I looked at the first photo and went “aww, she’s cute” and that was immediately cut off as I got to the second photo and lost my breath. That woman is stunning. Love her outfit. That hat is, indeed, fierce (as our bus driver said to my wife one morning).
Oh, the lady with the tattoo was strikingly handsome to begin with, but her tattoo…totally made her. I could be talking to her, and totally enjoying her and our conversation, and then, she takes off her sweater, and, BAM, theres a huge half sleeve. So mysterious…and that’s what I love about people.
To be honest, sometimes the tattoo really isn’t about how pretty it’ll look. I might think whatever of it, but if the lady in question has it, I can at least respect the choice she made, getting it.
As for the oufits- I must say the little girl in pic#1 is adorable! I love her pose on the fence, Sart- were her parents around to tell her to smile? She’s a natural. And the huge plaid hat on the woman in pic#2 is amazing. She wears it with such aplomb.
Love the pic of the gal with the tattoo, She’s beautiful. Here in Portland, OR just about everyone has beautiful ink work and it’s nice to see a little representation on the blog. I take for granted how liberal and forward-thinking Portland is, and am reminded when I go to NYC and get more rude comments about my tattoos walking around town then I do in small towns in Oregon. As for the comments about “why did she get that tattoo?” let me say: yes, we know what tattoos look like on older skin. I can’t wait to see how mine change; I’ve already seen how some change after a pregnancy and I think it’s great. Why do people think that they get to comment on choices like this? I don’t comment on your poor choice of hair color, etc. Tattoos have a long and rich history in many, many cultures, including this one. Try to get over your prejudices.
There’s my favourite triplet of your Bridgehampton series in this entry: a belt to match the little angel’s hair, the hat of a lady, and the beauty in black. I also appreciate the young gazelle furthering the high-waist trend, but oh, number four…
Beside the fact that she’s a stunner, the tattoo looks almost too neat to be real, and there are two things that I find brilliant about it: - Its size. A gorgeous big tattoo shows a lifelong commitment that I find deeply alluring. This one is a perfect size. - Its placement. You feel like there are only so many strategic points a woman can get a tattoo on, you know? The usual shoulder blade, lower leg, back, then the more problematic stomach or chest… Now, a half-sleeve is considered a manly, butch placement, yet this does not look butch to me at all. A lady wearing a tattoo with a matching top. I couldn’t love it more.
Are not the tattoos out of date? Hate them.I canÂ´t understand someone saying we should respect someone who has made the choice of taking them.Come on..what in earth is there to respect in that?IÂ´d rather say we should all respect those who have the wisdom not to take them.
Here’s a totally agenda free musing regarding the response by inked one to the ink “hater”:
I’ve had the same response to opinions stated as fact “She ruined it with that [hat/hair/shoes/jacket]” – that is, rather than, Well, I think it’s ugly” they state “It IS ugly”. Especially strange when nested within overwhelmingly positive remarks.
But then…. well, we state glowing remarks as fact. “She is gorgeous!” instead of “I think she’s gorgeous”. Anyway, I just wonder why that is.
It’s interesting to hear tattoos referred to as being something unusual; as a long time resident of SF and then Seattle, I grew tired on ink and piercings over a decade ago. I know so few people withOUT ink that it’s hardly hip rebellious, cutting edge in the least anymore. Not since 14 years ago some sorority girls stopped me on the street to ask where they could get their nose pierced.
At this point it’s a just a personal choice. Though a tattoo will not make you “different” (in fact, if anything, it’s the opposite) but WHAT a person chooses have emblazoned on their skin for eternity can telegraph part of what’s inside, and that is one main purpose of fashion. Myself, I have some small, old tats – but one look at my high school hairdo makes me loathe to commit to what’s destined to become the epidermal equivalent of permanent Farrah-hair. Novelty is my favorite part of fashion.
But perhaps that’s one reason for the fad – the wish for permanence among a generation for whom the world seems built on sand.
