By Tim Newton
All around the world, people use tattoos to show that they belong to a special group, be it the soldiers, sailors, gangs or even aboriginal tribes. Nowadays, though, tattoos have also shown up among young people, as an expression of individuality. There are several popular designs, among them Sanskrit tattoo designs, dreamcatcher tattoos, Celtic crosses and tribal designs.
You can find people with tattoos in any of the First World nations - North America, Europe, Japan. These are all societies with a well-developed culture of fine arts, contributing to the creation of both tattoo artists as well as customers who appreciate fine tattoos.
Tattoos have gone in and out of fashion many times, but most recently they have seen a resurgence - led by popular celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. While Pitt started off as a "bad boy" actor, he seems to have been tamed by Jolie's passion for rescuing Third World orphans.
When you get a tattoo, it is important not only to select your perfect design but also to plan where you want to place it. For example, a dragon tattoo needs a large area - like your entire back - to fully show its glory. Whereas dreamcatcher tattoo designs tend to be smaller and more subtle. You might place them between the junction of neck and shoulder. But what about Sanskrit tattoo designs? Well, depending on your design, there are three different places which are popular: wrist, lower back and arm.
The wrist is a popular place to ink your Sanskrit tattoo designs. The horizontal lines of Sanskrit characters link up nicely to form a permanent bracelet. While there are other popular designs for the wrist, for example Chinese and Japanese Kanji characters, they are not as elegant as Sanskrit tattoo designs. Armband tattoos using tribal designs are a rival for Sanskrit permanent bracelets, but they are usually thicker. Ultimately, which one you get would depend on your personal preference and the skill of your tattoo artist.
Your arm is another good place to put your tattoos. A well-toned bicep together with the right tattoo design can really work wonders. However, you need to be careful to choose a design which does not become distorted when you flex your biceps. One of the best Sanskrit tattoo designs for your arm is the Trishula, or trident. It is the chosen weapon of the Hindu god Shiva, who destroys the world so that Brahma can re-create it in more perfect form. The Trishula is said to embody power and authority.
Lower back tattoos are more popular with women than with men. Peeping out from low-cut jeans, they can be irresistably sexy. Over here, the best Sanskrit tattoo designs would be the Om super-imposed on the lotus flower. The lotus flower symbolizes the cycle of creation and destruction in Hindu mythology, while mystics and spiritualists consider Om to be one of the primal sounds of creation.
Other popular tattoos for the lower back are the dreamcatcher tattoo designs, heart designs, flowers and Celtic crosses. You might want to avoid placing your tattoo over the spine, as some people report that inking tattoos here can be painful. This is one reason that many women have their lower back tattoos offset to the right or left side.
Remember to plan for location when you get your Sanskrit tattoo designs. Avoid bony areas, which can be painful for some people. Make sure the particular design you choose fits your personality and does not go against the essence of your character. If you have any doubts, consult your tattoo artist to make sure your preferred designs are suitable for your chosen placement.