I’m not sure when tattooing evolved from an outrageous subculture statement to swank and dainty body decor, but it happened. One culture connoisseur tracks the epiphany of chic ink, to a dainty wrist-let Janis Joplin had etched into her skin, in 1970. The design replicated a South American bracelet she picked up while on tour. According to the tattoo artist and historian of the trade, Lyle Tuttle, needling it permanently onto the front of her wrist was so (expletively) painful – she had many other choice words – that she nearly opted not to have her second design, a small emoji-sized heart, inked onto her chest. The body art artist sent her downstairs to the bar for a drink. She returned. He hand-drew the heart shape with ballpoint pen and seared the tiny design just above her real, still-beating heart. She loved them. Later, she held a party at her house and invited the artist plus all of her friends – 18 of them left with brand new tattoos.
The merge of bold, nonconformist tats with the fashion and cosmetic industries wouldn’t intertwine until decades later. Edgy vs. stylish body art has seemingly streamlined, until it came full circle with laser removal. The cosmetic surgery of un-tatting is a booming segment of the industry, quadrupling sales year after year, even though the procedure is five times as painful and costly. With the rising tide of tattoo art, there’s much to admire on the canvas called skin. Rock stars and celebrities, just like Janis, love to make bold statements about their individuality, as do many of us. Here’s 50 of the most intriguing designs celebrity women chose to flaunt. After you’ve seen them all, you’ll be researching tattoo artists, or else cementing your place in the anti-tat class!
Selena Gomez’s Important Message To Herself
Selena started small. Just one tiny musical note imprinted upon her dainty wrist kicked off her tatting obsession. Now she’s hooked. She’s got at least ten glamorous tattoos to this day. Many of them represent sentimentality of friends and family. We know this because she shared it on Instagram.
The most fascinating wasn’t shared by her. Celebrity tattoo artist Bang Bang Instagram’d his permanent gift to her recently. A delicate script curved to her top rib penned in beautiful Arabic. It’s translated: “love yourself first”. More about Bang Bang to come.