Top 5 SA Musicians Who Have Cool Tattoos 2020 – Body art in Africa can be traced back to ancient tattoo, piercing, neck elongation and tissue stretching rituals usually performed as spiritual rites of passage.
Tattooed remains from Ancient Egypt and Nubia dating as far back as 2500 BC display various picturesque and geometric projections of identity published onto flesh. These were marks made on the skin to act as armour against evil spirits and incantations.
This tells us that even in its pre-colonial context, beauty was widely deemed by Africans as a bi-product of suffering; as an attribute amplified yet not quite defined by the orchestrated traumas endured in order for it to be fully revealed to the world.
A new wave of tattoo artists of colour in South Africa has emerged to reclaim the practice of tattooing as an aboriginal art form. For their black and brown clientele, the reclamation is twofold. They get to choose their wounds instead of having them imposed upon them by whiteness. These are the five black and brown tattoo artists winning in a white-dominated subculture.