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Expressing ourselves through writing is a fairly recent development in the history of humanity. For millennia mankind passed down information orally, through songs, stories, dances and, of course, tattoo writing designs.
Once writing was introduced it was still looked on by many with suspicion as were tattoos.. Those who didn’t trust it were primarily those who didn’t know how. They saw writing as having almost magical properties or, at the very least, as giving those who had mastered it a form of power over those who didn’t possess the skill.
In a way they were correct. Writing does give an individual power; the power to take an idea that was previously theirs alone and put it into a form that can be viewed and shared by others for the rest of their lives a word tattoo.
An idea or thought that has been written down can be used as a reference, proof that something happened; it can give ideas substance and help them to make the transition from idea to reality. What better way is there to express your beliefs than a nice piece of body art writing.
But the real magic of writing isn’t in the sharing of ideas or its use as proof, or even in the way that words are used to represent things.
The real magic of writing is how it can be used as a symbol of something beyond the original meaning of the words themselves; a meaning deeper than the original idea they were chosen to represent and, of course, in the beauty of the writing itself.
During the middle ages monks isolated in monasteries spent lifetimes copying texts and inscribing each letter, each word, each sentence with intention and purpose. By adding pictures and colors and embellishments they showed that they understood how their writing had meanings deeper than the words conveyed. Writing tattoos also can look great when combined with other body art designs.
While we have long ago gotten out of the habit of hand writing anything that doesn’t mean that writing is no longer symbolic. We still choose words to represent us. We still choose writing styles to reflect our own personalities, our own interests.
We choose words for our facebook status, for our blogs, for our papers, for our bodies. Even in this age of digitization we can still use writing to be representative of our lives.
In deciding which feeling you want to convey and the meaning behind your particular choice of design, take time to pick wisely. The step you are taking is not only a bold one but it can define in an instant who you are!