Tattoos for chest Full Body Art

Chest tattoo by Josh Wrede

Body art has been around since ancient times
Body art has been around since ancient times

Tatoos from ancient times

Tattoos have been around since ancient times. According to one report, in 1992 the remains of a 5000 year old man dubbed "The Iceman" was discovered high in the Alps. His skin was relatively preserved and adorned with tattoos. His fifty-eight tattoos were made of simple lines and dots, unlike the elaborate tattoos of body art we see today.

Tattoo Celtic Cross

One of the more popular chest tattoos is the Celtic cross. The Celtic cross, to many, represents a reminder of a historical connection, along with a statement of their faith in God.

Some choose to have the cross on their chest as part of an elaborate statement, while others opt for simpler, smaller crosses on other body parts. There are many celebrities, both past and present, who've chosen the Celtic cross tattoo: Justin Timberlake, Eva Longoria, and Sean Avery of the NHL, English soccer player Rodney Wayne.

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Celebrities with cross tattoos

  • King of England (1189-99 AD) had Jerusalem Cross tattoo to signify his participation in the Crusades
  • Brian Austin Green
  • Brian Littrell
  • Dennis Rodman
  • Traci Lords
  • Nicholas Brendon
  • Josh Lucas
  • Drew Barrymore
  • Tyson Beckford
  • Mickey Rourke
  • Charli Baltimore
  • Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day

Tattoo artists in the United States

Of course Celtic cross tattoos and other types of cross tattoos are just the beginning of what design you can choose. Finding a truly skilled tattoo artist in the United States can be difficult. Many tattoo artists simply apply tattoos from stock tattoo art. For a truly unique and personal work of art, it's vital to find someone who knows what they are doing- true artist.

One such talented artist is Josh Wrede currently living in Denver Colorado. Josh started tattooing as a teen. His style of art is both unique and highly sought after from many, including celebrities throughout the music industry. One of his specialties is creating complex designs that work well as chest tattoos.

Why do people get chest tattoos?

Just like any other personal decision in life, a tattoo is a reflection of a personal statement. The more obvious a tattoo is, the more likely the statement is meant to be loud and public. The less obvious or hidden tattoos may be reserved for intimate eyes only.

Having a full chest tattoo means the artist has a wide canvas to work on. Often the chest tattoo will extend onto the back and sometimes go up or down the body. Many people who have chest tattoos want to carry around a full work of art. this requires a true artist, one who is skilled in their craft just as Rembrandt was a skilled painter.

Chest tattoo design by Josh Wrede

Chest tattoos designs by Josh Wrede
Chest tattoos designs by Josh Wrede

Chest and Shoulder tattoo design by Josh Wrede

Chest tattoo design choice

If you're interested in the art of tattooing and wish to have a work of art, choosing your artist will be much like walking into an art gallery and choosing a painting to hang on your wall. The main difference of course is the permanency of your chosen piece of art.

The true tattoo artist will work with you to create the design you want to wear for the rest of your life. A chest tattoo, or any type of larger body art needs to be delegated to skilled artists like Josh Wrede. It may take months to get an appointment with one of these artists, but in the long run, the piece of art you display will be the work of a modern master.

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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

Painful! painful! painful! Outch!

Great hub , but I winced enough when my granddaughter had one tiny rose tattoo.

Nice that we´re not all the same isn´t it.?

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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Dim- I couldn't agree more. I personally like my art on the wall :) But have a great appreciation for the talent that goes into these. profile image 6 years ago

Any artist has to be respected but as far as this goes less is more and a little goes a long way in my opinion but each to their own.

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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

Beautiful! i am looking for a shark for the side of my face by my eye. will either find one or draw one myself been looking for a few years now. ~aloha~

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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Sa'ge- that sounds wild! I am sure Josh could hook you up. I know he actually worked in Hawaii for quite awhile. He travels there now periodically from what I am told. Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

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vrbmft 6 years ago from Yucaipa, California

Hey Bayareagreatthing. In one fell hub, the whole idea of getting something off your chest is gone forever!! As much as some part of me abhors tatoos, there is another side of me that would like one!!BUT I hear it is not a particularly pleasant experience, but perhaps some people just say that to scare the rest of us away!

I remember as a kid in the fifties, playing Indians and we would dress up in war paint!!

Thank you for introducing us to a look at a form of art, obviously it is, that many of us look askance at.


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