Finally Shah Rukh Khan also seems to have succumbed to its charm, as it was visible during the inaugural match of the IPL Cricket league where when he was pumping the air, it became visible on his left arm. It was also having a different colour, than the conventional black colour, his tattoos being deep sea blue in colour.
What is it that makes people succumb to the charm of the tattoos? Tattoos as the ornamentation of body have been in vogue on the male form of human life since the time of the Egyptian civilization. In the mummies which keep on getting excavated, one finds tattoos of distinct motif, as a mater of fact tattoos were used as a mark of identification for determination of a class. When tattoos made its debut, it was forbidden for a common man to display, as it was a royal requiem. Now transposing this position to the modern context, if one were to make a comparison, it would become evident that the film stars of the present times are their most prominent exponents. Is the tattoo, than used to display and define a social status? In the context of Shah Rukh Khan can one make a conjecture that this is a rub off effect from his new friendship with Arjun Rampal.
Tattoo as a distinct signage had been utilized with finesse in the films of earlier times, more so in the films of Manmohan Desai, as it was evident in AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY, MARD and NASEEB etc. The first distinct debut of a tattoo was done under the aegis of Big B in DEEWAR when he displayed the words "Mera Baap Chor Hai" After DEEWAR display of tattoos had become a rage, but it again ebbed, before Sanjay Dutt resurrected it with a great finesse. Tattoos where used in the films to join the brothers who might have been separated from one another. In the modern context, the tattoos also moved on to the bodies of the female stars as well, and they started making appearances at places, on the body of a film star, which was not displayed earlier. Tattoos in fact emerged as an excuse to display a well-toned body on the part of the film actresses.
It has evolved as a refined form of body art and the major boost that it got was when Saif Ali Khan got the name of Kareena Kapoor displayed on his arm and its hilarious promotion was made by the duo of Saif and Shah Rukh Khan on the eve of the Filmfare Awards 2007. Tattoos are here to stay and now it has been clinically proved that tattoos can be used as the basis to administer the drugs as the perforations have made their appearance on the body. Somebody may soon capitalize on this opportunity to promote the healthier aspect of this body art.