Posts Tagged ‘celebrity tattoos’

Well, not really… it’s more like a newly-discovered extension of an old obsession, but let’s not get picky on the semantics, aright? So. Inked Magazine. It has tempted me from the shelves of many a Walgreens, but I’m not really a magazine girl so despite the obviousness that this would be a magazine that = LOVE, I’ve never grabbed it. Well today, in my mindless web browsing, I came across the zine’s website and can’t click away. There was even a recent feature on NY Ink (I love you, Ami James. Really, I do).

I can’t fully explain my love for tattoos and the incessant craving for more. I can tell you that I consider it a form of art, and I don’t feel like my exterior would be a true representation of my interior if it wasn’t inked. I’ve begun planning for a half sleeve, and I feel like I’m at a bit of a crossroads in a couple ways. First, I have to consider that I will likely be in corporate America for the rest of my life, so unless I move to a significantly more liberal city, win amazing artistic skills in a talent lotto so I can be my own boss,  or commit myself to wearing long sleeves and/or cardigans for the rest of my life, I will have to restrict my future tattoos to easily-covered areas such as back, shoulders and upper arms. That sucks. Second, my husband recently shared that he doesn’t particularly like heavily tattooed ladies. Aaaggghhh, a knife through my heart! So my challenge is to balance my desire for near-complete coverage (but no boob or chest tattoos; I like those areas as they are) with the knowledge that Texas is extremely conservative and my husband’s preferences to see his wife’s skin.

For me (and this is trending on soul-baring, so don’t judge), and I have to admit that I feel this is true for many people, tattoos are an outward expression of an inner emotion. Whether you’ve lost a loved one, or have an inner pain that you’ve fought to overcome (or can’t quite overcome), or identify strongly with some sort of symbology, baring it to the world is a way of facing it. It’s quite literally putting your heart on your sleeve, and it’s why I will never condone a tattoo that comes straight off a parlor wall. By all means, use displayed artwork in a tattoo shop to form an idea or to demonstrate to your artist what you’re looking for, but don’t use an exact copy of what’s shown. It’s not personal and you’re ruining the entire point. I also will not condone Powerpuff Girls or other TV cartoons of any sort. Thoughts?



Posted: May 31, 2011 in beauty, talk
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Posted: May 17, 2011 in beauty, talk

The tattoo that started my love for tattoos - Rasheed Wallace's sun. Man, I miss the days of those dirty-playin' Pistons... the Wallaces... good basketball.

Mena Suvari's back tattoo... love this one. I'm a big fan of text.

"I had to feature my girl here... my favorite of her many tattoos, and it reads "Quod me nutrit me destruit" which is Latin for "That which nourishes me destroys me." Heavy.

Fred Durst - tattoo of Kurt Cobain and Elvis Presley on his chest. He was a tattoo artist before Limp Bizkit, so his are all really good.

Nikki Sixx. This picture speaks for itself.