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Artistry in Ink
(907) 696-7207
Eagle River, AK
 
Dragon Rays Tattooing
(907) 272-8287
3505 Mountain View Dr
Anchorage, AK
 
Ultimate Body Piercing && Tattoo
(907) 563-2005
3427 E Tudor Rd Ste B
Anchorage, AK
 
Anchorage Tattoo Studio
(907) 561-0065
706 W Benson Blvd
Anchorage, AK
 
Pacific Rootz Tattoo
(907) 929-7659
3545 Arctic Blvd Ste B1
Anchorage, AK
 
Eagle River Tattoo
(907) 622-4465
11127 Old Eagle River Rd.
Eagle River, AK
 
Dragon Rays Tattooing
(907) 272-8287
3505 Mountain View Dr
Anchorage, AK
 
Anchorage Tattoo Studio
(907) 561-0065
706 W Benson Blvd
Anchorage, AK
 
Rebirth Tattoo
(907) 222-4653
1441 W. Northern Lights Ste J
Anchorage, AK
 
Lipsense Independent District
(907) 929-5797
4021 Ursa Cir
Anchorage, AK
 

Number tattoos

Number tattoo designs Number Tattoos - Since mankind first began to count, numbers and destiny have always gone hand in hand. Our fascination with numbers begins in the cradle - remember counting fingers and toes? Then come the days of the week, the months of the year, the planet, the stars, and onwards to infinity.

Numbers are also potentially intriguing tattoo elements. Who, in a moment of truth, won't confess to harbouring a number they consider 'lucky'? Johnny Depp has the number 3 tattooed on his left hand, on the web between his thumb and forefinger. Soccer star, David Beckham, has his lucky Roman numeral 'VII'. Some numbers are especially and profoundly important to us -- the birthdays and anniversaries of loved ones, for example, or the date of a dearly departed. We will never forget them, but do we really understand them? Do we know where they came from?

0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9… we call them 'Arabic numerals'. Arabs call them 'Hindu numerals', which is where the copyright belongs, with Indian mathematicians living around 500 AD. Arabs get the credit, because it was from North Africa that medieval Europeans first encountered these characters, which have formed the basis of our number system, roughly since Gutenberg invented his moveable type (1450s), which launched Western Europe out of the Dark Ages.

But long before the Indians introduced the concept of 'zero', people were already counting. Fingers and thumbs were certainly the first abacus, making the decimal system - based on '10' - an inevitable invention. The earliest evidence of a counting system comes from Egypt and involves repeated signs for '1', up to the count of ten, then a repeated sign for each group of '10'. Roman numerals are a classic example of this system. Who doesn't know what XXII stands for? Ten plus ten plus one plus one equals…? America's annual Super Bowl pageant continues to identify with the gladiators of old - the 2010 version in Miami is dubbed Super Bowl XLIV.

But the 'Arabic' system of numerals emerged the victor. From its ancient Brahmi origins, to Hindu, then to Arabic and through medieval to modern times, the organic growth of the numerals, zero through nine, can be visibly traced.

CHART SHOWING DEVELOPMENT OF NUMERALS FROM BRAHMI TO MODERN

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Brahmi numerals in the first century CE

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While the symbols are unencumbered by historical meaning beyond their numerical value, various traditions have since cloaked the numerals with esoteric significance. From Pythagoras to pure hokum, our numbers have been alchemized into concepts to either fear or revere. St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD), for instance, is quoted as saying, "Numbers are the universal language offered by the deity to humans as confirmation of the truth."

Here are various meanings ascribed to our basic numbers by various traditions from numerology to the Tarot - to sheer superstition:

0. The beginning and the end. The Alpha and Omega. Pure potential. Or i...

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