Strawberry Tattoos

Strawberry tattoos are not just playful elements of tattoo art, or just another design in a tattoo album. They represent a variety of ideas and symbols that began centuries ago. In modern context, they are exponents of feminism, seduction, and fertility. However, there is a lot more to strawberries than meets the eye. Here’s something you didn’t know about the tattoos that represent this luscious fruit.

Meaning

Strawberries have a story that goes way back in time. One may think that it is a relatively new concept introduced in the field of tattoo art and design; but it is a representation of different cultures and traditions, and is highly symbolic of several age-old beliefs. Strawberry tattoos have now gained much popularity especially among women.

  • These tattoos are a symbol of love and playfulness, and are therefore, an ideal choice for those seeking love. Even for women who want to portray their love for their partner may get this tattoo.
  • Strawberries have also earned themselves the title of ‘aphrodisiacs’, as they were an important ingredient in the meals of newlyweds, in olden days in France.
  • As playful as they are assumed to be, strawberries also propound fidelity and honesty.
  • Strawberry tattoos portray absolute purity, as strawberries have been said to be pure enough to be offered to Virgin Mary.

It is remarkable how a mere tattoo can symbolize so many things at once. You can wear it and give out the vibe you seek, and the possibility of it being misunderstood is rare, because a strawberry tattoo is so versatile.

Designs

How and where you wear a strawberry tattoo is perhaps, a portrayal of the message you’re attempting to give through it.

  • Wear a lonely strawberry to project your feminism. Though single, its bright and bold color add a spark to your personality.
  • You can be

Temporary Face Tattoos

Temporary face tattoos are extremely popular among kids, youngsters, teens, twenty-somethings, and even a few grown ups. Cheerleaders, almost always, are seen sporting one (or more) of these, and that too in varieties of shapes, sizes, designs, and colors. They are also a hot favorite with loyal fans and supporters of sports teams at various sporting events. Temporary tattoos are also a big hit at kids birthday parties, slumber parties, theme parties, etc.

Halloween is another occasion when one gets to see a large number of temporary face tattoos, and that too in a plethora of scary patterns and designs. Also, with the holiday season just round the corner, you will no doubt, witness a lot of kids and young children running around with a few seasonal designs plastered over their faces (Christmas and New Year’s Eve being prime time occasions for the same). They are commonly used at fundraisers, product promotions, marketing campaigns, etc., as an innovative way of grabbing eyeballs and of spreading product awareness.

Applying Temporary Tattoos on the Face
So now that you have been introduced to the concept, how do you go about applying one of these? Well, it’s extremely simple. You may well have come across a few of those stick-on tattoos (which you get as a freebie gift with chewing gums, bubble gums, etc). Temporary face tattoos are nothing but a bigger and a better version of those primitive freebie stick-on tattoos. Here is how to apply one. First, wash your face and dry it properly. Then, wet one side of the paper (instructions for doing so are provided along with the tattoo). Peel off the protective covering and press the exposed tattoo on the desired part of your face (cheeks, cheekbones, forehead, etc.). Hold it in place for

Polynesian Tattoo Designs

Polynesia refers to a group of islands located in the Pacific Ocean where tattooing had been a traditional practice since several centuries. Though with the arrival of the English as well as the Christian missionaries it began to vanish, this traditional art of tattooing was not only revived, but even gathered immense popularity during the 20th century.

However, the purpose for which tattoos are done today is totally different from those of ancient times. While today, tattooing is seen as a symbol of style and fashion; for the Polynesian men and women it had a deep religious as well as cultural significance. They believed that the art of tattooing was handed over to their ancestors from the Gods themselves and hence it was considered to be very sacred. Although tattooing was common among all the islands, each created a style that was distinct and different from others.

Significance of Tattoo Symbols

As the Polynesian people did not have a written language, tattoo designs were used to depict various symbols pertaining to a person’s life, spirituality, family history, etc. These designs are surely different among the different islands. However, they can be classified into two basic types, ‘the Etua’ and ‘the Enata’. The Etua tattoo designs had a spiritual or religious significance and were considered to be a talisman that protected people. On the other hand, the Enata designs had a natural or social significance as it symbolized an individual’s life.

