There is something magical about art. Music, poetry, dance, and drama all hold an enchantment so real that people will do just about anything to make contact with the particular art form that makes their life worth the living. Art is so captivating that many people desire to wear it, or even to become it. This is made evident by the millions of dollars that are spent each year on designer clothing and one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. Those who just can’t seem to get close enough to art often become a living, breathing work of art. How? By getting tattooed.
Some would agree that tattoos are not only works of art, but means by which individuals become art. This is fascinating when you think of it. For relatively small amounts of money, someone can enter a tattoo parlor having 100 percent natural-toned flesh and exit having had a section of their body shaded with vibrant colors. What beautiful things tattoos are.
Tattoos used to be considered primarily masculine. However, the times have changed drastically. More women were tattooed in 2012 than men (in the United States). Also, tattoos are evolving into more feminine, beautiful works of art. In some ways, tattoos are becoming a female affair. This is due in part to a woman named Maud Wagoner — the first American female tattoo artist.
Maud Wagoner was a woman like no other. While most ladies of the Victorian era were studying homemaking and vying for a husband and children, Maud was doing all she could to become a skilled tattooist. She went so far as to “trade a date with her husband-to-be for tattoo lessons.” Her talent for tattooing was passed down to her daughter, Lotteva Wagoner, who was also a tattoo artist.
Thanks to artistic forerunners like Maud Wagoner, body art on women is becoming more the rule than the exeption. For art lovers, this should be good news. After all, when done by excellent artists, tattoos turn people into walking works of art, and that is a beautiful thing.
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I am amazed and delighted with the exquisite workmanship of these talented artists. I am sitting in a Vancouver Starbucks and just finished speaking with another customer who had a tattoo that represented the wolf from Tchaikovsky’s Peter and the Wolf. What is remarkable is the medium that these artists work with – living and breathing flesh. Excellent post….
I would love to see that Tattoo! Some of these talented artists are so amazing. Vancouver sounds like so much fun! Enjoy your drink!
The coffee was wonderful. There is a great deal of this type of art, which is enriched by our diversity. Every time I go for a walk, I hear about 5 different languages…
Only 5 different languages, wow.
Nice piece – I am a fan of great tattoo artists – neat to learn about a pioneer!
Glad you like my article. Nice to share ideas with other artists!
Great Tattoos are amazing. Lousy tattoos are just… well… lousy.
But seriously, I find it fascinating that in an era when times are bad it’s the common folk — not the rich — who are investing in art. Except it’s not the art on canvasses or carved in marble they are investing it, it’s the art of skin. An interesting take on bringing art to the masses.