Please note:

The studio is no longer in Hungerford, but now in Everleigh, near Pewsey, Wiltshire

Due to semi-retirement, appointments are limited to Fridays and Saturdays, and Evelyn is no longer doing cover-ups or half hour appointments.

Evelyn is focusing on wildlife, floral & spiritual tattoos.

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Welcome to the
White Horse Tattoo Temple

Evelyn is  fully licensed and

specialises in Custom Tattoo Art.

Realistic or stylised work:

Animals, Birds, Flowers, Skulls

and all things Spiritual, 

in both Black & Grey or colour.  

You are welcome to bring along your

own designs which will then be adapted

to suit the  tattoo style you prefer, or Evelyn will design your tattoo for you.  

If you have any designs, pictures or ideas we can use them as a basis to design your tattoo exactly as you want it.​

The White Horse Tattoo studio is known

for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

     

Origins of the Tattoo

 

Tattooing as an ancient rite of passage, passing through  puberty into adulthood, was a common ritual. The idea is: if a girl can't take the pain of tattooing, she is un-marriageable, because she will never be able to deal with the pain of child birth. If a boy can't deal with the pain of a tattoo, he is considered to be a bad risk as a warrior.

Primitive people often got tattooed before an ordeal or dangerous enterprise.

For eons people have marked themselves with the signs of their totem animals in order to gain the strengths and abilities of the totem animal. On an inner level it shows that the bearer has a close and mysterious relationship with this guardian animal spirit.

The Maori of New Zealand use tattooing as a rite of social status, as a person's Moko designs enhanced their prestige and shows the transition from one social status to another. At its highest level, Moko designs proclaimed the sacredness of chieftainship.

The Tibetans would tattoo a sacred mantra on a moving part of the body to create the same effect to mantra wheels and mantra flags, as the mantra is in constant motion. This helps the tattoo wearer to achieve inner as well as outer balance and harmony. The Tibetans would also tattoo on certain acupuncture points and with medicinal herbs in the dyes, to obtain certain medical effects.

Most Native American tribes celebrated adulthood with tattoo puberty rites. Simple lines and geometric patterns were used and women often had lines extending from the lower lip onto the chin. Arapaho men tattooed three dots on their own chest, to prove their manhood. The Sioux, among other tribes, believed that tattoos were necessary as a rite de passage into the spirit world. As a ghost warrior rode towards the "Many Lodges", he would encounter an old woman, who would demand to see his tattoos. If he had none to show, he and his horse were pushed off the path, and fell to earth, where they became aimlessly wandering spirits, who were eternally unsatisfied.

The Hawaiians are prominent among people who have specific tattoo gods. In Hawaii, the images of the tattoo gods are kept in the temples of tattoo priests. Each tattoo session begins with a prayer to the tattoo gods that the operation might not cause death, that the wounds might heal soon, and that the designs might be handsome. Many modern American tattooist will tell you, "When you should get a tattoo, the tattoo god will tell you that it is time."

Moslem pilgrims visiting Mecca and Medina also received commemorative tattoos. These Moslem pilgrims believed that, by being cremated at death, they would be purified by fire, before entering paradise.

Sailors were the first to return tattooing to Europe. They were some of the last people to retain their magical ideology of tattooing. From the 1600's to the Second World War, sailors tattooed a chicken on one foot and a pig on the other, as a charm against drowning. When a sailor had sailed five thousand sea miles he received a bluebird on his chest. When he doubled the mileage, he got a second bluebird. When a sailor crossed the equator, he could get Neptune tattooed on his leg, and crossing the equator would merit a sea turtle. A hula girl tattoo meant that he had been to Honolulu, and a sailor who crossed the international dateline earned the right to wear a dragon.

For a while tattoos were reserved for the upper classes. Prince Albert had several tattoos and it is even said that Queen Victoria had a discreet one done where only Albert could see it. When tattoos became popular with the lower classes, it became unfashionable and distasteful for the upper classes to bear tattoos.

Tattoos are more fashionable now that more and more celebrities are having them done, not only with younger people but people of all ages.

 

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