The early process of making tattoos is much different from what is seen today. With the emergence of technology, lots of tattoo piercing equipment have been introduced, and though people have to go through a painful process to get a tattoo done, it is nothing compared to what it was earlier. The traditional designs were created by making

Tips for Designing Your Own Tattoo

So, you have finally decided to get inked, but are wondering what kind of tattoo to go for? There are many designs available all around you. I will, however, suggest that you design your tattoo yourself to bring uniqueness to it.

Tips

  • It is always good to have a design which reflects your personality and who you are. Therefore, you might need some time to decide the design for your tattoo.
  • It is important that you decide what your body art should stand for. Do you want it to commemorate a particular event, some celebration, or a special person? Or are you getting inked just for the fun of it?
  • Now, sit silently and think of what images come to your mind. It may be some flower, leaves, the initials of your beloved, or maybe your own initials. If you want to commemorate the death of a person, a suggestion would be to design a tattoo with the name of the person on the petals of a flower.
  • After your design has been finalized, you can get a temporary tattoo made so that you know that your design is good enough to be made into a permanent motif on your skin.

Design Ideas

  • Feminine Designs:
    Since time immemorial, ‘delicateness’ has been associated with women. Some of the designs for girls are flowers, fairies, butterflies, dolphins, and hearts. Select a beautiful, adorable tattoo which will suit your personality well.
  • Designs For Lower Back:
    Lower back tattoos are very popular as they accentuate feminine beauty and, at the same time look sensuous. You can choose to combine a number of patterns to make a design for the lower back. You can make use of Celtic designs, flowers, Celtic butterflies, and tribal patterns. These were some of the conventional designs, but you can definitely come

White Ink Tattoo

White ink tattoo is nothing but a magic wand for those who, for some reason are prohibited from engraving a tattoo on their body. The usual tattooing process includes the first step of bordering the tattoo with a black or dark outline and then the tattoo is filled with different colors. However, this is not the case with this type of tattoo ink and the whole procedure is carried out using white ink throughout.

More About Tattoo in White Ink

When tattoo is freshly etched with white ink, then that patch of skin looks puffy and swollen since, the needle has to be inserted deep in the skin for effective tattooing. After the patch heals, the design can be seen evidently, as it looks lighter than the actual skin color. There is a prevailing debate about this tattoo suits which skin toned people the best. Some speculate that it looks best on people with pale skin while some argue that it will look vivid on dark-colored people. Sometimes, the white ink oozes out of the skin clearly indicating that the skin has rejected the ink type and it is impossible to get a tattoo at that spot ever again. White ink is thicker than the normal tattooing ink.

Another important factor is the artist who will be doing it. It is always better to check his previous records or check out with his recent clients who have got such a tatto done. You can get a chance to witness a freshly done tattoo by that artist. This will help you to realize the potential of the artist and at the same time, will give you some idea about the design you want. While the artist is drawing the tattoo, check the stencil that will be used. Sometimes,

Shooting Star Tattoo Designs

Tattoo, the body art, has been popular in all cultures since the ancient times. As a part of a tradition the Japanese Ainu, Maoris, and Indians wore tattoos for identification purposes. Tattoos were also worn to mark the social status, rites of passage, spiritual devotion, mark of outcasts, slaves, convicts, as a promise of love, for symbolic reasons, and as decoration for bravery, and valor. In the olden days, the tribal tattoos were on the face like the famous Maori Moko. The Indian culture, saw tattoos as a mark of caste, segregating them as lower or higher in the hierarchy. It was a trend among the Hindus to get young women tattooed to add to their attractiveness. Today, tattoos are etched for cosmetic reasons. Many lovers too, get tattoos done to show a mark of love and belonging. One of the famous patterns are shooting star tattoo designs. In what follows, we shall discuss this particular tattoo design in a little more detail.

Nautical Star Tattoos
Nautical star tattoos have their origins with the sailors. The sailors used to wear this design as a mark of their profession. North Star in the Northern Hemisphere is the popular nautical star. Sailors got these stars done because, stars used to guide them and take them home. It was a belief among sailors that these tattoos would take them home safely.

