Increddible. I adore the entire adrogenous concept within these two looks; it thrives such modernity and wholesome understatement, however yet still maintaining and provoking edgy, urban, cool, as above all; elegent. Perfect.
If flappers wore tattoos this is what they’d have looked like!
Believe it or not I’ve already scene the stocking seams! The lady in my photograph (and I don’t pretend to even begin to touch your ability Scott – I just happened to spot her while we were digging through a rack at the Rose Bowl!) had tiny eight point stars in gradating sizes running up her legs – amazing!
Stuff like this always makes me feel like I’m at a cocktail party where everyone is having fun but me. Most of the time, tattoos just strike me as a screech for attention and have nothing to do with either fashion or style. I have a lot of other invitations — I’ve tried, but I think I’ll leave this party.
I’ve said this before, but I guess the “regret of the tattoo” thing will hit this generation as they age. It’s just so uncreative. Cultures exist that have temporary methods for decorating the body. The use of henna in the Middle East, and the Omo people, are two examples.
Who wants to wear the same thing every single day for the rest of her life?
I guess that tattoos are here to stay, whether we like them or not. They have gone beyond a fad and are now a way of accessorizing. Whether it’s done well or not, another story. I liked the tattoo of the man in the striped pants, picture following, but not so much these ones. Depth of color, clarity of design, maybe.
Wow! I love these brazilian sisters! The left one is Marina Dias, who worked as an international model some years ago. Nowadays, I believe, she and her sister, Eliana Dias, play together as a dj duo, called Dias de FĂşria. Both of them are very influential in the brazilian fashion scene, and we really miss them now, that they are living in NY. xxx
There needs to be a way to get long-term temporary tattoos. These women look amazing with ink, but it will not look good later in life. They might want ink later in life, but probbaly something different.
As a man, I find sleeves to be very attractive, but in a fashionable sense. I am not sure how I would feel about my 60 year old wife having a sleeve.
This is why beards are great. They can be fashionable and take commitment, but can be shaved if need be.
Excellent shot! I’m not a huge fan of tattoos, but I like the idea that they are unabashedly displaying them. So often we judge people for how they portray themselves, but there is something respectable about individuals who are willing to portray themselves in a certain way permanently. Tattoos aren’t as easily changeable as clothes.
Superb! Everything is perfect! the silhouettes, the posture of this fabulous women, the art on their bodies…you capture the moment, the magic minute that not anyone can do it…..you are the best of the best……thank you than you are on the streets…good job as always!
Wow- I’m as fascinated by the polarised comments as I am with the photo. These girls are rockin’ their look, period, and I am very intrigued by the stocking seam tattoo – never seen that before.
Re: the comment that tatts are a “screech” for attention – that could well be. There is an aspect of bragging rights when you survive a tattoo. They’re also very symbolic and a deeply personal reason often motivates getting it done. When you heal from a fresh tattoo, let me tell you, you’re also healing from other things, too.
This photo is by far one of my all time favourites… I love tatoos on girls. I got my first one when I was 30; not a drunken 18 year old mistake. I love each and everyone of my tatoos; like a scar, they represent something or someone special in my life.
While I think the photo is arresting, I’m not a fan of people turning their bodies into sketchpads, especially at such a young age. Think back to those things you thought were cool 10 years ago…how many of those would you want permanently on your body?
It’s interesting to see how polarized the comments are about their tattoos… I personally am not such a fan of the look of the stocking seam tattoos, although I think it’s an interesting concept. I do, however, love the flowers on the other girl’s arms. I normally don’t like sleeve tattoos, but these seem almost more of a literal interpretation of a sleeve, which is very interesting.
Wow!! Just so classy and edgy at the same time! Just beautifull!
Now, I’m always astonished at people who are tattoo intolerant, the way some people express their dislike on some things just reveals they have serious tolerance issues regarding accepting others individuality. There’s also good and bad taste in the way you express your opinion or approval. That’s just me, and I don’t have tattoos.
Today, I look at the parts of my body I like the most and love them. I look at the parts of my body I hate the most and learn to love them as well. I look at my scars and love them because they are who I was, and I would not be the person I am today without them. I look at my tattoos and love them because they are part of who I am today.
When I get old, I’ll look at the wrinkles on my face and learn to love them. I’ll look at my graying hair and learn to love it. I’ll look at my sagging skin and learn to love it. I’ll look at the tattoos I got at different times in my life and love them as well.
