Cosmetic Tattooing Vs. Body Art
Tattoo art has been around for over 5000 years originating in Tahitian, Polynesian, and African culture. For centuries people have used tattoos for spiritual, religious and cultural reasons. The word tattoo became popular in Europe and the West in 1769 when the explorer Joseph Banks published a journal about the natives from the South Pacific and their beautifully adorned bodies.
It wasn’t until the 1960’s that tattoo art was used for cosmetic and medical purposes. With that said, you should know that there is one very important difference between body art, and cosmetic tattooing. For tattoo art, we use tattoo ink. These are strong primary colors that are suitable for body art. For example, if you were getting a flower on your shoulder, you would want the petal of that rose to be a bright and vibrant red, the stems of that rose should be a strong earthy green. If I were to use that same red ink on your lips however, you would have fire engine red lips and I promise you will NOT be happy with me. Your lips or eyebrows would walk into the room before you did….. For cosmetic tattooing we use “pigment”. Pigments are soft tertiary colors that are far removed from primary colors so that it looks soft and natural, like makeup, not body art.
The one thing permanent cosmetics does NOT do is take the place of conventional makeup. Cosmetic tattooing is designed to accentuate and add a little color in the three main focal points of your face: your eyes, eyebrows, and lip. As we age, we look ”washed out” without color…. In my humble opinion, application of permanent cosmetics should always look like “day wear” makeup, not evening wear.