The Meaning of this Tattoo
Shooting star designs have always been popular amongst tattoo lover and makers. The first reason is that they are easy to draw and are the smallest designs. A star design hardly involves any intricacies and difficult graphics. Though simple, these tattoos are quite striking. A shooting star tattoo means, a moment, that has inspired you or touched you in some way passed by

Airbrush Tattoo Business Systems

Initially, tattoos were considered by those tough people who could bear the pain inflicted by its process. However, its smart and stylish look has made it popular among everyone. Many people wish to get one, but are unable to do so due to the pain involved in the process. An airbrush tattoo is the best option for such crazy fans.

These are the temporary ones that last for about a week or a fortnight. They are waterproof, but can be removed instantly with baby oil.

Contents of This Kit

  • Airbrush: It is a small spraying device that is used to apply or fill in the color in the tattoo. These devices work on either single action or double action mechanism. In single action mechanism, the air and paint flow together in the airbrush and onto the target surface. It is the simplest and the cheapest type of airbrush. In double action mechanism, the flow of paint and air are monitored separately, which offers the artist an independence of varying the paint texture, especially for more detailed and shading work. The airbrush needs an explicit source of air for its operation; this explicit source is called an air compressor. A suitable air compressor is chosen depending on the requirements of the tattooist.
  • Stencils: A stencil is the design to be tattooed. The design is cut into a piece of plastic, which is held on the skin as a sample template. A stencil is reusable and many of them can be used together to create a bigger design.
  • Artwork: These are sample designs that are not cut out like the stencils. They are hung over the wall for copying the design in the tattoo. The advantage of an artwork over a stencil is that the image in an artwork can be

What Does the Seated Scribe Symbolize? The Answer is Mystifying

Seated scribe symbolism
Mystery Unsolved!
The famous seated scribe is an unknown antiquity which belongs to Egypt, and was discovered on November 19, 1850 by Auguste Mariette, who was the founder of the Egyptian Department of Antiquities.
In ancient Egypt, it was believed that reading and writing imparted wisdom. Everything, right from a curse or a spell to the meals given, was written down as records. A very minute proportion of the population were literate. Thus, the concept of scribes came into existence. Scribe is a term used to describe a person who creates copies of manuscripts. The seated scribe, also called the squatting scribe, is one type of popular ancient Egyptian artifact.

Dating back to the 4th dynasty from the period of 2620-2500 BCE, this artifact was recovered from Saqqara in Lower Egypt. It remained intact because of the dry weather of Egypt. As the name suggests, the sculpture depicts a scribe in a seated or squatting position. He has a sturdy body with legs crossed over each other in such a way that the right leg crosses in front of the left one. This statue sits on a semicircular base which was not found.

Structure of the Seated Scribe
An Ancient Chronicler
The scribe is wearing an Egyptian hat and has his left hand holding a papyrus whorl or a scroll. While the right hand is in the writing position and seems to be holding some writing equipment which is absent in the artifact. Seated scribe statues were made out of different materials such as black granite and red granite besides commonly used limestone. Many statues of seated scribes have been recovered over the years.
One example of a seated scribe from Egypt is the statue of Amenhotep, who was

Things You Should Know about the Teardrop Memorial

Fact about Teardrop Memorial
The 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon was a traumatizing event and a major blow to humanity. It shook up the entire world and left a mark in everyone’s minds forever. About 3,000 people were killed and around 5,000 were injured in the attack. Following the attack, plenty of monetary help and donations flew in from all over the world. It inspired a few memorials to come up as well. One of them was the Teardrop Memorial. We bet you didn’t know about it too!

Millions of people travel to New York every year, and about 8.4 million live in the city itself, but nobody seems to know the Teardrop Memorial, which is unbelievable because it is huge and was constructed to honor the victims who died in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. It exists at Bayonne Harbor in New Jersey. It was gifted to the US by Russia as a gift of solidarity to convey the significance of the blackest day of the world.

Here are some facts about the Teardrop monument that you didn’t know.

Facts About the Teardrop Monument

Design and Construction

Also called the ‘Tear of Grief Memorial’, this monument is a 100-feet bronze-clad tower with a 40-feet teardrop made of steel that stands tall in the direct view of the Statue of Liberty and the site where the World Trade Center once stood. It is now officially called ‘To the Struggle Against Terrorism’.

This extraordinary piece was donated to the people of the United States of America from Russia. Its creator is the renowned sculptor, Zurab Tsereteli.

