Tattoos – the new fashion statement!
Have you heard of Julia Gnuse? No? Well please look her up on the internet and you will be shocked and awed at her claim to fame. Julia Gnuse holds a Guiness World Book of Records title for being the most tattooed woman in the USA. Fondly called the ‘Illustrated Lady’, Julia started tattooing her skin to cover up a skin ailment – and continued to cover her body with multiple tattoos ranging from scenery to jungle art, actors and her favourite cartoon characters. 95% of her body is covered in tattoos.
While covering every inch of skin with tattoos seems a little extreme, tattoos have been a favourite form of expression for a long time and recently have picked up speed as a fashionable accessory to have. Body art no longer has negative connotations and many are flaunting their choice of art openly. More women than men seem to find this trend appealing – a recent survey by Reuters shows that the fairer sex is getting inked more often than their male counterparts. Heartening to know so many women have such a high pain threshold- tattooing isn’t the most comfortable experience!
While men get tattoos as a symbol of their strength and macho attitude, women often put a lot of thought behind their chosen tattoos which usually have a lot of meaning and symbolism. They are usually small and delicate while men opt for larger tattoos.Women also get tattoos as an expression of rebellion, to express their spirit and identity in a world largely dominated by men.
And women do make tattoos work in their favour. A dainty tattoo on the back of the neck is just pretty enough to accentuate her feminity when she wears a backless blouse with the chiffons sari. A delicate vine of flowers circling her ankle is a pretty alternative to the traditional anklet and stars on her delicate collarbone speak of her strength while highlighting her womanly form.
Popular tattoo choices include butterflies, queen bees, stars, ladybirds, fairies, hearts and initials. Women also opt for dolphins, flowers; paw prints to commemorate pets and initials of their loved ones. Favourite places are the back of the neck, lower waist, lower back, on the feet or ankles. Many also opt for sentences in beautiful calligraphy. The symbolism can be anything – for women tattoos can represent love, spirituality, death, a desire to rebel or a wish to break out of monotony. Protective symbols of gods, pagan symbols and other well known charms are also a favourite – this way they don’t have to carry the protective symbol with them – it is on their body permanently!
All women who intend to jump on the bandwagon of this trend should think before they ink – a mantra that tattoo artists urge their customers to follow. Body art is permanent and removing it can cause a lot of pain, scarring and it is quite expensive. Make sure you really want a tattoo before getting it.
Back of the neck, ankle and feet – bony areas all of them – are favourite spots for tattoos for women, but be warned, these spots are also the most hurtful as the skin is thin over the bone. So if you want a first tattoo experience to be tolerable, opt for a part of your body which is more padded and fatter like your arm, thigh or shoulder.
Also remember that skin sags and the tattoo which looks so good now might not look like its original design at all when you are old. (Though a tattoo on an old lady is also pretty cool!) Ensure that your workplace will allow tattoos on display and if it doesn’t, get in on a part of your body that can be covered when you go to office. Many companies might flatly refuse to hire you if you have body art that cannot be covered.
Last but not the least, be safe when you get your tattoo, make sure you get it from a reputed place which uses sterile instruments – and you are ready to flaunt your body art as a style statement!