Rom film stars and sportsper­sons to or­di­nary peo­ple, this life-long piece of cre­ativ­ity is grip­ping all in var­i­ous shapes and forms. From the names and pic­tures of their loved ones to re­li­gious and spir­i­tual fig­ures and chants, to na­tional he­roes and even

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So what does a tat­too mean to them? What at­tracts them to this painful process, which isn’t just hard to get, but even more painful and ex­pen­sive to be re­moved? “A tat­too is a lot of things put to­gether,” says Delhi-based tat­too artist Hendry Lama. “It is a way of ex­pres­sion, a trend, idol wor­ship and, more im­por­tantly, a re­flec­tion of one’s psy­che.”

Once as­so­ci­ated with drunken sailors, felons and Hell Angels, tat­toos have gone nearly main­stream. Men and women alike say their tat­toos make them feel sexy and re­bel­lious. For many peo­ple, tat­toos sym­bol­ise angst, re­bel­lion, and a rock ‘n’ roll cul­ture. But rebels are now chal­leng­ing the stereo­types by re­plac­ing tat­toos of skulls-and-dag­gers with those of re­li­gious sym­bols. And at In­dia’s first-ever In­ter­na­tional Tat­too Con­ven­tion held at Su­ra­jkund in Oc­to­ber 2011, artists from across the world inked images of Shiva, Bud­dha, and even San­skrit shlokas on vis­i­tors.

Re­cently, there has been a surge in in­ter­est in San­skrit tat­too de­signs and sym­bols among Hol­ly­wood and other celebs. Bri­tish footballer Theo Wal­cott has joined the San­skrit Tat­too Club. On the in­side of his right arm, a San­skrit tat­too re­port­edly mean­ing ‘Beau­ti­ful, Blessed, Strong, In­tel­li­gent’ is en­graved. Ac­tress Jessica Alba, mu­si­cian Tommy Lee, singer Ri­hana, dancer-singer Kim­berly Wy­att are some celebs sport­ing San­skrit tat­toos.


It was the ‘Mast, Mast’ girl Raveena Tan­don who started it all in Bol­ly­wood with a scor­pion etched on her chest – dis­play­ing her sun sign. “I was the first one to get a tat­too done in 1993,” says the ac­tress. And ever since Saif Ali Khan tat­tooed the name of his lady love Ka­reena Kapoor (now his wife) in Dev­na­gri on his arm, he knew no peace with ev­ery shut­ter­bug try­ing to click away at the tat­too and ev­ery film­maker made fun of it from Ro­hit Shetty in Gol­maal Re­turns and Ju­gal Han­sraj in Road­side Romeo, both films in­volv­ing Ka­reena.

Ladies aren’t far be­hind. Head­ing the pack is Am­rita Arora. She got her for­mer lover Us­man Afzal’s name in Ara­bic tat­tooed on her lower back. At an in­ter­na­tional con­cert in 2007, Malaika Arora had the spine to show off a lower back tat­too. Esha Deol, a shy in­tro­verted girl, has a Gay­a­tri Mantra tat­too be­hind her shoul­der and Om on the other side. Among the older lot, Ur­mila Ma­tond­kar is a sur­prise tat­too en­thu­si­ast. Rakhi Sawant has three tat­toos on her body. Sush­mita Sen likes Durga Maa and Riya Sen has got a Lo­tus; Mahima Chaud­hary likes flow­ers; Kunal Kapoor likes the dragon; Shah Rukh Khan and Kunal Khemu sport tribal art on their bod­ies. One among of the most tat­tooed men in tin­sel town is San­jay Dutt.

Then there is di­rec­tor Apoorva Lakhia, who is the most tat­tooed Bol­ly­wood celeb who has tat­toos all over his arms right up his neck. He has one of God­dess Kali, two Hanu­mans, and the Hanu­man Chal­isa writ­ten around a tat­too of Su­per­man. Bunty Walia has got parts of Shiv Chal­isa on his body. Ak­shay Ku­mar too is pretty clued to this art and has his son Aarav’s name inked on his beefed up body. An­other divine body that has tat­toos of his daugh­ters’ names be­longs to model-turned-ac­tor Ar­jun Ram­pal. Nice boy Aftab Shiv­dasani has two tat­toos, one is his name writ­ten in Ja­panese and an­other of four gods on his right arm.