At the base of the tower are inscriptions of all those people’s names who died in the 9/11 attack as well as the World Trade Center bombings in 1993. The

Wow-worthy Sculpture Ideas to Stimulate Your Creativity

Sculpting is the art of making a three-dimensional object. It is an ancient form of art which has been in existence from the time of old world civilizations. In the ancient times, the purpose of sculpting a figure was not just artistic escapades, but also for decorations or to appease the high and mighty. If you study the ancient civilizations, you will realize that sculpting was a part of their architecture. The rich history behind their sculptures has acted as inspiration for many modern sculptors. Unlike other forms of arts like music, painting, poetry, literature etc., sculptures are made to last. In fact, some sculptures especially made from rock and stone have withstood the test of time. The oldest sculpture in the world is a female figurine which was carbon dated and found to be 35,000 years old. This sculpture was recovered along with some carving tools (made of bones, stones and ivory) from a cave in Germany. Below are some sculpture designs that you can use to make your own art piece.

Piggy Bank
I don’t think there is a child in this world who doesn’t love to build and break things. Building new things shouldn’t be just limited to making greeting cards and paper crafts. With the help of their parents, they can easily create a useful piece of art and decorate their room, or better gift it to their grandparents.

Materials Required:

  • Big balloon
  • Plastic cups
  • Water bowl
  • Cardboard scraps
  • Paint and brush
  • Black and white colored paper
  • Glue
  • Vinyl tape
  • Knife

Procedure

First, blow up the balloon and tie it with a knot. Then, take four plastic cups and tape them to the balloon such that they look like the legs of the piggy. A fifth cup should be cut into half to be used as the nose of the pig, then attach

How to Make Sand Sculptures

There are so many fun things to do on a beach, it’s one place where you’ll never get bored! Making sand castles is a favorite activity when it comes to kids. Almost anytime you visit the beach, you can see someone making things out of the sand. Be it sand castles or sand sculptures, the beauty of these things cannot be denied. Building sand castles is comparatively easier, and a bucket and a spade will suffice. But making a sand sculpture is slightly more tricky and time-consuming, requires more tools, and demands a lot of patience and perseverance. This article will give you some tips on making sand sculptures, and the tools required for making them.

Tools Required

  • Sharpers (they come in small, medium, and large sizes, and you can choose one depending on the scale of your sculpture)
  • Scrapers (they too, come in all three sizes)
  • Sand Wedge Hoe
  • A scoop
  • A straw or a soft brush

You also get ready-made kits of sand sculpting tools, complete with a manual on the use of each instrument, which saves time and gives you all the tools you will require. Buying a kit is much simpler than assembling the tools separately. You can keep adding to the kit if you find new and interesting tools.

Using the Tools

  • It is important to remember, that the skill in making sculptures lies in the lightness of your touch and the intricacy of the details, so make you sure you use the tools properly. The best thing to do is to maintain a feather light touch on your tools while using them on the heap of sand, and remember not to start carving your sculpture as if you are carving a turkey!
  • Another important point to keep in mind is that, it’s always better to use the tools

Wire Tree Sculpture

When it comes to wire sculptures, the name of Alexander Calder (1898-1976) often comes up. He is well-known for incorporating his engineering skills for the creation of figurative art and abstract sculptures. Sculptures that are made using wires are easy to craft. These can be made without incurring any heavy expense. The gear needed includes pliers, wire cutters, mandrels, and a long set of insulation peeled wires.

If you are planning to make a wire sculpture, you first need to decide on which type of wire to use. The wires to be used for sculpting could differ in their characteristics. The ones that have pliability between 20-24 gauge are considered to be the best for sculpting. Wires made from copper or steel are generally used for this purpose. These are available in large spools in departmental stores. Coat hangers can also be used. However, these hangers are difficult to bend and would require tools such as pliers and wire cutters. One can use needle nose pliers to cut coat hangers.

Instructions

Beginning with the roots and the stem would be a more appropriate start. The initial structure is started by shaping root and the trunk. The trunk is shaped in a spiral wrap or a zigzag manner. To make the bottom of the trunk broader than the upper portion nearing the branch, the wires in that area should be loosely spaced. The spiral binding on the mid portion of the trunk gives it an artistic look.

