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Art takes many forms. Familiar to most people are mediums like canvas, sculpture, wood, and architecture. While a good portion of the population doesn’t want to admit it, there are alternative mediums that produce exquisite works of art. One of the art forms rarely admired outside of its circle is tattoo art. Luckily, with the help of a whole slew of tattoo-based reality shows, the art form is starting to gain recognition. If you are considering turning your body into a canvas, make sure that the artist working with it is a master artist; cheap tattoos quickly lead to regret and embarrassment. For an example of what master tattoo artists are capable of producing, check out tattooslafayettela.com.

Tattoos have a long history in world culture. The oldest tattoo on record was found on the frozen body of a 5,000 year old man discovered between Austria and Italy. The marks on his body led researchers to believe that the tattoos had been applied as a remedy for arthritis. While tattoos may have a long and varied history among hundreds of different world cultures, they may be new to you. As with most things that are new, there is definitely a learning curve when it comes to vocabulary. Below you will find some terms common to tattoo artistry that may help you better communicate with the artist you choose.

Glossary of Tattoo Terms

Tattoo Flash: This is basically a tattoo artist’s portfolio. It contains examples of artwork that particular artist is capable of. Sometimes larger studios will have a flash that contains examples from all of their artists. Sometimes studios buy flash from artists and make them available as tattoos.

Scratcher: A person who illegally tattoos people.

Gun: The type of machine used by scratchers. Actual tattoo artists will never use or refer to their machine as a gun. If you hear that term, run.

Irons: The term used by dedicated tattoo artists to refer to the machine they use to create their art. 

Ghosts: These are blurry spots that form around dots and lines. They are caused by the type of needle used to apply the tattoo or the client’s skin type. Most often, these blurry clouds will fade away.

Holidays: This is when there is a little uncolored spot within a larger, colored area.

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