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All About Hebrew Tattoo Symbols

All About Hebrew Tattoo Symbols

Hebrew Tattoo SymbolsDo you have a tattoo? Do you want one? If you do, then you are like millions all across the world who love body art. I personally do not have a tattoo, but I have considered getting one. And one of the ones I have considered getting is a tattoo of Hebrew symbols.

Why? Well, like many people, I think Hebrew tattoo symbols are pretty intriguing. Tons of celebrities, from Angelina Jolie to Britney Spears to Victoria Beckham, sport Hebrew tattoo symbols on their bodies because they represent mysticism and an interest in religion and spirituality. Formerly, Hebrew tattoos were for people who were intrigued by Judaism and its branches; now, they have become very popular for all walks of life. This article will talk about a few specific Hebrew tattoo symbols and what they mean.

One of the most common uses of Hebrew symbols in tattoos and body art today involves the Torah, or, the Jewish scriptures. Some people have verses from the Torah from books such as Genesis, Deuteronomy, Exodus, Numbers, etc. that represent part of their spirit or personality. One popular example is from the Song of Solomon, chapter 6 verse 3: “I am my beloved, and my beloved is mine.” Another popular verse is from Exodus 3:14: “I am what I am.” Such verses are powerful and poetic, and speak to those who choose to tattoo them on their bodies in Hebrew.

Hebrew Tattoo Symbols: The Hamsa Design

In Hebrew lore, the hamsa is a symbol frequently used to ward off the effects of the evil eye, or a “spell” of sorts used by evil against innocent people to harm them. The symbol, also known as the “Hand of Miriam”, resembles a hand, with a verse, flower, or eye in the center. Some also have verses or phrases inscribed in the middle, such as “behatzlacha”, which means “Good luck” in Hebrew. In Jewish tradition, the five fingers can stand for the first five books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy), as well as using the body’s five senses to worship God.

Hebrew Tattoo Symbols: Things to Consider

When thinking about getting a Hebrew tattoo symbol on your body, there are a few things you should know about the Hebrew language. First, the Hebrew language can be quite complex compared to English. It is quite elegant, though, which is why it is worth learning the nuances of the language. Another thing to consider is that the language does not have written vowels like in English and other languages. Instead, it has ‘niqqud’, which are markings on the words to represent vowels. That is why having your phrase correctly written is important. If you do not, then your tattoo can easily wind up saying something completely different than what you originally intended. Finally, Hebrew is written and read right to left, instead of left to right. These are all things your tattoo artist should know before you decide what verse or phrase to use.

Hebrew tattoo symbols are pretty popular, and for good reason. They are beautiful, poetic, and meaningful, and make a great addition to anyone’s collection of body art.

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About Hebrew Tattoos When people think of tattoos, most probably dont usually think of Hebrew ones. The popular perception is that tattoos are for bikers, heavy metal.

Some Tattoos and Piercings Continue to Be Taboo

Some Tattoos and Piercings Continue to Be Taboo

Though having tattoos and piercings in general has become more accepted there are still practices that remain taboo even among tattoo professionals and body art enthusiasts alike. Once the sole domain of sailors, criminals and outcasts of society tattoos have now gone mainstream. They are displayed by actors, sports stars, and public figures. They are used in advertising to sell products, and are even the basis of reality shows.

But even the staunchest tattoo supporters consider certain tattooing practices and subject matter to be taboo even in these progressive times.

Hand and face tattoos, above the collar and below the cuff, are considered to be only for the most dedicated and hardcore. You may not even be able to find a reputable tattoo artist to do these. All the shops I have had work done at refuse to do face and hand tattoos. Perhaps there is too much buyers remorse associated with them. They are certainly more difficult areas to work on and for tattooist, their tattoos are living billboards attesting to their skill. Why risk putting out substandard work or having your client regret the decision to tattoo such a visible area?

While you can most certainly find someone who is willing to take your money and do these types of tattoos, you may be trading skill for willingness to do what most won’t.

The first thought on most poeple’s minds when confronted with a facial or hand tattoo will be that you are a gang member. Certain tattoos in the webbing of the hand and teardrops on the face are those most associated with gangs. While not all such tattoos are gang related, your average citizen has no idea as to which are which, causing confusion and possibly discrimination based on ignorance.

While not completely taboo, we still consider having the name of your significant other tattooed on your person a bad decision. Perhaps you’ve heard the jokes that as soon as you have someone’s name tattooed on you, you will break up soon after? A famous example of this is the “Billy Bob” tattoo that Angelina Jolie had while married to actor Billy Bob Thornton. The two divorced and she had the name lasered off. While laser tattoo removal is a viable option, most of us can’t afford it or don’t want to go through it.

Piercings are also becoming more accepted. You can’t turn on the television most nights without seeing at least one pierced navel, nose or eyebrow.

Depending on the location of your piercing, you will find it to be less or more acceptable to certain people. Pierced navels are the hot thing right now. Pierced noses aren’t so much out of the ordinary anymore either and are also a cultural modification. Pierce your eyebrow though and you are flirting with the edge of acceptable.

I kept the piercing long after the job ended, but I did finally compromise my personal love of piercings to appease the Gods of Public Acceptability. In fact, though I have multiple tattoos, you don’t usually see them in my street clothes.

In the future, piercings and tattoos should continue to become more acceptable in polite society, but be warned that some practices could cause you problems in the here and now.