Tattoos tell stories of triumph, laughter, heartbreak, and all that is between. Those who choose to use their bodies as canvas wish to reveal something personal, remind themselves daily of something intimate and use tattoos as that medium. This artistic practice may seem contemporary, however it traces back to centuries of traditions as cultural symbols among various tribal groups. Tattoos were used to show social status and identify accomplishments and crimes. More recently, bodily inscription is associated with punk, biker, hip-hop and other alternative cultures. However, through the progression of social movement, tattoos crossed social and class boundaries and it now common amongst the everyday man or woman as art and personal expression. The modern tattooed person wishes to reinvent and redefine, they choose to open up to the world, widen their horizons, and speak loudly without saying a word.

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