A tattoo (Exercise)

For this exercise, I am going to pretend  a friend has asked me to design a tattoo for them based on the word Mum. He would also like me to make it into a greeting card that he can send his mother. (What a good idea for Mother’s Day).

Researching the history and conventions of tattoos and body art.

British Tattoo History Museum

The British Tattoo History Museum moved to its present location in August 1983. The collection began in 1975 when museum founder Lionel Titchener opened his first professional tattoo studio. Items bought from an old curiosity shop in Oxford were displayed in a small display case in his new studio.

Two important purchases in the late 70’s formed the basis of the museum today. The first purchase was a small box of brass tattoo machines that were acquired from tattoo artist Vic Shipton of Romford when he decided to retire from tattooing. This also included a large colour design sheet signed and dated C.B. Davis, Grays Inn Road, London,1904.

This was an important addition to the collection as Charles Burchett Davis was the brother of famous tattoo artist George Burchett. Soon after another important addition was the purchase of a whole collection of Burchett-Davis designs and photographs from the family of C.B. Davis of Southend on Sea.

Friends of Lionel Titchener started to send in items for the museum collection, one of the first items were small Japanese bone hand tools donated by Jim Silles of London. They also have a Roman tattooing tool dating from the 4th century. The collection is situated in a small room behind the tattoo studio – and again due to lack of space, an extension is planned for 2000 to extend the museum to allow more items to be displayed.

The most recent addition to the collection is a set of Samoan, bone hand tools, kindly donated by the late Su’a Paulo Sulu ap’e. And a further set of Japanese hand tools donated by Hori Yoshi III.

Early in 2002 part of the British Tattoo History Museum will be on loan to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.http://www.nmm.ac.uk Skin Deep Opens 22 March 2002 Beginning with Cook’s first encounter with the tattooed people of Tahiti, the exhibition follows the spread of tattooing through Europe and looks at its role in contemporary fashion.

The History Of The Mom Tattoo

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Tattoos have been around for ages. It has been proven that the pharaohs in Egypt and their queens even had tattoos. Throughout the years of tattoos there have been several trends starting the stopping and starting up again. However, there seems to be a bit of a mystery to when and why the good old “Mom” tattoo began. One tattoo artist said that he wasn’t quite sure how the popular trend really got started but was told a story by his mentor and how the “Mom” tattoo came to be.

The story that he was told goes something like this, an Irish sailor had gotten a tattoo after being exposed to the natives of New Zealand in or about the 19th century. The tattoo he got was a heart with a saber in it with a banner that said “Mother”. The idea was from an Irish drinking song in which the singer says that he “saluted father dear and kissed me darling mother” before he left home for the first time to earn a living.

Whether or not this tale is true remains to be seen. However, it is probably safe to say that some sailor or servicemen was the one to start this traditional type of tattoo as tattoo artists refer to them today. You can see the traditional “Mom” tattoo on all sorts of people, but they are most popular with servicemen, bikers and men in general. But some woman have even been know to have a “Mom” tattoo of their own, but woman tend to go towards a less traditional way and come up with some sort of cute design with the word “Mom” or “Mommy” in it.

Are “I love Mom ” Tattoos Still Popular?

The time-honored “I Love Mom” tattoo is deeply ingrained in our culture celebrities such as Sean Connery, Kelly Osborne and even Bart Simpson have one. It seems the iconic bright red heart, encircled in a banner ribbon emblazed with “Mom,” has been around forever, and according to tattoo artists, it isn’t going anywhere.

“Of course people still get them done,” said Bryan Randolph, an artist at New York Adorned Tattoo Parlor in New York City. “It’s a classic.”

WWII history

The “I Love Mom” tattoo first became popular during World War II. As they traveled around the world, U.S. Navy sailors got tattoos to document their achievements and memories. Tattoo parlors began to pop up near military bases and patriotic tattoos came into vogue, according to John Gray’s book “I Love Mom: An Irreverent History of the Tattoo.”

Aside from wanting to express their patriotism, the homesick sailors started to request “mom” or “mother” tattoos as a sentimental reminder of home.

Norman Keith Collins, who earned the nickname Sailor Jerry while in the Navy, designed the “I Love Mom” tattoo, according to a book of letters between fashion designer Donald Edward Hardy and Collins titled, “Sailor Jerry Collins: American Tattoo Master.”

After his discharge from the Navy, Collins made a name for himself as a prominent tattoo artist in Hawaii, and he created many recognizable “Sailor Jerry” tattoos that are still used today, such as hula girls and blue sparrows. Collins died in 1973, but his unique artistic style can still be spotted on today’s popular fashion items, including Converse sneakers and Ed Hardy clothing.

“The tattoo is definitely more popular this time of year,” said David Beadle, a tattoo artist at Mom’s Tattoos in Austin, Texas, who himself is planning on getting an updated version of the traditional “mom” tattoo this Mother’s Day. “Anytime mom is remembered, the tattoo’s popularity picks up.”

Still popular

“I Love Mom” tattoos are timeless because they make such a sweet, universal statement. Men and women of all ages get them, tattoo artists say.

“We get at least one person every month coming in to get that tattoo,” Beadle said. “Everyone gets them, from ages eighteen to eighty.”

“‘Mom’ will never go out of style,” Aviva Yael, co-author of “No Regrets: The Best, Worst, & Most #$%*ing Ridiculous Tattoos Ever,” said in an interview with the The A.V. Club, an entertainment publication. “Everybody loves their mom.”

I have done my search and find some useful samples from websites:

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Then I am going to do my spider diagram and some sketches.


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I was thinking about 3 roses with the words “I love You” one word on each rose. Then wrapped up with a ribbon which has the word “Mum” on it. I haven’t got any of tattoo on my body because it is very painful when the processing is ongoing. So I decide only to design a sample of my design. Using my last doodle on the right hand side of paper.

I used a couple of heart shapes doodled on the sketching paper. I am going to improved my design. The first one on the top heart I just draw around with a  fine line before I crossed over to join the bottom two “M.”  Then I draw some flowers to fill up the middle area of the design.

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This doodle is a bit rough that I should improve it digitally  to make its lines and shape more tidy.

For the Mother’s Day card I probably to use the 3 roses with 3 words “I love you” on each rose then the word “Mum” on the ribbon which to wrap up the 3 rose  branch.

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