If you are going to Hartford, tattoo heaven is just 30 minutes away in Enfield! It is called Torture Ink, and it is worth the short drive if you are planning to get body art done. If you are getting a tattoo, you will be joining the ranks of millions who have done the same, dating back millenniums.
The art of tattooing has been around for thousands of years, adorning the human body with designs, either intricate or simple. The reasons for these adornments vary, yet are always personal. Some of them are designed to declare love, or as status symbols. Some denote religious beliefs, and some were even applied as a punishment.
The earliest evidence we have of tattooing was found on the upper lip of a 7,000 year-old mummy from the Chinchorro culture of northern Chile and southern Peru. The tattoo is of a thin, pencil mustache, indicating that it was strictly for cosmetic purposes.
Another very early example of human tattooing was found on a mummy discovered in the area of the Italian-Austrian border in the Otztal Alps in 1991. The male mummy has been given the appropriate nickname of “Otzi the Iceman.” The body was frozen in ice from the chest down, and it took a special team to extract it from the 5,200 year-old icy grave. On the body was found a series of tattoos. Because of the placement of the tattoos on the ankle joints, lower spine and right knee, some experts believe that the markings were therapeutic, and applied to relieve pain.
There are several pieces of evidence that Egyptian women bore tattoos on their bodies and limbs. Several female figurines from 4000-3500 B.C. have been discovered, and occasionally they were found in tomb scenes. There have also been tattoo tools discovered in the town of Gurob in northern Egypt that date back to 1300 B.C. And more enlightening are the mummies that have been discovered in Egypt, dating back as far as 2000 B.C.
A brief study into the history of tattoos makes it clear that the practice has been around for a very long time. Today, the art continues. The equipment is higher tech, and the artists are very skilled, but the principle is basically the same as it was millenniums ago. If there is artwork you want displayed on your body, either for all to see or just a select few, it can be done.
The skilled artists at Torture Ink are amongst the best in the body art industry, some of them having over 20 years of experience. They use contemporary tattoo techniques that very few artists even know about.
In addition to tattoos, Torture Ink provides high quality body piercing services. They use the most medically safe and sanitary methods available, and provide an array of body jewelry to choose from right in the shop. Torture Ink also offers airbrushing and pin striping services.
To make an appointment for your body art, give Torture Ink a call and schedule your session today.