I am European and therefore not that familiar with different origins of the States but she has something latin-american in her eyes? Or am I mistaken and see things which are not there? :)
Years ago I would have looked away and thought “What were they thinking?”; however age and a more open mind have allowed me to look at tattoos with awe and appreciation. They are truly an extension of someone’s spirit and attitude, just like the clothing we all choose to wear. Love her quiet confidence – Beautiful!
Beautiful photo of a beautiful woman! She looks wonderfully cool, confident, and comfortable with herself. Were I her age, I’d love to look like that–don’t know if I’d have the guts to get a full sleeve or go makeup-free, but I’d want to.
I do still wear very similar outfits (I’d add a heavy-buckled belt) as my summer uniform, though. I now feel all cool and stuff. :)
being this photo is of myself, I would like to take the opportunity to reply to the negative comments; TO EACH THEIR OWN. If everyone looked exactly the same, there would be nothing worth looking at. when I’m old and wrinkled and have a motorcycle, the focus will be on me and how much I’m not bothered by poor judgement. again, judging a book by to cover, sad way to live.
helen, you look lovely in this photo. the sartorialist has captured you so beautifully – the light, the look on your face, the lean of your body, your hands. i enjoy the face tattoo on your upper left bicep – the eyes and lips reminiscent of your own. i don’t have tattoos, and what i would do on my own body is irrelevant to how great this photo is. what i DO envy is the relaxed way you appear in front of the camera – i always freeze up and end up looking so unnatural! kudos to you, for being so graceful in the public eye. :)
Helen, I see very few negative comments about your tattoos. The majority of the commenters have been very complementary – and rightfully so, you are lovely. Who cares if not everyone loves everything about us all the time.
I think this photo is beautiful, and a make-up free face is the most beautiful of all these days. Are you a designer, as one of the previous comments said? Can you post a link to your work? Would be interested to see further aesthetic considerations of yours. Em
I respect the fact you choose not to add on another “face” by going make-up free and yet the ink counters that expression of “judging a book by its cover”; the ink indeed invites a judgement as evidenced by the adjectives used by several commenters to ascribe toughness with you – sorry if that’s not what you desired. Your need to defend your choice belies a sensitivity to that choice – oh well.
Funny how tattoos seem to equal “tough” in people’s minds. I have several large tattoos, and I am far from “tough.” I like that she’s wearing a very simple watch–means she doesn’t need to look at her smartphone every 3 minutes! Nice. I too think the no-makeup is a lovely contrast to her decorated skin–and ear plug.
She is really beautiful. However, the majority of girls and guys in my city (Seattle) have full-sleeve tattoos, so that they seem more like a uniform than not having any. It seems that they are losing their edge.
Yes, another woman with a great deal of large and very visible tattoos feels the need to add to the discussion…
I am not sure why tattoos invite so much criticism of the bearer’s choice to have them…and if my memory serves, it’s mostly the women with tattoos that get the negative comments…I have read this blog for many years…probably since the very very beginning when there would only be like 12 comments…and they were insightful, thoughtful and above all, RESPECTFUL…I remember the very sad day when Scott actually took down a photo of a woman because the comments were so rude…
Saying that someone’s shoes are not your thing or thinking a better choice of jacket is very different than some of the angry and downright rude comments…the fact that people are saying that we will all be ugly, old and wrinkled and regretting our choices is just not necessary…I can speak for myself and many of my fellow tattooed folks in saying that we were all very aware that tattoos are permanent and that skin ages before we sat down and had even one drop of ink done…it’s not like we will arrive at our 60′s and be like “hey, what the hell happened?!”(that’s actually something many people do and not even about tattoos)…I am over 40 and have had some of my largest pieces done in my 40′s…beauty is not just tight smooth unblemished skin on a 22 year old…
Helen, you are gorgeous and that photo is perfection…the opposing faces of yours and the mermaid is a lovely moment captured…
She is goergeous with or without tattoos whatever makes her happy , I can appreciate toatoos as a form of art and selfexpression , however we can express ourselves without having to wear a tatoo everyday. Beautiful picture !
This is just a great photo all around. The lighting and composition are strong, and the subject is caught in an interesting moment. Her expression, her relaxed demeanor, and the gesture of her hands all describe a particular individual engaged in a particular present. It’s the sort of photo that starts an imaginary narrative for the viewer.
Since I’m not about to get tattoos, I’d scour the planet and Uranus to get some a mesh fabric with a tattoo print. It’s out there, and very cool. You get the temporary look without the pain and the $$$. Besides, a top with tattoo mesh fabric sleeves would be such a great conversation piece, don’t you think?
I’m surprised no one mentioned the ear stretchers. Tattoos are so pervasive that it seems more people in their 20s & 30s (at least in U.S. cities) have them than don’t. My entire pilates class full of suburban young moms is totally inked up. They certainly aren’t shocking or a symbol of alternativeness anymore, are they?
Ear stretchers, though, are less common (though they are pretty trendy in my city, as well), and they present a much more hardcore, alternative image, in my opinion.
I actually thought the were ear stretchers at first too, which I always find fascinating. On closer look though, these appear to just be large black earrings. Stunning shot. I have to learn how to capture light like that.
THIS is a beautiful woman! and I don’t say it very often. I love the light in the picture, her all black outfit and her tattoos and her hair, but most of all I just love that she does not wear any make up ( or so it seems ) and that is a huge sign of a confident woman I think, someone who is so at home in her skin, and really carries her beauty. Nothing wrong with makeup, of course not. I am just a HUGE admirer of beautiful women with no makeup on. Thanks for this picture. This is absolutely one of my favorites ever.