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Incredible Hand Paintings By Great Artists! Plus, Tattoos, Right Or Wrong?
You've probably seen these before; paintings on human hands. Some of these painting are so meticulously made to look like an actual animal or bird. Though I've seen some of these before, like half a dozen times, as they were once an email sensation, they just never seize to amaze me!
I am an artist at heart, and I know a good painting when I see one. So when I come across what seems like a new breed of what I've seen before, I couldn't resist the urge to share.
These group of paintings featured here on this hubs are the handiwork of two great painter and artist, Guido Daniele, and Mario Mariotti. Both of the great artists were born in Italy. Mario was born in Florence, Italy, while Guido was born in Soverato, Italy.
Guido does both hand and body arts. His paintings has been featured in both fashion events and exhibitions in countries such as, Holand, Germany, and France. Mario's art has been focused maily on hand paintings depicting both animals and sports characters like the ones shown below.
Guido Daniel's Paintings
Though both of these artists/painters have incredible talents in the art of body paintings, Guido's paintings appears to be more popular. He is well noted for his paintings which are mostly produced for advertising purposes, as he did for AT&T to promote their wireless roaming service through advertising and commercials.
It is very easy to get the paintings of these two men mixed up as most of their paintings sometimes depicts same animal. But careful observation will reveal some slight variation and style.
Mario Mariotti's Hand Paintings
Who's Paintings Do You Like the Most?
Mehndis Hand Painting As Seen On These Nigerian BridesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Mehndis - Paintings On Hands
There are other forms of paintings on hands that you probably have seen or are familiar with. One of these form of hand paintings, which has been an ancient practice among the Arab culture is the practice of Mehndi, also known as Henna. Mehndi, or Henna, is a temporary form of skin art or decoration applied on young women, usually a bride at a wedding ceremony. This is a very common form of body art practice in places like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and in some areas in northern Nigeria.
The art of Mehndi usually involves the drawing of intricate patterns of Mehndi on a bride before the wedding ceremonies. In some parts of India, the bridegroom is also painted. This intricate designs are usually applied to the palms and wrists, and to the ankle down to the feet of the subject. The paintings, though very intricate in design, is usually done by someone who is vast in the art of Mehndi, but not necessarily by a great or renowned artists.
Tattoos - Permanent Body Paintings
Another form of paintings on hand is the art of tattooing. Tattooing has been an ancient practice of many cultures in Asia, North Africa, and among the Yoruba, Fulani and Hausa people of Nigeria. Tattooing is often referred to as "body art", "skin art", or sometimes "tattoo art". While tattoos can often be found on various parts of the body, some people apply tattoos to their hands.
I am not a fan of tattoos simply because tattoos are permanent surgical insertions of pigments underneath the skin to form patterns or shapes deemed significant to the subject. And also, because as a believer in Christ, I do believe we are to refrain from practices that permanently modifies the body we are given, especially when the act is not to correct a deformity.
I know there are those who says that God doesn't care about our outward appearance. Well, the last I check, God, the maker of the heavens and the earth changes not. He is still the same Holy God that he was back in the days of Abraham.
Leviticus 19:28 says, "Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord." Some religious people claim that this passage was addressing the religious rituals of the pagan people living around the Israelites in those dads, and that it doesn't apply to us as under the dispensation of grace. Really?
The bible says, believers are to present their bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto the Lord. (Romans 12:1) You can justify your tattoo by making it religious. But putting on the emblem of a cross or even having the name of Christ tattooed on your entire body doesn't make it right.
Any believer who claim to have 'risen with Christ' should delve into anything associated with pagan worshipers. "Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy" - 1Peter 1:16 (KJV).
What Is Art?
What Is Art? I say, It's an expression of the visible and invisible. It sometimes comes from experiences, a dream, or borne out of a fantasy. The platform can vary. It could be on a canvas, a wall, or even on the human skin. But when it is expressed and shared, as even you have seen here, it becomes ART.
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Author: Comfort Babatola - ©2013