Hebrew Tattoos Bennington VT
Saint Albans, VT
Saint Albans, VT
Hebrew Tattoos - "Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord."
Leviticus 19:28 notwithstanding, Hebrew is a favourite script for tattoos. The 22 letters of the Hebrew 'alephbet' are elegant, pictorial, and ancient.
Hebrew is a member of the Canaanite group of Semitic languages, and is one of the longest continuously recorded languages to survive to the present day. It's an abjad writing system, meaning that it has letters for consonants only. The reader mentally fills in the appropriate vowels. A system to indicate vowels was eventually incorporated into the script, a practice called niqqud, in which dots and lines were added above or below a letter.
Poetry, prayer books, and foreign words were the first to get the vowel treatment, while religious texts remained true to the old ways. Hebrew text is written horizontally from right to left, which is the first reason to consult an expert before engaging a tattooist to 'etch a tattoo on yourself'. Also, those missing vowels can lead to misinterpretation of an isolated tattooed word devoid of context.
The large number celebrities sporting them on the red carpet have bolstered the popularity of Hebrew tattoos. Madonna, the Beckams, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera are feeling empowered by taking on tattoos written in a script that has such ancient and powerful religious associations. The Beckams - Victoria and her soccer star husband, David - took on matching Hebrew tattoos as a testament to their mutual love. Their tattoos read: "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine." It's a Biblical quote from the Song of Songs, a phrase often inscribed on wedding rings. Though their tattoos have the same meaning, the text is slightly different. Hebrew words may change according to who's speaking, male or female.
Foreign language text often presents the danger of inaccurate tattoo translation. Hebrew is especially vulnerable to faulty interpretation, especially if the desired tattoo is a slogan in a different language. "Rock and Roll Will Never Die!" may lose its meaning when translated in Hebrew. Indeed, some words don't have equivalents in other languages.
Hebrew has its own hazards, due to the script's special calligraphic demands. In English, an 'A' can be carelessly rendered and still be recognized as an 'A'. Not so Hebrew characters which have precise lines, ticks, arcs, zigs and zags. It's not hard to say what you don't mean, if you're not a skilled linguist. Britney Spears is reported to have had a Hebrew tattoo lasered off the back of her neck because of just such an error. She was trying to spell 'God', of which the Kabbalah suggests there are 72. Or is that 72 ways to go wrong?
Britney, of course, was following in the dangerous footsteps of her idol, Madonna, who had also taken on a similar tattoo, and who, perhaps, stands a better chance of dealing with th...