Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Scroll Tattoo Designs

Scroll Tattoo Designs
Scroll tattoos are generally used as a decorative border and — unless combined with other symbols — are usually without a meaning of their own. However, many people like to use scroll tattoos when they want to express something with words instead of art, but would still like to have a dash of style in their piece.

The majority of scroll tattoos you will see will be either an unrolled (and often quite aged) piece of parchment paper, or a slender scroll rolled across another symbol, such as a heart. Long poems and verses most commonly fill in the blanks of these scrolls; however, for something a little different you could create an ancient-looking painting within the body of the paper. You could also re-shape the aged parchment into a flower, with different words or symbols written in a flowing cursive on each petal. Also, instead of placing the scroll over a heart, you could try making a heart of the scroll — a small roll at each tip of the heart, maybe ripped or bearing a well loved quote, or the name of someone dear to you.

Many scroll tattoos feature the unmistakeably stylish curlicue scroll patterns. Although they may occasionally be seen on their own, they are usually used to frame, or enhance pictures, symbols or words. One good example of this would be to create a border with the Double C scroll: for this you could use four long Double C scrolls with the curlicues facing outward. You might also use the “S” scroll under a word or paragraph, or you could also create a tree or flower design by combing the “C,” Double C, and “S” scrolls. Some people also like to use these designs to elongate or elaborate on more simple designs like crosses or yin yangs.

Some people like to use scroll tattoos in unusual ways, or make their scrolls a little different. For instance, you may see a traditional parchment scroll wrapped around an arm or a leg. You may also see the scroll made out of snake skin, or with the tail and wings of a dragon. You could also create a flaming scroll, or even a worn old treasure map.

Even without a lot of significant meaning of its own, between the ancient parchment that bears beautiful words, and the stunning and classical curls that swoop and swirl, you will find that scroll tattoos are aesthetically versatile, and simply delightful.

Kanji Tattoo Designs

Kanji Tattoo Designs
Kanji script is an intricate system of symbols known as pictograms. These pictograms were first developed in China but became an integral part of written communication in Japan some time around the 5th century. Since then, kanji tattoos have become a way of expressing deeply felt emotions and thoughts through elegant and ancient means. There are roughly 50,000 characters known, and because of this, it is easy to misunderstand or mistake their meaning. Unfortunately, this miscommunication sometimes ends up permanently etched onto the skin of the wearer, so it is important to check and recheck each symbol prior to the tattooing process.

Many kanji tattoos are done in the traditional calligraphy style. These images depict each character in thick, sweeping strokes that look as if they were done by a rounded brush. Sometimes people like to make these images more unique and make the brush strokes look slightly sloppier by leaving behind drops of paint or leaving the edges with unfinished, fading ends. Although black is the most common color for this particular type, some like to have them done in shades of red or jade green.

Despite the fact that calligraphy is very common, some prefer to give their kanji tattoos a more modern slant. For instance, the lines of the characters may be made thin and sharp so as to look as if they were written with a fine-tipped pen. The script may also be given a blunt or block-like appearance. One variation of this particular style would be to create thick lines that are filled in with smaller text. This text could be written in the wearer’s native tongue and may be used to translate what each character means. As an alternative to this, small images that represent the meaning of the character may be used as a background.

Single, meaningful words such as “love,” “joy,” or “peace” are frequently used in kanji tattoos; however, this script can be utilized to tell a much larger story. Poems, lyrics and quotes can often be translated into kanji characters, as can names and dates. It is also fairly common to see this script mingled with images or symbols that are relevant to the wearer. For instance, a portrait of a loved one may be surrounded by kanji script that tells the name and date of birth of the person in the picture. Astrological signs, animals, sheet music and flowers may also make their way into this particular style of kanji body art.