Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Tattoo Talk * Giveaway Winner

Firstly Congratulations to...........................


who is the winner of the Wicked Minky necklace and Glittersniffer eyeshadows.

and in response to your comment Pixie you can see my Wicked Minky tattoo here.

If you can email me your address ( I will arrange for the prizes to be posted asap.

This weeks tattoo topic is very personal to me.

My first memory of a tattoo is of me spending hours looking at my grandads when i was tiny. He was in the Navy and seems to have subscribed to all the traditions so has quite a few (anchor,sparrow etc etc)

I had my recent sparrow done to emulate my grandads so i will always have a memory of him. (for some reason i cant upload the picture again but i originally posted about it here)

Over the last couple of weeks i have been reading quite a lot about the history and culture surrounding the tattoo. I wont go into a long essay, but here are a few fact surrounding the tattoo and the British Navy.

It was Captain Cook returning from his expeditions to Polynesia, who brought stories of the native tattoos that inspired sailors to get tattoo's.

Tattoos have also long been used as a means of identifying people who have drowned

By the end of the 19th Century 90% of sailors had a tattoo

A sailor would get a swallow tattoo after successfully sailing a certain amount of miles (i have read that it's 5,000 nautical miles at sea) and a an anchor tattoo after having crossed the atlantic ocean

On a different note there also appears to have been a correlation between sailors with psychatric problems and the number of tattoos they have. I am a geek and i found this out by reading a report on the British Journal of Criminology Website , if anyone has any spare time and reads this i would love to know what you think of it.

I will be back to pictures and fashion and jewellery next week

1 comment :

  1. Wow! I'm so unbelievably sorry - I didn't see this post until just now. Thanks for the hint to check it ;)

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway and - your tattoo is amaze!