Tattooing as body art is a practice that is becoming more and more popular but really it has been around for a very long time. In many cultures, whole body tattooing was done in intricate gorgeous designs. The Japanese culture especially is known for tattooing beautiful scenes across the back and down the arms. There are images of waves, villages, koi fish and beautiful gardens. A true art form. Many of the other ancient cultures used tattooing as body art also, but it really was not until recently that tattooing beautiful scenes across the body really began to explode as an art form in its own right. A spin off of this is body art painting. I suppose the difference would come in that the paint can be removed and a different design put in its place. Obviously, tattoos are permanent, so you need to do your research and get the best tattoo design and tattoo artist you can afford.
If you are thinking about covering a large part of your body with a tattoo design, you would be wise to take your time and have a complete plan and design in place. The more intricate and colorful the design, the more time it will take to do the actual tattooing. You will probably want to have the tattoo done in stages. A little bit at a time is easier on you, your wallet, and the tattoo artist.
If you are looking for inspiration for your tattoo body art, check some of the tattoos of Japan, China and any of the ancient cultures. Combine a number of tattoo designs to get that perfect tattoo. Take your time and be patient. Find a great tattoo design site, preferably one that has tattoos that are drawn by artists, copy and paste a few designs together, get some feedback from other people and keep working on the design until it is perfect. Now you are all set, and you will have the best tattoo art around.