Just like mil­lion-dol­lar hand­bags and pocket-sized pam­pered poo­dles, celeb tat­toos still at­tract a lot of at­ten­tion. Surely, the most pop­u­lar tat­tooed fe­male celeb in the world to­day has to be Hol­ly­wood ac­tress An­gelina Jolie. Her tat­toos re­flect what she is – ex­otic, sen­su­ous with a hint of dan­ger. Her tat­toos con­sist of tribal dragons, a Thai tiger, and var­i­ous Latin say­ings across her shoul­ders and arms. Some other best tat­toos around cover some of the world’s most gor­geous bod­ies in­clude David and Vic­to­ria Beck­ham. Amy Wine­house, Pamela An­der­son, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Justin Tim­ber­lake – the list is end­less. Re­ports sug­gest that a shock­ing 80 per cent of the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try has tat­toos whereas a mere 20 per cent of the gen­eral pub­lic has stained skin.

Sports celebs with tat­tooed bod­ies in­clude crick­eters (Vi­rat Kohli, Dale Steyn, Bren­don Mccul­lum, Mitchell John­son, Michael Clark, La­sith Malinga), foot­ballers (Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic, Olivier Giroud, Ri­cardo Quare­sema, Kevin-prince Boateng, David Beck­ham, Dani Alves) and oth­ers. The Olympic tat­too, which is now the sign of true sport­ing suc­cess, seems to be the school of thought among the world’s top Olympic he­roes who have inked the trade­mark Olympic Games Rings on their fit physiques. quirky at times, they give an in­sight into the life of a per­son. A tat­too can speak about his or her be­liefs, val­ues or strengths. It can also be a medium to rep­re­sent hisc or her love story, a pleas­ant mem­ory, a win­ning mo­ment or life’s motto.

Hear Mum­bai-based celebrity tat­too artist Sameer Patange who has inked the likes of Hrithik Roshan, Sal­man Khan, San­jay Dutt and Ajay Devgn and has also inked a sto­ry­telling tat­too on ac­tor Sush­mita Sen. “When you over­come some­thing in life, you want to show off your vic­tory. Temp­ta­tion was some­thing Sush­mita wanted to win over. Hence, she got the word etched on her arm with the let­ter ‘T’ in the shape of a dag­ger. The ac­tress im­plied that temp­ta­tion is a beau­ti­ful feel­ing, but it can be equally dan­ger­ous.

Each tat­too has a tale to tell. These are just real-life sto­ries that are pic­to­ri­ally ex­plained. Mean­ing­ful tat­toos that ex­press the in­ner­most feel­ings are very pop­u­lar. Sim­ple de­signs can tell a tale you can never imag­ine. Never mind di­a­monds; a tat­too is for­ever too. And that’s pre­cisely what gives

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mark as it’s a re­minder that their ‘story isn’t over yet’! Days af­ter widely revered King Bhu­mi­bol Adulyadej of Thai­land died in Oc­to­ber 2016, Thais headed to tat­too par­lours to get free a last­ing mem­ory of their monarch! Char­lotte Gut­ten­berg (67) an Amer­i­can woman set a new Guin­ness World Record in Septem­ber 2016 when she, with nearly 91.5 per cent of her body cov­ered in elab­o­rate de­signs and colour, be­came the most tat­tooed fe­male se­nior cit­i­zen! Celebs like Bey­once, Katie Holmes, Kate Moss, Alessan­dra Am­bro­sio and Vanessa Hud­gens have taken to metal­lic tat­too trend. Known as ‘Flash tat­toos’, these are tem­po­rary, two-de­men­sional tat­toosc are made with gold, sil­ver, bronze! ‘Rocky’, a stolen Ger­man shep­herd, trav­elled 400 miles over 3 years to get back home in an Ital­ian vil­lage when the vet­eri­nar­i­ans were treat­ing it and found a tat­too on him that helped track his owner!

skin free from in­fec­tion are the same that al­low ink to live for­ever in our skin.

A few square inches of ink work cost any­where from a few hun­dred ru­pees to a few thou­sand ru­pees. Keep­ing ap­pre­hen­sions and in­hi­bi­tions aside, an in­creas­ing num­ber of peo­ple – right from the young to the old – are get­ting them­selves tat­tooed. It’s a per­ma­nent fash­ion state­ment that lives with you for­ever. The hu­man body is very plain and tat­toos are a great dec­o­ra­tion. Trends come and go, but a tat­too lives on.

The prac­tice of tat­too­ing peo­ple

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