Professional and Amateur Tattoos

Many tattoos serve as rites of passage, status and rank marks, symbols of religious devotion and spiritual bravery decorations, sexual lures and fertility marks, promises of love, grief, amulets and talismans, protection and marks of the outcasts , The slaves and convicts. The symbolism and impact of tattoos varies in different places and cultures. Tattoos can show how a person feels about a relative (commonly a mother / father or daughter / child) or an unrelated person.
Today, people choose to be tattooed for artistic, cosmetic, sentimental / memorial, religious and magical reasons, and to symbolize their belonging to certain groups, including criminal gangs (see criminal tattoos) or certain ethnic group or permanent law. Some Maori still choose to wear intricate moko on their faces. Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, the yantra tattoo is used for protection against evil and to increase luck. Text tattoos that include quotes, words, currency or personal scripture are very popular in Western culture. For example, some Christians may have a psalm or verse of the Bible tattooed on their bodies. Popular verses include John 3:16, Philippians 4:13 ET Psalm 23.
In the Philippines certain tribal groups believe that tattoos have magical qualities, and help protect their wearers. Most of the traditional tattoos in the Philippines are related to the achievements of the life bearer or rank in the tribe. Extensive decorative tattoo is common among traditional freak show members and performance artists who follow in their tradition.