Tattoos can, and do, get a bad rep. Potentially even more so on women. To judge a woman as a slut or stupid because she chooses to have ink on her body is ridiculous, but I have seen evidence of such accusations online. Recently a Facebook group called “Your Tattoos Make you a Horrible Mother” was received very badly – and rightly so. How physical appearance affects your ability to care and nurture is beyond me. Anyway, I digress.
One of the ways I love to see tattooed women is dressed up and glamorous. The contrast of the highly polished look with the edginess and often unexpectedness of inked skin is such a beguiling juxtaposition.
Although only temporary, Cara Delavigne embodied the look at the Met Gala this week.
She’s received some criticism because they’re only temporary, but she does have real permanent tattoos as well so I think that’s perfectly fine. While I’m not a fan of hers, I do love that she’s strong willed enough to go down the permanent route, in spite of the fact her appearance is her job. It’s two fingers to convention, and doesn’t seem to have done her any harm. Plus, anyone who is promoting visible tattoos as completely ok is doing a good thing.
Here are some great images of glamorous ladies in all their inked glory.
Tattoos obviously go with the territory when you’re a tattoo artist yourself.
Kat von D
And of course the odd few celebs (using that term loosely when it comes to Jodie Marsh, obvs)
And I adore these retro pin up styles
Retro glamour is just cool full stop though – tattoos or not!