The world went gaga over their tattoos – Saif’s love tattoo, Sanjay Dutt’s colorful shoulder tattoo, the ink-stained torso of Arjun Rampal, not to forget Rakhi Sawant’s oh-so-conspicuous tattoo and the “kaanta-laga” girl, Shefali Zariwala and the arrow piercing her heart tattoo – the list is endless.
Tattoo amongst modern youth and their icons is yuppie, bold, fashionable, exorbitant, and worth extensive media glare. Or so, we think! There is nothing modern, chic or glamorous about the tattoo. The art of tattooing is ethnic and if you may, very rustic!
We often see the famous black Om or Swastik sign on the hands or wrist of men and woman from rural
In the rural areas of Madhya Pradesh, vegetable die and lamp-black or charcoal dust mixed with linseed oil is used as ink. In many tribal areas in
And then there is the pain-free temporary mehendi or henna tattoo, which is very popular in the West.
So, the next time you plan à la mode tattoo, instead of directly walking into an exuberant air-conditioned tattoo parlor, drive down to the nearest village and come back with traditional patterns, counted points, lines, moon like shapes, blossoms, animal shapes, leaves and tendrils!