When I was a kid, Tattoo’s were something that big, burley, beer drinking, bikers had emblazoned all over their bodies.
Now, they have become fashionable and can be seen, adorning the torso’s and limbs of teenagers and pop stars everywhere.
So what is acceptable as a tattoo on a ‘normal’ person these days and which tattoo’s are still too ‘biker’ or ‘punk’ to be cool and fashionable?
For several years I wanted to have a tattoo of my own. This was born in the summer days spent in Devon & Cornwall. I wanted an arm band tattoo with a ‘surfer‘ feel to it. I used to love the relaxed surfer vibe, even though I was far too much of a coward in the sea, to ever actually step foot on a surf board myself!
I met my Hubby when I was 21 and although he lived in the West Midlands by me, he, to my utter joy, was a surfer! Now, he had a tattoo, but it was a tiny little red devil on the back of his shoulder that had been branded onto him at the tender age of 17 after quite a few beers! He, was not a fan of tattoo’s. Especially not on women, so my wish for a tattoo, was put on hold.
I finally took the plunge and had a tiny tattoo on my back in August 2001. This was fairly pointless! The tattoo also went discoloured and lumpy as I went on holiday soon after it was done and I had to be submerged in water for most of the time, due to the extreme temperature!
It wasnt until I was 35 that I finally got my arm tattoo. I had mentioned my desire for a this tattoo, several times and finally, on a family vacation to Fuerteventura in August 2009, I decided to go for it. My then 12-year-old daughter, was not keen on the idea at all, though she did say, after I had the tattoo, that I made it look glamorous, which was very sweet and of course, only something that a daughter would say to her Mommy!
A couple of years after this, I decided I wanted to get the discoloured, lumpy, tramp stamp on my back covered over, with something much more elaborate and cool that I could actually show off proudly. I had a design custom made for me and after a total of 6 hours in the chair, my new tattoo was born!
Now I am fully aware that my tattoo’s are not to everybody’s taste. Do I care? If I’m completely honest, no, I actually don’t!
Which tattoo’s are acceptable to society today? Black & white? Chinese style? Portraits? Flowers & Skulls?
The truth is, everyone’s opinion of what is cool and what is not, what is pretty or what is crass, will be completely different and you will never please everyone.
… Tattoo’s are a very personal thing. Whether you have a traditional tattoo or something very contemporary and unique, it has to be for you. If I’d had my tattoo’s when I was younger, I probably would have been far more bothered about other people’s opinions of them.
Do I think you should have tattoo’s when you are young? Why not!?! The things we do when we are younger, shape the people that we become. Do I think my Hubby should cover up his ‘drunken night as a 17-year-old tattoo’? No! I absolutely do not! It is part of him, it is his history. Every time I see it, I remember the first time that I saw it.
would I want my youngest daughter to have a tattoo? My older daughter already has 3! My younger daughter wants a tiny little heart on her finger when she is 16. Should I let her? Well, if it is something that defines her character now…. Why not? She is a wonderful young woman with a great personality and her whole life ahead of her. Why shouldn’t she capture a small part of her personality as an innocent teen that she will look back on, in years to come, to help her remember how wonderful and promising life was as she approached her final year at school with her whole exiting life ahead of her…