Tattos are very important in some cultures, and since the Enchanting school learned to use magic through tattos, they have become more widespread. What methods are used? What do people with scales do for having a tattoo? Is there a temporal version?
Puncturing: to make the tattoo, a special pointy thin long needle has its tip bathed in ink. The needle is then punctured into the skin. This can be done in a variety of methods, but what it does in the end is putting ink under the skin and then allowing skin to cover the hole withouth losing the visibility to the ink.
Burning: used for less detailed tattoos, it consist into heating up a metal piece with a design until its burning red and then pressed into the skin. It will burn the skin, leaving the design from the metal piece. It is not a cheap method, as one has to commission the metal piece first, but it is one of the fastest (and some think of the painless) method.
Scarification: this one is bloddy and painful. It consists into cutting the skin and dropping ink in the wound before leaving it to heal. The tattoos made this way are basically scars coloured into unnatural colours.
Scales are not as easy to work as with skin, they are harder and not always a permanent part of one's body. There are two main methods of tattooing a person in their scales: carving and uprooting.
Carving is the least painful of the two methods. The scales get lines carved on them, forming an image in conjunt of them. These tattoos are temporal, disappearing with time as the person sheds scales and replaces them, and so the magic from magical tattoos also disappear.
Uprooting is painful, but permanent. To do this method, first one needs to delimite the zone where the tattoo will be, usually an outline with pencil or similars is done to know exactly how much it'll be. Then, the scales that are where the lines of the tattoo are will be uprooted. Finally, the tattoo will be done in a skin's method.
Scalpels, branding irons, tattoo needles and whatever it's needed to make your design visible through thick fur or plumage
Got hella inspired by this article of Naelin! I wanted to talk about how people of Daeliha tattooed themselves, specially people with scales (which the article originally was only about them) and how the scales might or not interfere with magical tattooes.
This is really cool! It's neat to consider how people who don't have skin would mark their bodies. I find it especially interesting how elves are unable to get ink tattoos because of the bacteria in their skin.
Glad you liked it! The article was stuck in my head for a while so I'm glad I could finally write it down. I am having lots of funs with the elves' bacteria :D
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