It’s not about skin, age and regret, and it’s not about the people who see me and wonder what I will look like at 65, either. It’s about learning to love myself, to love who I am, to love who I was and to love each one of my choices.
Absolutely beautiful. Their ink is great, and it’s set off beautifully by their unfussy, perfectly proportioned hair and clothing. The combination of the racerback tank and sleeves on the girl on the right is particularly fabulous.
To those who fuss about how tattoos will look as people age: My tattoo is a form of self-expression. I chose it carefully, had it done when I was in my 30s, and, 8 years later, still love it. It may not look perfectly crisp and clear when I’m 64… but, hell, neither will I. And that’s ok. I’d much rather be an old woman with a slightly time-ravaged tattoo than an old woman who hadn’t had the happiness that lovely ink brought.
i love this photo! really beautifully done.
@steve: your comment about tattoos is very interesting. people with tattoos do not get them for you; they get them for themselves. just as i look at my wedding ring and am reminded of my committment and love, people with tattoos look at these “wounds” (your word, not mine) and are reminded of something meaningful to them. not all tattoos are the equivilant of something as significant as being molested, as you suggest. many are tattooed because they are simply pretty or unique – to the person, not to the observer.
This photo shows a risky, rebellious and daring behavior and attitude between the two women. The black clothing and tattoos represent a dark nature which gives the women in the photo a dull color tone. It’s almost as if they have an “I Don’t Care” attitude toward the world, in which their personal style depicts boldness.
The girls wear the clothes that allows them to show off their tattoos to the world. The girl on the left even took the action of cutting her hair shorter to show off the dagger tattoo. They are making a statement by getting the tattoo and not wanting to keep it to themselves by showing it off.
The style of these two women make you interested to know a little more about them. Their tattoos and clothing make them seem edgy, yet the tattoo choices make them seem like they have a softer side too!
I really like this photo. The tattoos look beautiful on both women. I love the sleeves of the woman on the right. Her tattoos flow together and look like they were done by the same artist. A tattoo is a work of art because it delivers a narrative structure.
Back in the day I believe during WWII (not for sure) woman would draw la ine on their legs to make it seem as if they were wearing stockings because they could not afford them. I love how she got that inked on her legs!!!!
Oh, those tattoos! Knowing where to draw the lines (sic)…
If you let your eyes wax whimsical you could believe they are walking on air as it looks as though their feet are not touching the ground. Captured as they are, and as cavalier as they appear, that could be figuratively, literally, or both…
it’s so interesting to see how many people comment on these women’s/other people’s tattoos in general.. and how they’ll probably regret them later in life. While I’m not covered in ink, I have a few, and I firmly believe that you *can* age gracefully with tattoos. I think it’s got a lot to do with being comfortable with yourself. Just because it doesn’t work for everyone doesn’t make it a horrid decision across the board. These ladies will be rockin it even when they’re 60!
Tattoos have been found on the bodies of prehistoric men frozen in ice for centuries. They are not a fad; there is nothing new about them. As Katie commented above, tattoos aren’t for you, the viewer, they’re for the person who has them. The assumption that everyone who has tattoos will live to regret them is offensive. There are so many permanent and life- and appearance-altering decisions we make–to have children, to marry, to have cosmetic surgery to name a very few–yet no one questions them in such a judgmental and rude manner. As you can probably assume, I am a tattooed woman. I am in my 30s, I have a good job that pays well, I like my life. I’ve never once regretted my tattoos and I suspect I never will.
Everyone seems to be into the backseam, but for me, it’s the other girl on the right who I find more alluring. Muscular back and beautiful shoulders, the beautiful sleeves and the bare legs. I like tattoos that look coherent on a person, more than a hodge podge of different styles and themes.
The allure comes from not knowing what they look like.
Definitely one of my favourites. There should be a tattoo tag.
Oh, those tattoos! Knowing where to draw the lines (sic)â€¦
If you let your eyes wax whimsical you could believe they are walking on air as it looks as though their feet are not touching the ground. Captured as they are, and as cavalier as they appear, that could be figuratively, literally, or both
I believe this is what is referred to in the parlance of the photography trade as, “The Money Shot”.
