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How about making a Tattoo?

Friday, February 21st, 2014

How about making a Tattoo?Tattooing is a very old form of entertainment; however off late it has become one of the trendiest fashion statements. People from different regions do it for different reasons.

The current trend these days is to exhibit ones emotions. People sport different kinds of tattoos starting from zodiac signs, celestial symbols and their beloved’s name. Some people even got religious hymns engraved on their body. The places where people generally prefer to get a tattoo done is arms, lower neck and ankles. People even get it done on their shoulders, hip bone and back.

Initially tattoos were considered less conventional in nature. People preferred to ink their beloved’s name. Gradually, new ideas have sprung up for tattoo lovers to implement.

These days, people even explore tattoo galleries to implement fresh and innovative ideas for this form of body art. There are numerous unconventional tattoo drawings that you will come across. Before, looking out for a tattoo design, you must come up with something meaningful. Ideally a tattoo made should suit your personality and character. Like, you will not be interested to ink something on your body that does not suit you.

Every tattoo made signifies a meaning and an own story to tell. Looking at a tattoo one can quickly get an idea about that person. The tattoo design automatically gives an idea about the person’s beliefs and aspirations in life.

Females often wish to make tattoos that would reflect their softer side of their personality. Perhaps the feminine tattoos are the best choice to make.

In the world we live in today, there are no boundaries for fashion and art. Creativity knows no limits. Though such tattoos are mostly selected by men, there are a few tattoo designs created for men too. The sizes and designs of feminine tattoos differ. Women usually prefer gentler designs like flowers, teddy bears, names, butterflies etc. There prefer to go for small tattoo drawings than men.

The purpose of getting tattoos done is numerous. Ancient purpose of tattoo:

  • Symbols of status and position: Tattoos were worn by the blue blooded people and their royal heirs. They preferred to make symbols like rising sun or the emblem of their empire. The purpose was to distinguish between the common and the one from the royal lineage.
  • Symbols of religious and spiritual devotions: People got their religious and spiritual beliefs engraved on their bodies. That could be a symbolic representation of their deities
  • A Medal for courage: Tattoos were engraved to symbolize courage. Soldiers often got tattoos done with symbols like swords and arches engraved on their hands.
  • Punishments: People sent on a exile or captured were tattooed to make them bear the brunt of their crime in form of shame forever.

Modern Purpose of Tattoo

  • Cosmetic: In the present time, tattoos are quite in fashion. People sport a tattoo to exhibit their fashion forwardness. Also, tattoos are made to hide skin discolorations.
  • Sentimental reasons: Apart from lending a fashion statement, sentimental reasons are a major reason too for getting a tattoo done. People sport their zodiac sign, parents name, kids and beloved to mark a permanency of their love.
  • Religious: Today also, people get tattoos done for religious purposes
  • Identification of particular groups: People belonging to same groups also engrave similar kind of tattoos to be identified as the members of the group.

Save our Tigers – Part II

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Save our Tigers – Part IIIn the previous article, we discussed about the threats to the tigers around the world. And, now it is high time to discuss about the solutions that can take care to curb this big threat that this big gift from nature is endangered with. From 100,000 to 3,200 is seriously a big concern. However, in spite of the threats, there is still hope that we can fight for the preservation of the tigers.

Now, if your question is that why we should care about tigers? Then, here are the answers mentioned below:

Healthy tiger population leads to healthy ecosystems.

  • Decline in the number of tigers, clearly states that our ecosystem is in trouble.
  • The ecosystems help to supply nature and people with fresh food, water and other vital requirements – and that concludes the fact – saving tigers is saving human beings.
  • By protecting tiger habitat, we help to mitigate the climatic changes as well. Majority of tigers survive in the forests of Asia, that are critical for their biodiversity but also as stores of carbon dioxide that end up released to the atmosphere when forests are cut down.
  • Just like predators, tigers are umbrella species protecting others benefit from other species, also including other endangered species that share the tiger habitat and a part of their habitat.
  • Tigers can be a direct source to help the planet’s some poorest communities. Places with an easy accessibility to tigers helps to increase the tourism of that particular place and also support the local economy. Conservation of tigers also helps to provide alternative livelihoods for rural communities that are sustainable and help to raise the income levels.

 What needs to be done?

  • Put an end to the demand of tiger parts: Poaching is the biggest threats to tigers. Educate and inform people about conserving this world wide heritage. It is necessary for people to change their habits especially when it is at the cost of someone else’s life.
  • Focus on anti poaching activities at critical tiger sites and clamp down tiger trade. Organizations like WWF have build political will in tiger range countries to protect and connect tiger habitats on a massive scale.
  • Protection of tigers in existing parklands, establishment of new protected areas for tigers. Create corridors that connect parklands and allowing tigers to roam and find adequate mates for breeding.
  • Organizations like WWF are doing their bit to protect the tiger habitat by engaging with the timber, paper and agricultural industries to implement sustainable practices that further help to reduce habitat destruction and degradation.
  • Reduce human-tiger conflict: Provide innovative solutions and educational programs to reduce conflicts between tigers and local communities.

 You can help to save tigers too!

No matter where you live or where are you from, or what is your standard of living, you are still responsible for the extinction of this animal. The planet belongs to each one of us, hence it is our duty to save the tiger.

Following the below mentioned steps, can help our children and grandchildren live in a world where in tigers will still be considered as a top predator and a powerful symbol of reverence.

The good news is that we can save the tigers!

  • Tell tiger rangers you care by sending them a postcard. Rangers are the unsung heroes who put their lives in danger working under harsh conditions on frontlines, keeping the wild tigers safe. It is time to recognize these heroes. Tell rangers you care and support their work. Send them a post card.
  • Donate to the tiger projects. Raise cash for emergency funds and anti-poaching patrols
  • Do not buy anything containing tiger parts. Poaching of tigers takes place due to demand in tiger parts. Tiger parts like bones are used for traditional medicines and skin for clothes.
  • Purchase forest friendly products. After poaching, the biggest threat to tigers is the destruction of their forest home. You can help to stop the habitat loss by buying products from sustainable forestry and agricultural operations.
  • Spread the word: The more people realize the importance of the issue, the faster can we resolve it. So go on and educate your friends and family members.

Also, there are organizations in the world that currently aim to help in the conservation of tigers. One of the most popular one in the list is Word Worldlife Fund. It is an international non-governmental organization working on issues in regards to the conservation, research and restoration of the environment. You can find out more about their organizational goals and lend your support to them.