Tattoos are often symbolic and always have a back story for the person wearing them if you’d take time to ask. Way before, tattoos were seen as a way of curing disease, protecting against spirits, showing affiliation towards certain groups/tribes, and most definitely reflecting personality traits such as bravery, courage, and social status and even till now they still represent those things.
Although not all tattoos have deep meanings and are symbolic to the wearer, some are purely decorative (with no specific meaning) or pictorial (a depiction of a specific person or item).
Some Nigerians do frown at it because of religious affiliations, but to some other people, it’s not at all a big issue. For me, I enjoy seeing a neatly and not too brash inking, that signifies something.
These simplistic ideas are really beautiful especially the one drawn on the wrist or the back of the neck.I’m not sure yet if I when I would join the train of inkers, but well it doesn’t stop me (or you) from admiring nicely done designs. And if you don’t want permanent inking on your skin but would still like to get a tattoo. Don’t be deterred as there is a non-permanent way to ink your skin. Black henna is a coal-tar product that is able to last for a while giving the effect of a real permanent tattoo. Most Hausa brides have been seen with this beautiful art designed onto their skin.