Tattoos have become completely mainstream in the last few years. That being said, there is much infighting between lovers of body art. Despite being all in somewhat of the same boat. So what’s the latest war? Solid. Black. Tattoos. See below:
Tattoo artist Hanumantra Lamar, above, is an advocate for the style and said this to Huffington post: “it’s a lifestyle and a philosophy which believes less really is more.” This, of course, is a pretty lofty statement about a tattoo that resembles a strip of black paint across various body parts. But we’ll let you be judge of it’s aesthetic value.
In an interview with Buzzfeed, a tattoo artist from singapore by the name of Chester Lee said the tattoos are “inspired by tribal tattoos and the ancient, sacred markings” of various indigenous people. They are meaningful to some, especially those with cultural ties to the tribes themselves. But other’s might call this just the latest instance of cultural appropriation.
The term, has been hot in the news lately as first nation tribes are leading the charge against what they see as an insult to sacred aspects of their ancestry. Mainly, think upper-class non-natives drinking to excess at Coachella while running around in a head dress. We won’t make a judgement on that, as we aren’t qualified, but you can form one for yourself.
But if you still wanted to get one of these for yourself, what would you need to do? Well, for starters you would need to find an artist willing to do it. You also need a pretty high pain tolerance and – a fat wallet. They are more time consuming than any other style. The area has to be painted a deep shade of black with a very thin needle, and could take as long as 100 hours of work. Regardless, the work is beautiful in a painful way.