Is it just me, or does it seem like everyone is getting inked? People everywhere are using indelible ink to express themselves. Humans have always loved to express themselves through art and now, more than ever they are using the ancient art of tattooing to say something permanent about who they are, or what they believe in.
Model Lily Donaldson.
When I was growing up, I swear the only people with tattoos where sailors, bikers and well, pirates. At least, that was how it seemed to me. So what’s all the fuss about? Is the increasing popularity for tattoos been brought on by reality shows like Miami Ink? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I have a problem with tattoos, quite the opposite in fact. It’s just that it’s like people are suddenly obsessed with tattooing their bodies. Or have I just been living under a rock?
Model Freja Beha.
Then there is screen goddess Angelina Jolie, arguably one of the most beautiful women on the planet and she is covered in tattoos, which seem only to make her even more attractive.
Women of all ages are joining this party and as such, the style of tattoos women are putting on their bodies has evolved into something far removed from the original classics such as an anchor or a dragon. The tattoos women are going for are more characterised by their own distinct personality and artistic integrity. Cute even.
I have two tattoos. They aren’t very obvious and yet they are not hidden either. I wanted mine to be small and meaningful. I first started thinking about getting a tattoo in my early 20s. But I did have any idea of what I wanted. By the time I did and drew a design, I knew it would happen.
My first, a little black cat on my inside left ankle, is my good luck charm. It didn’t hurt as much as I had expected it to, but when the tattooist started colouring in the body of my design I found yogic breathing helped me cope! Afterward I felt the adrenalin kick in, I was elated and I knew I wanted to do this again!
There is no limit to wearing your art on your sleeve, décolletage, neck, thigh, ankle or your whole back. I wonder, are tattoos becoming the most wearable form of self expression outside of clothing and jewellery? Maybe so. What is intriguing, is the diversity of tattoo wearing fashionistas I see on street style blogs, and they’re all wearing Prada and Armani while toting some serious ink. But you know what? It is the way of the tattoo. Design and placement is key. I am often amazed by the full sleeves I see on young women, to me they seem fearless about their choice of permanence at such a young age.
Image from Aje Summer 2010 collection.
My second tattoo I had done in secret. I was alone, no bestie or hubby by my side. After deciding on a sanskrit word that basically means spiritual seeker, this tattoo was very important to me. It was spur-of-the moment because I hadn’t really planned on getting it done that day, but the design came to me a few days before and once I had decided on the design, I couldn’t wait any longer. The tattoo is on the inside of my right wrist and when it was done I was so thrilled. I also knew that it was not to be my last.
My wrist tattoo.
If permanent inking is not your thing, then in the words of Captain Jack Sparrow, “what’s say you” get your car inked instead? I recently put a very cute Cupid decal from Motortatts on the rear window of my car and not only has it given my car some personality, but I have had so many lovely comments from people too.
For some very cool car tattoo decal designs for your car, head over to my hubby’s side business Motortatts and check them out.
In a generation, tattoos have become de rigueur, and there really are no boundaries or limits to a design. I’ve seen tattoos on people from all walks of life and one thing that remains true is how very personal your tattoo is to you. Go with your instincts.
Sources: cartatts.tumblr.com, pinterest, cartatts.com, google.com and my own.