The culture of tattoos does tend to divide between those who get the tattoos to show off and those who get them for personal meaning. The Guinness Book of World Records shows a man tattooed to look like a cheetah. He had made it his goal to go through the pain, time and money to get this print tattooed on his entire body. Some may view this as crazy and unnecessary, while others may have seen it as having some kind of personal meaning, because he fulfilled a goal of getting in this famous book about people who can do extreme things.

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There are of course those people who get tattoos to be trendy and fit in to be cool. Younger generations can see it as a permanent fashion statement — that’s where the stereotyped “tramp stamp” and “muscle man tribal bands” come in. These are the tattoos that tend to be regretted in the future. If these pieces of body art are gotten to remember, symbolize or honor something, or even just because it has a personal meaning there is no reason to regret the tattoos because they can represent the significant time in the life in which the person got it. It is almost a right of passage now for a person to get one. In New Jersey the age that you are legally allowed to get a tattoo with out your parents’ consent is 18 years old, and many get one for their 18th birthday as a symbol of being able to make a decision on their own. They can represent multiple things to a person and should not be looked down upon. Tattoos are an important part of society because it shows how people are progressing and being more accepting of the body art.

Published: Wednesday, March 4, 2009 found at

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