We all know that different cultures have different meaning for turtles. As an animal, turtle is a very interesting one, especially with its shell as their way of protecting themselves from any danger and their lifespan of up to century old. This could be the reason why people consider turtles as significant and meaningful animals.
To sight as an example, the Native Americans consider the turtle as sacred animal. The beginning of the world was also attached to the turtle as believed by some of the tribes, like the belief of the Huron, according to them a girl fell on the water and some water animals saw her and brought her to a wise turtle. The turtle instructed the animals to deposit some soil grains from the bottom of the ocean until the land grew and the girl and the land was formed into a world where the girl lived at ease.
This belief about the world is one of the many examples. More cultures accredited the turtle to the myth about creation or about the world. Just like the belief that the turtle is the one that directly or indirectly carries or support the world on his shell.
Some cultures admire the turtle's characteristics of being steadfast and at peace. Some people prefer the turtle tattoos because it correlates as the symbol for strength, long life, courage, bravery, power, knowledge, safety, and perseverance.
While some individuals prefer this design, some tattoo artist would even enjoy making this art because they can add another design on the shell as they do the markings. Some artists would create extra design of Japanese characters or other symbols on the turtle shell to represent something. This is a great opportunity for the artist to put a tattoo within a tattoo.
This art does not mean you can only put Japanese characters on the shell. You can choose your own personal symbol if you want to add extra design on you turtle tattoos to make the design special and sacred.
Choosing turtle tattoos is a great choice since you can have other designs on it. The design is adaptable to other possible designs and you can have it as small and simple one or you can have it as large turtle tattoo with addition of extra designs on it.
These are the reason why turtle tattoos are considered multipurpose and to some, sacred. If you are interested in getting one for yourself, choose the right turtle tattoo design that fits your personal meaning. You can even make it more personalized by adding extra designs on the turtle shell.
Many cultures and tribes have been used, and is still used, in a ritual body painting and special events. Native of Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and some parts of Africa are still using the painting as their ancestors thousands of years ago. A henna tattoo is still a popular practice in the Middle East and India. Some of the natives of South America still use huito, annatoo, or wet charcoal as a body and face decoration.
In the modern day body art there is some debate as to whether is should be considered art or not. There is the form where the painting covers a nude body. Then the other style is to paint on a part of the body while the rest of the body is clothed. Many use body painting to make a statement, for political or activists’ rights.
There are body painting events that are held worldwide for all artists both amateur and professional. The largest event held for body painting artists is the World Bodypainting Festival held in both Seeboden and Austria. Artists come from world wide to showcase their talent, armatures also come to see what others bring to the table and learn. There is also a lot of visitors who come to see the art and possible get some art done to their bodies. In the United States there are shows held in upstate New York, American Body Arts Festival, and then the US Bodypainting Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Body painting has become more popular since the early 1990’s and is slowly becoming more accepted. There have been layouts and articles in many magazines that feature body painting. Some of these magazines are Playboy and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Addition. Another place that these paints are used in military groups worldwide.
There are many ways that these body paints are used around the world. Some are for art and fashion while others are used for job security purposes. The functions and uses for all these areas vary.
I like body painting very much, as for me it the only one way, to paint something on your body and to wash it with a help of water and soap in a week or in a day. Very often body painting implies usage of the additional materials, such as clay, flowers etc. Body painting is made not on the entirely nude body, a model can have a bra or pants, because body painting deals with a small part of the body. I adore their technique in creating situation and pictures in the medium- so-called thematic pictures. When a model is only a continuation of the reality.
FIRST STEPS: Take things easy at first with simple to do designs. Cheek art is a perfect starting point with basic little patterns featuring holly, berries, snowflakes, stars, Christmas crackers, Christmas trees with a little bauble at the end of the branches, and even little faces. Remember that the theme is Christmas so red, white, green, silver and gold are essential colours. Painting animal markings on the cheeks, eyes and forehead can also look very effective, and because animal markings like tigers aren't straight you will get away with so much whilst perfecting your creation.
TIGER MARKINGS: Use a round brush with a pointed end and black paint. Tiger stripes are best done in groups of three. Always think big to small. Lay your brush down flat (for a thicker start) and while doing your stroke give it a very light wiggle and taper it off at the end. Each stroke is going to have a curved effect to it. Do a group of three one under the other. This effect would be ideal for cheeks with the markings starting on the outside working in towards the eyes. Doing a similar stroke on the forehead, a group of three on either side and tapering downwards towards the eyes would give a great look for an animal face painting.
PAINTING WHISKERS: If you're face painting any animal fancy dress enthusiasts this Christmas try using a small fine pointed brush, working outwards across the cheeks for a whisker effect. For any fine lines you may be painting, you will find that liquid paints will work the best.
FUR EFFECT: When trying to create a fur effect, use a medium-sized brush, working from the centre outwards. That way the edges taper off. Have a go on paper or a face painting practice pad first until you get to grips with the motion needed for your required effect.
ADVANTAGE OF SPONGES: These will play an important part in your face painting kit, being perfect for applying base coats, large areas of paint on the face and body, and great for blending colours. TIP make them go further by cutting them in half
COLOURS: Don't make the mistake that many learners make and rush out to buy every colour under the rainbow. All you need are your primary colours which are blue, yellow, red and black and white. From these you can mix any colour and shade you want, and it will keep costs down.
GLITTER AND STICK-ON JEWELS: Depending what design you are doing, stick-on jewels, diamante and glitter can be used to stunning effect. However, as with face paint, you need to remember to use only glitter and stick-on jewels that are safe to put on a person's skin (eg body glitter). NEVER use aluminum glitter - polyester only. Aluminum glitter can really hurt the eyes and skin.
FAMILY AFFAIR: Use your family and friends to practise on, trying out different ideas. If you begin practising now, you'll be confident enough by Christmas to paint a whole face and there are some quite spectacular and highly popular choices to have a go at. The Ice Queen and animals will always be favourites along with the traditional Santa and Rudolph.
Is it me or has body painting become the latest haute couture? Over the past several months it seems the topic has appeared on our radar screens a multitude of times. Friends have brought it up in conversations, we're even getting press releases announcing exhibitions. I’ve also witnessed local clubs bringing in artists as part of the evening’s entertainment and very noticeably art galleries are hosting exotic art exhibitions and involving the public by bringing in body paint artists to demonstrate their work.
Venezuela recently hosted the 4th annual World Body Art Encounter (Encuentro mundial de arte corporal). Participating in the event were 32 artists from 16 different countries. After a kickoff in Caracas last Friday, the event will tour different parts of the country.
By some accounts, body painting is a practice that dates back hundreds of years in Venezuela. The artist Penelope Rivera from Mexico said, “Venezuela is a country which has a lot of body art with ethnic characteristics, and I think we have to rescue them and integrate them into modern life.”
Fantasy Fest 2007 is well under way and Key West is hopping with partiers, body paint, and sexy costumes. This year's Alice in Wonderland theme is revealing itself (pun intented) with fun body art and creative costumes.