Tattoos have been, for many years, associated with certain stereotypes commonly regarded as “negative”: bikers, sailors, outlaws, convicts, etc. Come to think of it, they still hold that same negative connotation for many people, despite their ever growing popularity.
However, tattoos’ origins are ancient (dating as old as 4000 BC, found in mummies) and far more noble, usually associated with religious rituals and beliefs among tribes.
The Maori are one of the tribes with a strong relation to body art. Image from wikipedia.org)
In the last ten or so years, we have seen a greater exposure and somewhat acceptance of tattoos, since they can be seen everywhere: soccer players, singers, actors, celebrities… Yet, the truth remains that the more conservative part of our society will always look down on those who decide to add art to their bodies. Thus, what happens is that most people are affraid of social/professional repercussions and opt to hide their artwork (you would be surprised by the number of successful, highly reputed people who sport tattoos in hiding).
I just want to state how refreshing it feels to see people embracing their body art on a daily basis and incorporating it into the overall look:
Photos by The Sartorialist
Photos by Tommy Ton
Philip Crangi - Photo by Ben Watts
We should all be inspired by the sense of individuality, expression and confidence shown by the people in these photos. I don’t usually post pictures of women, but these helped me make my point besides looking great.