Trunk and Branches
The wires extending outwards can form the branches and the leaves. New pieces like beads and decorative gems or stones can be used as a substitute for the leaves to give it a more stunning look. The portion used for leaves and branches should be wrapped tightly so that

Sand Sculpting and Sand Art

Sand art and sculpting have become very popular in recent times. It remains to be an activity that has caught the fancy of children and adults alike. Take a stroll down any sandy shore, and you can see people reveling in festivities and celebrating sand sculpture and art festivals. This is where we can see budding talent all geared up to go beyond the ordinary in crafting their creations. This art has gone beyond magnificent castles with soaring towers. Today, the mere combinations of sand and water have gone complex with the various creative forms of sand sculptures being constructed by people for their sheer love of this art form. Myrtle Beach proudly showcases the world’s tallest and longest sand castle ever constructed. People have created masterpieces through sand sculpting. From prominent figures to cars, castles with moats, and fantasy lands, the themes are endless.

Tips to Build the Perfect Sand Sculpture/Castle

Before you begin the sculpture, you must first ensure you have the right tools. Ensure you have packed a long-handled shovel and a bucket. Try to include chisels, spatulas, apple corers, spoons, ice cream sticks, knives, and pastry brushes. The main idea is to improvise on the items used for sculpting. (Use a fork with the prongs broken off in the middle. This will make it easier to form columns in the sand castle). Next, you will need to include a spray bottle, as the sculpture needs to be kept moist to keep the surface firm whilst you construct the castle.

Once you have gathered all the tools, it’s time you hunt for the right location on the beach. First, keep a look out for the high tide line. You can test the formation of the sand before you begin. Pick up some sand and

How to Make a Cool Paper Airplane

In Japanese language, the art of making paper planes is known as kami hikouki. It is one of the paper crafts which is easy for kids to learn. The designs of paper planes could range from simple ones that are completed in 5 steps to advanced paper gliders.

Instructions
The steps that need to follow for making a paper airplane are explained below.

  • To make the plane, one will require a sheet of paper that measures 8.5″x11″.
  • The paper should be folded in such a manner that the top edge of paper is aligned with the left side. The paper should be creased and then unfolded back to the original shape. The same process should be followed on the right side.
  • The top corners should again be folded, so that they meet the bottom of the folds made earlier.
  • One will see that an X-shape is formed by the creasing caused by earlier folds. The top portion of this ‘X’ should be made to touch the bottom.
  • After creasing, the paper should be unfolded. With the help of the previous fold, the sides of the paper need to be brought to the center, while the top portion to the bottom. These folds need not be unfolded.
  • A triangle-shaped fold formed by the paper can be seen with 2 sides, i.e., the right and left. Both the sides should be folded one after the other in such a manner that they touch the top.
  • The bottom edge of the right triangle should be brought parallel to the central line.
  • The top portion of the paper plane should be pushed below the previous/earlier fold.
  • After all these steps, the top portion should again be folded backwards.
  • The last step is to fold the bottom edge in such a manner that it is aligned with the upper paper

How to Make Paper Hats

Making paper hats is one of the easiest and quickest arts and crafts projects. These hats are worn for many parties, but to give yours a unique look, you can try out different decorating ideas. But first of all, one needs to learn the base of creating paper hats.

The things you need to make paper hats are just old newspaper sheets, sticky tape, a pair of scissors, and stuff to decorate which we will discuss in the later part of the article. Here are the basic steps to make a party hat out of paper.

  1. Depending upon how many hats you are interested in making, grab the sheets of newspaper. If you wish to make a big hat, then take a long joined sheet of newspaper which has a fold in the middle. If you wish to make a smaller hat, then tear the two joined sheets with a scissors. Hold one page of the paper vertically, and fold it in the middle as shown in the picture below.
    Paper Hats- Step 1
  2. Smooth out the newspaper fold with your hands. In this step, you need to make two equal folds on the sheet of newspaper. Like shown in the picture below, fold the two edges of the newspaper in the middle equally. Make sure that there is enough leftover bands at the bottom of these folds.
    Paper Hats- Step 2
  3. Now, like shown in the picture below, fold the bottom bands of the newspaper hat upwards. Repeat the folding of the band on the backside too. Your paper hat is almost ready, but follow the last step to secure it properly.
    Paper Hats- Step 3
  4. Unroll the sticky tape, and cut out two small pieces of it with