Loved by some (me), hated by some, however I do think a lot of people have a love/hate relationship with them though. Many 'wants' to have them done but do not have the courage or can't due to religious reasons or work related situations.
Some beautifully tattooed men. Just because.
|Good old David never lets us down with his tattoos|
|Mr Macintosh. Purely for the tattoos,|
but of course.
|Yes yes we all have our different reasons for hating him|
but I love his tatts.
You are welcome.
I myself have always loved tattoos, on women and men. It probably has something to do with my father being covered in them, down to the back of his hands. Not nice ones either (sorry dad), on one of his hands he has a odd flower with round green (maybe they were once black) petals and a pinkish middle. He also has a charming collection of names of his wives (yes plural) on his arm whereby he has crossed out the previous wives name when a new one came along. My name is also somewhere on his body. Not crossed out I might add.
He sounds a bit like a sailor. I can assure you he is not. He is just my dad and the reason why I love tattoos.
|I have always been a fan of Kirsten Leanne's tattoos|
|Absolutely stunning. I want this.|
I get so tired of hearing people saying 'make sure you don't regret your tattoos in the future' or 'that won't look very good when she/he is 60' and maybe I am naïve but if you decide to get a tattoo, you do have a certain personality to go with it and unless you are 15 when you get the tattoo done, surely you will more or less have the same personality later on in life..? The only thing I would say is, if you are planning body tattoos, make sure your body is looking good first, no ink is going to cover lumps and bumps. Harsh but true.
|Exactly what I'm going to do when I grow old.|
Especially the epic beard part.
This light-hearted view on bodily art might also have something to do with how I feel about my own tattoos. It does sound crazy, but I don't take them seriously. I get an idea of a tattoo I want to have done and I just go and do it, right that moment if I can. People always say 'don't do a spur of the moment tattoo, you'll regret it after'. I have never regretted any of my tattoos, but then I don't regret much in life. Its just your body after all, life goes on.
And, if people are going to judge me by my looks, which always happens anyway, I'll just give them more ammunition. Knock yourself out sweetheart.
|Bet he regretted that though.|
My first one I had done 10 years ago was on the back of my neck. I had designed a beautiful intricate Z. I took it to the famous Frith Street Tattoos in Soho (Rihanna's choice when in London). I was met with the worst arrogant attitude by the tattooist, she bluntly said you cant tattoo intricate details like that and instead made a really blunt Z only resembling my original sketch. Due to being naïve and a bit shy I just went along with what she said and had her tattoo what sometimes looks like a Z and sometimes look like a 2 on my neck depending on how you look at it.
Thankfully I have long full hair and can't see it, and it seems after searching everywhere I don't even have a picture of it... Life goes on hey...
About 5 years later I came up with the idea that I wanted to have a tattoo down my spine. I have always liked the Swedish saying 'Alone is strong' as through my life it has proven correct.
I designed it as a diagonal scribble in Swedish covering my exact spine. This time I went to Diamond Jacks, the longest running tattoo parlour in London's West End. I love the tiny little entrance in the middle of all the seedy strip clubs and massage parlours in Soho.
After showing them my sketch, they made it just as I wanted it and an hour and a half later I was done and pleased with the result.
|My spine tattoo which is normally flat on my spine if I don't try to turn and pout.|
Temporary brunette too.
And a side boob. Pure class.
A couple of years later I was visiting a friend in Poland. On the plane I came up with an idea of a cat on my wrist. I love cats since I had my first one at the age of one so it seemed right to have it inked.
My friend even brought over a tattoo artist that evening to do it, however she couldn't get around getting the sketch exactly how I wanted it so I left it. My patience is low but not as low as walking around with something that resembles two balls on my wrist. A week later I flew to Stockholm and had my friend's tattoo artist do the job.
My pain threshold is really high so I am never concerned with the pain but this was by far the most annoyingly painful one as the skin is so delicate on the wrist. It's a kind of pleasurable pain though I'm sure you'd agree if you've had one done.
|No it's not testicles. It's a cat.|
And no, its not Nalaya, it's Shamballa.
My 4th and last one I only did a couple of months ago, my friend Honey and I had been talking about tattoos and she gave me the idea of tattooing a round circle on my lower arm stating 'what goes around comes around'. That lunch break I brought the idea to Frith Street again, completely having forgotten my first experience there, however I was quickly reminded of it as I was met with the same stinking attitude and the words 'nope, can't do that'. Again I reversed out shocked, this time thankfully without a new tattoo.
I remembered Diamond Jacks around the corner and went there. The nice young man with tattoos across his face told me the tattoo wouldn't look good going in a closed circle as the muscles on the arm would make it look wonky. He said he would work on a design similar to it and see what he could come up with. A few days later he presented me with a design which instead of being scripted in a closed circle, it spirals slightly down my lower arm, which actually looked a lot better.
A week later I had it done; after calling him every day to see if he had had any cancellations to fit me in, of course.
|Little bit of my semi spiralling circle kind of thing.|
Is that a face of regret...?
My friend told me as late as yesterday when I was running a new tattoo idea past him that I have to be careful or I'll look like a scribble pad soon. Which is true. If I was left to my own device I would have a sleeve guaranteed, tattoos up my shoulder and neck and probably half my head shaved.
But I just want one more... then I'll stop...tattooed pinky promise...
Watch this space. ;)