Thinking of becoming one of the new tattooed women? People have been toying with body modification for centuries. Years ago, tattoos were reserved mainly for sailors and jailbirds, and were homemade.
A proper gentleman would never be caught with one, and a woman? Not bloody likely!
Outside of the circus, at least. But the times, they are a-changin’, and since approximately the early 1990’s, tattoos have been popping up on ladies from soccer moms to brides, and doctors to grad students becoming tattooed women.
There are more women doing the tattooing as well as getting the tattoos.
In fact, in this twenty-first century, it’s become far more unusual to meet a gal without a tattoo! Tattooed women are sexy, and all you've gotta do is walk past a newsstand to know that’s true.
Angelina Jolie has been named the sexiest woman alive by just about every magazine on the planet, and that allure certainly hasn't been hampered by her numerous tattoos (she’s got at least ten).
She has had removed the tattoo for ex-husband Billy Bob Thorton. "I'll never be stupid enough to have a man's name tattooed on me again." Lesson to be learned here girls.
Many of Miss Jolie’s tattoos are phrases, incantations, and symbols which hold a great deal of meaning to her.
She makes no attempt to either hide them or apologize for them. This sort of self-confidence is hugely appealing (that bee-stung pout doesn't hurt, either, but that’s another article!) – just ask sexiest man alive Brad Pitt!
It isn't just the super vixen bad girls with tattoos, though. Sweet-faced gals like Drew Barrymore, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kate Hudson, Meg Ryan, and even super good girl Kelly Ripa have a little ink. While a tattoo doesn't equal naughty girl anymore, many men do still read it that way and find ‘em exciting.
Tattoos have become another way for a woman to take control of her appearance, stylish as an accessory, although a lot harder to change than a pair of earrings. They are designed and placed to be seen these days.
Studies have shown that women are more likely to hit the tattoo parlor after a life change, like childbirth, marriage, or a traumatic breakup. Body art can often be used as a kind of skin scrapbook or timeline and are worn as a reminder of all the good and not-so-good days of our lives.
Many girls have initials or symbols to remind them of their kids, lovers, parents, etc. strategically tattooed. There is also a great deal of memorial ink going ‘round, for friends and family no longer around.
There are fewer instances of girls ending up with meaningless Tweety birds on their tushes after a night of drunken debauchery, than there are similar situations for men. Score another one for the girls!
Women are said to be better tattoo subjects as well, according to many statistics. Men think they are soooo tough, but we ladies are the ones who give birth, so naturally we are better able to handle a little needlework.
As modern tattooed women have evolved, so have their tattoos. It’s not all half-naked ladies who dance when your bicep wiggles, although sexy pinup girls are still quite popular.
Butterflies, stars, and fairies are traditionally feminine favorites, as are ribal or Celtic style knots and bands.
Some women are happy to flip through what’s called “tattoo flash,” or the artist’s portfolio, and pick out pieces that speak to them, while still others channel their own inner artists and design artwork of their own.
Cartoon characters, angel wings, and the like are also finding their way into the mainstream. The addition of a good color job can also “girly up” tattoo choices.
While chests and thighs used to be the most common place for a lady to get her “tat,” locations have changed up as well.
Ankles, wrists, the nape of the neck, the unfortunately nicknamed “tramp stamp” (on the lower back), hips, tummy, and upper arms have all become common “chick spots” to have inked. The throat and behind the ear are also gaining popularity.
A good artist will help you choose the right location for your artwork, as placement can make all the difference in the appearance of a tattoo. Beware, because they are addictive, and many gals find it hard to get just one. You may go in for a rose on your foot, and end up with two full sleeves of Disney characters!
And in the vein of everything old being new again, check out the resurgence of the vintage pin-up girl – but this time ‘round, she’s often covered in tattoos!
Back in the day, these strong, sexy ladies were adored for their playful, unabashed sensuality, and now they wear that same beauty not just in a sly smile, but in the artwork adorning their curvy figures.
There are conventions and festivals celebrating these beautiful women and the ink that covers ‘em, and for a long time those inkslingin’ events were largely for the boys only.
Wherever you dare to wear your artwork, make sure to take good care of that inked skin. After tattoo, keep your work moisturized with an unscented lotion and stay out of the sun and don’t scratch!
Once you’re healed and ready to take that tat out for a walk, keep it sun screened to avoid fading, and moisturized to keep skin healthy. Temporary tats are a good way to see if a tattoo works for you and just plain fun to use as a body accessory.
Angelina Jolie's first tattoo was on her left shoulder blade and was the Japanese symbol for death, she chose it as it reminded her to live. She later replaced this tattoo with one for her boy Maddox.
Author: Tanna Mayer
Updated: November. 14 2014