India is a country with a long history and a peculiar culture, which has a completely unique attitude to many things, in particular, to the art of tattoos. Indian tattoos still attract the attention of millions of people, and have many fans.
India is the only country where a tattoo was regarded as a sign of beauty and therefore was initially considered an exclusively female prerogative. The first body paintings were found on the skin of Indian beauties who lived several thousand years ago. The fashion of that time provided for the decoration of the body, hands and even the face.
Only noble ladies could afford to decorate the body with patterns. This is explained by the fact that Indian women sought to identify themselves with the wife of the god Krishna, who is considered the ancestor of tattoos. The tattoo, in a sense, was supposed to emphasize the extraterrestrial purpose of the beauty.
Male tattoos also took place. They were applied mainly on the back and served to determine the class affiliation.
Since the most ancient times, Indian tattoos have had a hidden meaning. They protected their carriers, attracted good luck and helped in finding spiritual balance. Secrets of tattooing were available in every family. They were improved and passed down from generation to generation, turning into a recognizable clan painting.
The most popular and widespread techniques of drawing patterns in India are considered to be mehndi (mehendi) and tilaka. Mehendi tattoo is a virtuoso painting of the body with liquid Lotus. In a solo performance or paired with a deity. This is one of the most positive symbols that give peace and prosperity;