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People can spend a great deal of time online looking for the perfect tattoo design. There are many different options available for research tattoo designs online. This article will look at some of the different types of sites and explain what the difference is between them. This will help clear up the confusion about the difference between free tattoo galleries and free tattoo flash.

The world of the internet has really creeped into almost every part of our life. It has become so easy to find a ton of great information in just seconds by using the internet and today's search engines. This has even changed the method of selecting a tattoo design. Year ago if you wanted a tattoo then you had to go to your local tattoo shop. However, today there are a ton of options to finding tattoo ideas online. The first place that people often look is free tattoo galleries. There are tons of internet users looking for their tattoo galleries for a wide variety of reasons. Typically a tattoo gallery will consist of user submitted photos of tattoos. That means somebody goes out and get a tattoo, takes a picture of the finished work and then posts it online. These free galleries are a great resource to find a lot of tattoo photos and ideas quickly. However once you find a tattoo you like you will have to print out the picture and take it to your local shop or find someone to make a design fo the tattoo for you based on the picture.

The other type of sites is one that specializes in tattoo ready designs called flash. These are tattoo designs that have already been put on a special paper so any tattoo artists can easily replicate the design and make the exact tattoo quickly and easily. There are a ton of sites now online that sells tattoo flash designs. However, as a user if you are trying to find some of this high quality flash for a tattoo design that you are honestly considering getting done then stop using the word free in the search. If you use the search term "free tattoo flash" then you might end up having to plow through a bunch of pretty useless sites that offer low quality flash. However if you just search for the term tattoo flash online you can quickly and easily find great quality tattoo flash designs.

This really goes along with the old saying you get what you pay for. Well, if you are looking for free tattoo flash and galleries then you are probably not going to end up with a super high quality design. In fact the actual tattoo design might not even be done by professional flash artists. Instead many people just pay to have an artist to a bunch of tattoo designs. These artists might not even be tattoo artists but just artists in general.

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A man who owns a tattoo shop located downtown contacted me. More about him in a moment.
After reading his response, I couldn't seem to get the subject of tattoos and body piercings out of my head. I recalled a British minister - a man in his late 50's at the time - testifying that the Lord had directed him to pierce an ear in the fashion of the bond servant referred to by the apostle Paul. Such a servant would have his ear pierced his master as a sign that he would serve him forever. When this minister obeyed, he claimed that many more young people were attending his meetings as a result.

After a class I was teaching, an attendee mentioned to me that his Christian son showed up on a construction site where he encountered a heavily-tattooed man. The Christian struck up a conversation with the tattooed man who commented that he was surprised that he spoke to him as hardly anyone every did so. He believed this was because of all his tattoos, giving the Christian the in-road to minister to him.

I remembered a Christian biker preaching from the pulpit, his Popeye forearms covered with tattoos as he spoke, and how the young guys flocked around him to talk afterward.

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There was always an important role in ritual and tradition for tattoos. Women in Borneo used to tattoo symbols on their forearm indicating their particular skill. If a woman was to wear a symbol showing she was a skilled weaver, her status was then considered as prime marriageable material. To ward away illness tattoos were place around the wrist and fingers. All throughout the history of tattoos, they have signified membership in a clan or society. Even groups today, like the Hells Angels, tattoo their group symbol. It has sometimes been believed that the wearer of an image that was tattooed calls the spirit of that particular image. If that belief holds true, the ferocity of a tiger would belong to a person with a tiger tattoo. That tradition seems holds true even today shown by the images of tigers, snakes and bird of prey tattoo on a person's body.

The word tattoo is said to come from the Tahitian word "tatu" which means "to mark something". Tattooing has arguably been claimed to have existed since 12,000 years BC.

Tattooing purpose has varied from culture to culture and its place on the time line. The earliest tattoos can be found in Egypt during the time of the construction of the great pyramids (It probably started much earlier) but this is the earliest recorded history. After the Egyptians expanded their empire, the art of tattooing began to spread as well. The ancient civilizations of Crete, Greece, Persia and Arabia picked up tattooing and expanded the art form. Around 2000 BC tattooing was then spread to China. For communications among spies, the Greeks used tattooing. Certain marking identified the spies and showed their rank. The Romans used tattoos to mark their criminals and slaves. This tradition continues even today. In western Asia girls coming of age were tattooed to show social standing, as were the married women.

The Ainu people of western Asia were known to show the Japanese the art of tattooing. It Japan tattooing was developed to be used in a religious and ceremonial rites. The women of Borneo were the tattooists. They were the one to produce designs that showed indications of the owner's station in life and what tribe he belonged to. New Zealand developed a facial style of tattooing that is still used today. It is called Moko. There are even tribes found in Alaska that practiced tattooing. Their style indicated that it was learned from the Ainu. There is even evidence that the Incas, Mayans and Aztecs used tattooing on rituals.