Tattoo's always seem to be an ongoing subject, filled with mixed opinions and ideas. I think it is very much down to personal taste.
Tattoo's often conjure up images of bearded bikers, jail birds and rock stars, but we forget that most of today's modern fashion icons all boast some ink of their own - think Victoria Beckham, Angelina Jolie, Sienna and Kate just for starters!
In my case - I got a tattoo when I was 16 (I borrowed my sisters clothes to look 18 - call it teenage rebellion okay?!) and chose a Celtic symbol for my lower left abdomen. I loved it at the time and it represented the kind of girl I was, living for the moment - to hell with tomorrow!!
8 years later I find myself looking down at it, ruined by 2008's key hole surgery, and looking a little sorry for itself. In hind sight it is not an image I would pick should I do it all over again, yet I cannot bring myself to detest it. Why?
Because it's a symbol of my 16 year old self - and I liked her. She was feisty and in control and I'm a little ashamed to say I want to re introduce her into my life mid-twenties! So instead - I am going to have it redesigned into something a little more feminine, funky and be proud!
Having researched the incredible art work of tattoo designs I came across Kat Von D - a celebrity in the tattoo neighbourhood.
She reminds me of Dita Von Teese, Katy Perry and Amy Winehouse squashed into one artistic canvas of a body - pretty cool in my books! She has become quite the pin up for the industry and has many celebrity clients.
Kat has been inking since she was 15 years old! She also has her own line of cosmetics, a reality TV show (Miami / LA ink ) and a new book out now called High Voltage Tattoo. I'm liking her alot!
So - this begs the question, what is your take on tattoos? Love 'em or hate 'em? On men, or women? Do you have one, or would you ever get one? Tell me, tell me......
(Top Image from here)