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THURSDAY NOVEMBER 29, 2012
Tattooed and Inked Distinction, honor, expression Even though tattoos are now trending, they previously had a greater meaning than self expression. BY MADISON MILANO Staff Writer
Tattoos, like everything else, have their trends. There are certain designs and placements that are considered “in” during certain times. But no matter what, tribal tattoos always seem to be a consideration. No doubt tribal tattoos have an appealing look, but what about their history? My guess is that most people who have, or consider getting, tribal tattoos do not know why they were used in the first place. Tattoos date back to ancient Egyptian and Greek times. History shows that the custom of getting and having tattoos used to be a purely female attribute. Some believe that women used to be marked because they were of “dubious status” – it was the mark of prostitutes or were meant to protect the women against sexually transmitted diseases. Others think that tattoos were used as a type of therapy during pregnancy and birth. These tattoos consisted mostly of dotted patterns of lines. The Greeks and Romans would use tattoos to mark someone as belonging to a religious sect. The Maori culture of New Zealand used facial tattoos to mark social status. A lot of tribes, like the Samoans, believed that getting tattoos was the first
Thursday Nov. 29
off campus escapes
HOLIDAY FINE CRAFT SALE
CLAY AIKEN CHRISTMAS SHOW
120 Christmas tree floating on Lake Meone along with a show of lights and music.
Find unique holiday gifts, handmade by professional artists. Find affordable holiday gifts.
Clay Aiken will appear for his annual holiday outing. The ‘American Idol’ finalist realeased his holiday album in 2004.
Monday Dec. 3
PEDDLER’S VILLAGE CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
COMMUNITY ARTS HOLIDAY SALE
Get ready for the annual Christmas parade featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus accompanied by local scout troops.
Browse through gifts for the annual holiday sale featuring works from talented artists. There will be music and decorations to make the experience festive.
10 A.M.-5 P.M.
COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER WALLINGFORD, PA 10 A.M. FREE
ink into the cuts. While the practice of tattoos has certainly changed over the years, tribal tattoos can still be found today. Their original designs of sweeping curves and sharp points that form patterns are still seen mainstream. Some people get them because they like the way they look, others get them to connect with their heritage. But one thing will remain the same: the prominence of tribal tattoos. While they no longer symbolize belonging to specific tribe or social class, they will always be an option for someone waiting to get inked.
HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW
HISTORIC SMITHVILLE, GREEN ABSECON, NJ 5:30-8 P.M. FREE
step in becoming a man. And of course the Native Americans had their tribal tattoos. Different tribes were known by the tattoos that they had. Markings were different depending on the tribes and regions they were from. For Native Americans, tattoos of animals were common. They used man-made needles and natural pigments for ink. A common way to give a tattoo consisted of cutting the skin and rubbing charcoal, dark dyes or
MAIN LINE ART CENTER HAVERFORD, PA 10 A.M.-8 P.M. FREE
TRUMP TAJ MAHAL CASINO RESORT 8 P.M. $19-$34
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS This event will treat guests to a tour of the residence in Christmas cheer with creative ideas for the holiday season. Guests must be 21 or older to attend.
HAGLEY MUSEUM AND LIBRARY WILMINGTON, DE 7:9 P.M. $35-$45
HOLIDAY TRUNK & FASHION SHOW
Presented by Dress for Success Philadelphia, this is the third annual trunk fashion show including food, drink, raffles, giveaways and more! 6-9 P.M. $25 PRE-ORDERED $35 AT THE DOOR
| MANAGING EDITOR, LAURA GALLAGHER | LCG39@CABRINI.EDU
Published on Nov 29, 2012