Amazing Facts about History of Body Art

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Amazing Facts about History of Body Art

Body Art has very ancient and deep history with human being. Archaeologists and Anthropologists both are constantly discovering the evidence of body art where the dates are  back to Stone Age in 10,000 B.C. Tools for ancient tattoos were discovered by archaeologists in Scandinavia, France and Portugal are 12,000 years old.


Human who always use art to convey deeper and messages meanings. Body art is the best way for an individual to communicate their own feelings, ideas and experiences through use of their body. Type of body art includes body paint, branding, scalpelling, piercings and tattoos. Here are some amazing facts about history of the body art.


The Very Oldest Body Tattoos are 5,000 Years Old


Otzi the Iceman is the very oldest preserved body which scientists recovered. They believe that Otzi lived over 5,000 years ago, between 3,330 to 3,200 B.C..  He was found between Austria and Italy and this one is the oldest mummy found which is natural in Europe to date. His wrist were having tattoos. Tattoos were also on his ankles, legs and knees and lower back.


Over 9,000 Years Dates Back for Body Shaping


Body Shaping in our history dates are back for at least 9,000 years. Different type of body shaping are seen like barbaric practices where it was seen as a way to get beauty ideals to set up within specific cultures. Head Shaping was most common type in shaping the ancient civilization. This is known as International Human Deformation, this is the earliest example found in Shanidar Cave, Iraq, 9th Millennium B.C.. Head binding will deform and disrupt normal development of child’s skull . This will begin after birth of around a month and will well continue un 6 months.


All Egyptian Tattooed Mummies are Female


All discovered tattooed mummies were female and all were Egyptians. As though many pieces of sculpture and art were from ancient Egypt and depicted from females and males those having tattoos. The only one evidence of Egyptian tattoos were female. Egyptologists came to a conclusion that females with tattoos were to signify rejuvination and fertility. This evidence also found that some females were tattooed in era of dancers. Many tattooes on Egyptian female mummies were found on their thighs as well as in the other areas also. A small bronze tattoo making tool was found in 1450 B.C in back date at Gurob, Northern Egypt.  Tattoos were usually found placed on arms, abdomen, chest and legs.


To Alter Waists Permanently Corsets were Being Used


Corsets were used to alter permanently a female’s body shape and waist as back to use by Minoians, Crete. Corset was a solution to create a smaller temporary waist to mark a fashion statement which reappeared in 16th Century. Corset created a hourglass shape when it come out and go in the fashion over the couple of the centuries, by adjusting different ideals of the beauty. By 1850, corset came back with force in Victorian era, waist training and tight lacing corsets were born at that time. Tight lacing corsets served a way of shrinking a waist of female to as much as 16 inches. Now this caused the many health problems for a women who have tightened lace, like fainting the spells from breathing reduction, squeezing of the organs, deformation of shape. Over time, tight lacing got faded while the corsets help to accentuate the curves and improved the posture without getting ill.


David Miller - About the Author:

David is having great knowledge about body art  and is practicing on this for last 8 years.