Why Allegory?

When the owners of Allegory originally came together they wanted to create an environment that challenged the notions of one of the world's oldest practices. When you walk into Allegory you will immediately notice the warm, welcoming and educational environment. If you are looking for your first tattoo or just looking to cover that last remaining inch of blank canvas, at Allegory we will do what it takes to make sure you are comfortable in your own skin.

At Allegory we understand that the selection of an artist is as important if not more important than the selection of the piece itself. We know the only way to properly assess a tattoo artist is to see examples of his or her work. Each of our artists has a current portfolio of their work. You can also visit the shop or studio and ask if you can watch the artist in action. One good reason to do this is to establish the verity of the artist's portfolio. Unfortunately anyone can display tattoos on their walls and then claim authorship of the work.

You will never receive any attitude when kicking our tires. We welcome you to schedule an interview to discuss your ideas with one of our artists and we will gladly help you design the perfect tattoo to suit your taste..

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-noun, plural -ries.
1. a representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms; figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another.
2. a symbolical narrative: the allegory of Piers Plowman.
3. emblem.

History of the Tattoo Art Form

Tattooing has been a Eurasian practice since at least Neolithic times. Ötzi the Iceman, dating from the fourth to fifth millennium BC, was found in the Ötz valley in the Alps and had approximately 57 carbon tattoos consisting of simple dots and lines on his lower spine, behind his left knee, and on his right ankle. These tattoos were thought to be a form of healing because of their placement which resembles acupuncture. Other mummies bearing tattoos and dating from the end of the second millennium BC have been discovered, such as the Mummy of Amunet from Ancient Egypt and the mummies at Pazyryk on the Ukok Plateau.

Tattooing in America has evolved from a long, rich history which began in the early nineteenth century with sailors. Proof of this was discovered in a seaman's log which, at the time, was referred to as ""pricking."" Shops were frequently situated near ship ports so that sailors had easy access and many of the first tattoos were inspired by life at sea. These tattoos included anchors and mermaids, along with many other tattoo designs such as hearts, women, crosses, and more.

The traditional American tattoo is beautiful because of its simplistic appearance. Traditional tattoo designs are distinct in that there is no varied line weight and they are fairly simple using basic colors without a lot of blending and fading which today's tattooists tend to use. The art of the true traditional tattoo is not seen very often these days, although there are a handful of tattooists who have mastered this skill.

As time passed, American society adapted and began to embrace the idea of tattoos on people other than sailors, army men, and criminals. During the 1960's and 1970's when ""free love"" and ""freedom of expression"" were beliefs which were held very dear, both men and women demonstrated their anti-war beliefs by getting tattoos of peace signs and various tattoo designs to express themselves.

At present, anyone can have a tattoo and it is hardly considered taboo. From soccer mom to corporate executive, the range of individual bearing tattoos spans all spectrums. In American culture, people who have tattoos typically still use them to express personal beliefs but also for other reasons. Some people get a tattoo to remember a loved one who has passed away and others get them ""just because"" they like the way they look. As this country's tattoo history continues to be written, it is worth noting that the great thing about American tattoos is the variety and the freedom to get whatever you want, wherever you want.

At Allegory we believe that each piece of work is a unique expression formed from creativity and flesh.  We do not use generic artwork ensuring that every canvas reflects a collaboration between  artist and collector.