Picture of Cat Tattoo

Something completely different for me - picture of a cat tattoo. Cat tattoos are popular it seems. As my site is called "Pictures of Cats" it means any pictures of cats and not just photographs of cats. There is the interesting dimension of why people tattoo at all and why cats?

A study of human nature is important in the study of domestic cats as the latter is dependent on the former. Here's a picture of a cat tattoo or three :) with the stories that go with them.

cat tattoo1. This is a picture of a cat tattoo on a women's arm photographed by Tzatziki and her copyright (she is female I think). The woman who has the tattoo is a graphic designer apparently. It is part of a bigger tattoo which the owner called The Debutante.

The photograph was taken in the queue to the toilet (bathroom in the USA). It is very simple and elegant the photographer says. I agree.

The photographer didn't know the person with the tattoo, but you can get to meet people in queues quite easily as it passes the time nicely.

Maybe it was a party? What makes people have tattoos. There is probably a lot going on in the head that is unseen and which we can glimpse at if that person has a tattoo. I think it originates in the desire to decorate ourselves that goes back probably millions of years. Many animals are "decorated" to be more noticeable, to stand out. It is a form of exhibitionism.

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cat tattoo2. This is a Cheshire cat on a man's leg. You've got to look closely to see that it is a Cheshire Cat. The photograph is by nats .

This was taken at Disneyland. The photographer didn't know the subject and while the photograph was being taken Tinkerbell was lighting up the night sky.

Tattooing may be a remnant (or a continuing need) to mark events in ones life. Two of the women's tattoos are big cats. This is a marker that they have grown from a girl to womanhood and to beware, perhaps :)

Perhaps she is saying she is an individual to be taken notice of. A marker of a rite of passage from one part of her life to another.

A Cheshire cat, the subject matter of the tattoo on this person, was created by Lewis Caroll. The cat smiled and asked Alice in Wonderland difficult and philosophical questions. The tattoo may be a statement about this person's character.
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cat tattoo3. This is a photograph of a "bondage kitten", believe it or not. It was taken by the friend of the person with the tattoo, who said he was going to have it done and when the two bumped into each other he showed it off.

This photograph was taken by gillicious

My guess is that the title "bondage kitten" is just making a picture of a cat playing with string a lot more sexy for the client.

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cat tattoo4. This is a tattoo of a big cat on the left arm of a female pop band member. Yes sir it is that....It looks like a leopard. Big cats are popular for obvious reasons.

People like cats; big cats are very impressive and beautiful creatures so are good subjects for body decoration.

There may also be an element of female power, women's liberation stuff here. Beauty and strength combined being the message.

The photograph was taken by acb and is copyright acb.
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cat tatoo5. This is another picture of a cat tattoo. This time a big cat, a panther, on the arm of a woman. It's more woman power stuff I think.

Picture is copyright and by mhaithaca

Update: Picture of cat tattoo -- Here are some more added later (19th January 2009):

cat tattoo
Photo by graphic.ward - very delicate and tasteful. What do you think?

cat tattoo in memory of a cat companion
Picture of Cat Tattoo -- Photo by chaserpaul. This tattoo is in memory of a beloved cat that has gone over the rainbow bridge. His name was E.D. The cat tattoo was done in 3 2-hour-sittings by Dirk of East Atlanta Tattoo.

Picture of Cat Tattoo -- Risks involved in tattooing

I think a bit of information on the risks is useful to people considering a cat tattoo. As we know, a tattoo is made by piercing the skin and injecting colored ink into the skin. It can be quite painful understandably. The skin is the body's main protection against infection. Once damaged by the tattoo machine, at least potentially, there is a risk of infection. Also the long term effects of the dyes placed in the skin are unknown as they are unregulated. Some possible illnesses that can occur on being tattooed (these it would seem are relatively rare considering the number of tattoos carried out) are:
  • if the machinery making the tattoo is contaminated by hepatitis C, hepatitis B, tetanus, tuberculosis and HIV (AIDS), then these diseases could infect the person being tattooed.
  • either bumps (granulomas) or scarring (keloids) can occur around the area of the tattoo.
  • bacterial infections that can lead to blood infections, pneumonia and/or painful, flesh-destroying condition that is called necrotizing fasciitis.
  • the dyes can cause an allergic reaction, which may happen years later.
  • if you have to go to hospital for an MRI scan, sometimes (rarely) the tattooed area may burn or swell.
As I said these are relatively rare but precautions including choosing a top notch tattoo artist I would have thought were essential as one's health is involved for the sake of decoration.



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Comments

  1. Hello, just thought you might be interested to know: the cat tattoo in picture #1 is the brand logo for Baby Phat, designed by Kimora Lee Simmons. Check this out: http://www.babyphat.com/nshop/product.php?view=detail&productid=BP-R2A00487_002&startColor=002&dept=juniors&category=juniorsTops&groupName=sstops

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  2. Hi, I just checked it out and your right. Thanks for this.

    Michael

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  3. I have a cat tattoo and intend to get a full back tattoo of a children's literature/ fairytale theme which will no doubt include the Cheshire cat.

    I have to say that I am bothered by your picture comments and your analysis of people's tattoos. Tattoos are a very personal thing and people have real reasons for them. Until you have done actual research on the history of tattooing or can quote the people pictured, do not analyze them or make assumptions about their tattoos/personalities.

    "It's more woman power stuff I think." ugh

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  4. Hi Laura, thanks for your comment. I am sorry if what I said upset you. I am just chatting and commenting. I think what I say is pretty harmless but that said I appreciated what you say too.

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  5. Cat Tattoo
    The symbolic meaning of the cat varies wildly across the globe and through time. It has been an ill omen in Japan, a stoic that is unmoved by the death of the BUDDHA in Buddhism, the form of a beneficent goddess in Egypt (BASTET), a creature distrusted by the Celts, given seven lives by Muslims, a symbol of cunning for the Pawnee of North America, and attributed with clairvoyant behavior in central Africa. Today, cat imagery in tattoo is dominated by depictions of household pets. As pets, we associate them with playfulness, some aloofness, and a great deal of affection. As seen in the animals themselves, their images span the great variety of the species, in both form and color.

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  6. Cat Tattoo
    The symbolic meaning of the cat varies wildly across the globe and through time. It has been an ill omen in Japan, a stoic that is unmoved by the death of the BUDDHA in Buddhism, the form of a beneficent goddess in Egypt (BASTET), a creature distrusted by the Celts, given seven lives by Muslims, a symbol of cunning for the Pawnee of North America, and attributed with clairvoyant behavior in central Africa. Today, cat imagery in tattoo is dominated by depictions of household pets. As pets, we associate them with playfulness, some aloofness, and a great deal of affection. As seen in the animals themselves, their images span the great variety of the species, in both form and color.

    Dragon tattoo
    tattoo design
    tattoo ideas
    tattoo arts
    tattoo flash

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  7. i seem to be an interesting one, this cute cat design will impress more men.

    http://www.mystic-tattoo-art.com/

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