That last woman is intensely beautiful, green eyes and dark hair – what a haunting combination. The colourful tattoo just gives a cool, modern and very powerful edge to a confident person, in my opinion.
I am so thrilled that the world holds all these different expressions of beauty. I am stunned, honestly. You certainly have reenchanted my imagination.
What’s with the high heels with short shorts? I think it looks silly. Flats, High top sneakers, sandals, or even flip flops would have looked both more proportional and more sane. Who wears high heels to be with horses?
Amen Ea and M! I live in Austin and never feel odd around town with my tattoos. Traveling last week, I felt some serious staring in, of all places, NYC. That place is turning into a Disney-fied wonderland w/ out the color! I’ve gotten the stares of pity, disgust, etc. all over the place though, and I like to consider myself pretty attractive. It’s amazing how many of those who have problems with tattoos have no problem displaying their buttcracks, thongs, and huge guts around us. (Check yourselves people! Tattoos are creativity in action. They are beautiful and it takes guts to sit there for hours and “suffer” for your beauty)
Where in NY are you people getting negative looks/comments on your tattoos? Times-Tourist-Square? Anyway, I love this woman’s tattoo because it’s obvious it’s a very personal design for her. I loooove the plaid hat too! great pics all around.
It seems to me that the people who tend to make negative comments towards tattoos are reflecting an some regret or insecurity they are masking thus projecting. Tattoos can be cliche and can also be a beautiful accent to ones personality and style. If one chooses to get a Tweety Bird holding up the middle finger, then they might feel later on that wasnt the best option. However, not everyone who has a tattoo and is interested in tattoos is like that. They can be very complimentary and add a wonderful sense of intrigue and class to the bearer regardless of age. I could care what moronic hairstyle you had in high school because you had chosen to follow trends. Tattoos are still kind of trendy, but like anything else that becomes trendy it can not be written off as a passing fancy because of the vogue-ness of it now. Not everyone might be as desperate as you are to run out and cash in on the latest hit look. It has it roots and deserved respect. As far as the opinions of some you, I suggest you not be insulting as Im sure I might find your choice of clothing, shoes, friends etc repulsive and offensive in my way. To each his own.
Funny, but no one mentioned that the beautiful woman with the stunning tattoo is wearing a black dress (top?) — and that the tattoo on her arm is a drawing of a beautiful woman wearing a very similar black dress. Making the semiotics of the whole thing considerably more potent.
As to the pros and cons of tattooing — yes, tattoos have an ancient history as a form of human decoration, but until relatively recently all that was tribal and intended to be a lifelong mark of belonging. The possibility of regret didn’t even exist in such an environment, as nothing would change — the idea was to look as much like a parent or grandparent as possible.
Today, a tattoo may well be a mark of belonging to a sub-culture, but most people wearing them want to look as little like their parents as possible. Given the rebellious undertone to all that, there is no doubt a frisson of pleasure in any disapproval.
However, since the only constant in the world we live in is change, I think it is perfectly valid to say, yes, the tattoo is beautiful, and yes, you may very well regret it.
The person who mentioned something about the “wish for permanence” is on to something, but the truth of the matter is the dermatologists are very busy removing tattoos at great cost to those who regret them. And as to concept of commitment? The divorce lawyers are very busy too.
To say its about subculture its ridiculous as it very apparent subculture does not exist these days. With modern technology and the sped of information/ideas, subculture does not have the needed time to brew. As someone with a prominent tattoo, I was not drawn to getting it because of subculture desires. I decided on it as a personal commemoration and fulfillment. I also prefer to not have to explain it and the tale behind it to others. Even as a kid I was drawn to the tattood folks. I feel that its splitting hairs as one is perfectly accepting of pierced ears. They are common place today. Yet, honestly it is basically adding holes into your body and causing permament droopage. Many old folks with sagging lobes are about from wearing earrings. Yet has anyone mentioned that? Lets not even discuss the eyebrow removal trends. Would you say someone with earrings is trendy or trying to gain subculture status? Im fine with one not liking tattoos, but one cant dismiss it entirely as a future regret because they just dont care for it.