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Hand Poked: This is a very rough way of tattooing usually practiced by children or in prison. I will not go into the methods but the tattoos generally end up with a ton of blowouts.

Hand Tapped: This is a very old way of tattooing practiced among almost every culture in the world at one time or another. An object is used to cut or puncture the skin and is generally tapped with another object to get the penetration required for the tattoo to stay. (See Tribal)

Hues: Varying tones or shades of an individual color. Can also be used to describe groups of colors (i.e. darker hues).

Hindu: A religion stemming from India in its' origins I believe. There are many symbols and gods so I will try and put forth what little knowledge of this that I have. The Gods quite often change shape and even gender throughout the years. I believe that there are actually well over 150 Gods, so if you would like to learn more you will be busy for quite some time.
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Brahma- The creator God. He has four heads looking in four opposite directions. He also is usually holding a book or a scroll. He is one of the least celebrated Gods in the hindu religion. He usually is depicted with four arms.

Ganesh- Sometimes also called ganapati or ganesha. Though he plays many roles over time he is usually the remover of obstacles. He is almost always shown with the head of an elephant and multiple arms holding different objects depending on the symbolism.

Hanuman- The God of strength and loyalty. He is generally depicted as a four-armed monkey. He is usually holding a mountain in one hand. and different objects in the other hands or one set of them clasped in prayer.

Kali-Though Kali has many faces throughout the Hindu religion the destroyer and the mother goddess are the main identities. Though fairly human in body she is generally shown with four arms, a fairly angry face with protruding tongue, (if not verging on demonic in destroyer form), a sword in one hand, a demon head in another, and the other two hands usually change items or are empty. Also usually wearing a necklace of skulls or surrounded by skulls and fire. She is generally black in complexion since it is the origin and dissolver of all color at the same time.

Krishna- God of joy, freedom, and love. Generally shown dancing while playing a flute with two hands. The other hands can be involve with other items. Usually bluish-black in color.

Rama-The God of reason, right action, and commendable virtues. He is usually shown as a king carrying bow and arrows.

Ravana- A ten headed demon deity. Usually dark in complexion and having many arms, holding many weapons.

Shiva- The destroyer of ignorance and all things that block the path to enlightenment. Shown with blue skin, a cobra around his neck, a third mystical eye accompanied by three white lines. He also usually carries a trident, among other items. He is the destroyer of the universe after evil has taken control.

Vishnu- The preserver of the universe. He takes on many different forms including many animals.

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Element tower- This is generally a design that has a square with a circle on top of it, a triangle on top of that, and a crescent with a dot floating above it above that. This is usually used at stupas to represent (from the bottom up) earth, water, fire, and spirit.

Lotus- symbol of purity

Om- Said to be the sound that created the earth.

yantra- A geometric design used during meditation for power and protection. They are very complex and beautiful.

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Hispanic: Designs demonstrating hispanic heritage. These designs are typically a smoky black and gray and can have the following themes integrated into them.:

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Lowrider: Designs featuring vehicles that are usually classics along with or without beautiful women.

Lettering: Usually designating something of great importance such as homeland, neighborhood, honor. Typically done with heavy pin striping.

Mexican Flag: The eagle, snake, and cactus visible upon the Mexican flag.

Warrior: A depiction of Pancho Villa, an Aztec, Incan, Mayan, or other South/Central American Indian or Mexican warrior. This is usually shown to give homage or to attempt to gain some of the strength of the person depicted.

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