Tattoo artist Thomas Hooper from New York City is an expert in creating ‘freaky’ hand tattoos – including a 3D-hand tattoo impression! 

More hand art is available at:
http://www.handresearch.com/hand/Evolutie/kunstEngels.htm

A few impressions of Thomas Hooper’s hand art tattoo mandalas:

 

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When you’re far from home, even what you’d assume to be the most universal gesture might mean something completely different than you’d expect. It’s a concept explored in the book Don’t Get Me Wrong! – The Global Gestures Guide with helpful pictures by photographer Florian Bong-Kil Grosse. The book is published by Julia Grosse and Judith Reker and Bierke Publishing, and will also be introduced to beleaguered travellers as a handy iPhone app ($1.99). For example, in Turkey this gesture is a positive, upbeat physical expression that means “beautiful” or “good.”

This entertaining publication takes all those by the hand who are curious about the diversity of communication. Two foreign correspondents have gathered everyday hand gestures from around 50 countries, from Australia to Zimbabwe. The results, beautifully captured in nearly 80 colour photographs, are often amusing and always instructive. With its original design, stunning finish and handy format, ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong!’ makes for a cool and compact travel companion. Beautifully designed by a team of award-winning art book designers, the gestures from around 50 countries were researched and collected by two well-travelled journalists.
 
You can order the book at:
Don’t Get Me Wrong: The Global Gestures Guide
 
A Life.com photo gallery from the book is available at:
http://www.life.com/gallery/58041/dont-get-me-wrong-global-gestures#index/0
 
More reports about hand gestures are available at:
http://www.handresearch.com/news/hand-gestures.htm
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An overview of some international ‘angry’ hand gestures:

[tweetmeme source=”handresearch” only_single=false] Left-Handers Day was first celebrated on August 13th, 1976 by Lefthanders International). The purpose of the day is to both celebrate left-handedness and raise awareness of the unnecessary biases against left-handers. The holiday is still proudly observed by lefties every year on August 13th. Enthusiastic supporters may organize lefty vs. righty sports matches and encourage right-handers to try using left-handed products to experience the same awkwardness they are too often forced to endure. A few more lefty facts

What causes left handedness?

The factors that contribute to handedness, are not completely understood. Both genes & environmental factors are involved, but the brains play a significant role as well. The left brain, which controls the right hand, is dominant in most people and is the center of logical thinking. But in left handers is the right brain more dominant. And because the right brain is more associated with art, creativity, phantasy & emotional expression – the might explain why research has indicates that left handedness is about twice as often seen in artists than in the general population.

Where does left handedness excel?

Typical fields where left handers relatively often excell are:

>> POLITICS: 

7 Out of the last 14 US presidents were left handed, and Barack Obama’s final ‘rival’ – senator John Mc Cain – is left handed; in 1992 all three presidential candidates (George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton & Ross Perot) were left handed!

>> SPORTS: 

Left-handers excel particularly in tennis, baseball, swimming and fencing.

>> SCIENCE:

Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo & Isaac Newton were left handed, and 1 in 4 Apollo astronauts were left handed.

>> HISTORY:

A few other exceptional historical ‘lefties’ from various fields are:

Julius Caesar, Fidel Castro, Charlie Chaplin, Robert DeNiro, M.C. Escher, Mahatma Gandhi, Bill Gates, Alexander the Great, John McEnroe, Niccolò Paganini, Rembrandt van Rijn, Romario de Souza Faria, Mark Twain.

SUGGESTION FOR FURTHER READING:

• Left handedness in the news! 
• 7 out of the last 14 US presidents were left handed! 
• Left handed people are intelligent & creative!
The origins of left handedness!
Left handers day 2009!