I don’t particularly favor their style, but whether you like the subject/s, their look or not, this is about the greatness of the whole photo, the movement, the light, what it tells us about these times,this moment. It may not define you or me, but it is a powerful generational shot.
Think of any photo from an earlier generation that we collectively recognize that exquisitely tells us a story from that time. This is one of those shots
I think these two women are the epitome of style and for me a huge part of that is their tattoos- I absolutely love them! Not a single speck of the ink they’ve etched on their body looks out of place. Bravo to you Scott for representing style in a plethora of ways- I don’t necessarily like or understand the style of everyone featured by you on The Sartorialist but for me, the bottom line is that the people featured here are putting their internal self onto their external self for the world to see and they’re doing it well, hell they’re owning their looks and are totally at ease with themselves, which is why they’re shot.
I agree that tattoos are more common than ever and who knows if the next generation or the generation after that will keep it up- only time will tell. As others have commented, tattoos have been around since the dawn of time and to blatantly remark that anyone with tattoos will someday regret them is quite horrible and out of line. I find it fascinating and sad that a few people on here are so anti the tattoos of the two beautiful women photographed. Who are you to judge them or anyone with tattoos? There is no one size fits all for style, beauty, or fashion.
I look forward to your future posts Scott and the variety of people and styles you decide to share with us. Thank you for your great work.
What people who rail against tattoos do not seem to understand about tattoo culture is that part of the culture is to LET GO. “who gives a rat’s ass” is part of the culture. I made a decision. I will live with it. I can choose to live life regretting any number of my decisions- or not. I’ll go with not. After all, getting ink is such an unimportant decision compared with the ones that really matter.
Gorgeous shot. Speaking as a woman in her 40s with tattoos (some over 20 years old), I have never regretted this decision, and doubt I ever will. What I think some folks don’t understand is that many of us WANT to make a life commitment to the art. When I got my first ones, my life was rather chaotic, and I thought it would be wonderful to be grounded by this, to know that no matter what changed, this part of me would be consistent. At the time, I even knew that what I chose then might not be what I would choose twenty years down the line. But I was careful to choose things that were a real enough part of what I identified as my core that I knew I could always live with the decision. And I was right. It’s not always youthful impetuosity, and many of us are fully aware that we’ll have them forever. Sometimes it’s nice to make a decision you can’t back out of.
Gorgeous and so very sexy! Funny, I was just reading a book about girls in war time drawing seams on their legs because the shortage of stockings! What a very clever thing to reference. Tattoos, Chanel, great legs, and superb haircuts go together perfectly. The tattoos, just like their clothing look like they are very expensive, very tasteful, sophisticated and clean. Considering how much those cost, it would take more then twenty million silk stockings to even come close to that cost. Besides, they don’t look like pantyhose wearing types. There is no rebelliousness, or carelessness here at all. And a still beautiful, sophisticated older lady with a tattoos that tell the story of her past hip youthful lifestyle is someone all the RIGHT people will admire. And no one needs the uptight wrong people or their approval.
This photo is amazing and these girls look so modern and confident and sexy…what an amazing shot! Thank you for featuring another beautiful example of tattooed women!
As a woman who has a lot of my upper body covered in tattoos and very beautiful, well done ones, I get tired of the all the ignorant comments about tattoos…”you’ll regret it later when you grow up “…”who wants to wear the same thing for the rest of their life?”…”how will it look at 64?…”it will not look good later in life ‘… and my personal favorite “I threw up a little…” How closed minded these people all are!…you don’t have to like it, but throwing up?…
Many women find facial hair very offensive, regardless of if you can shave it or not…there are plenty of cultures that use scarification and implanting as forms of beauty…Bedouin women (also of The Middle Eastern women example) tattoo their faces and it looks amazing…you people should get out more…
I am 42…got yet another tattoo a few months ago and have another one scheduled for later this year and I have no plans to stop…they mean a great deal to me and to everyone I know who has them, so to dismiss them as a fad is done by someone who has no concept of modern culture…I have been getting them for 23 years and have not regretted any of them for even one second nor gotten tired of wearing them…
as far as aging, all skin ages and it is sad that aging skin is so looked down on… and then made even more of a problem by chastising aging permanent adornment…tattoos change as you age and deepen in meaning (the well done ones do and I am not talking about that Tweety Bird on your ankle you got on Spring Break in college)… and many of us feel those changes are just another facet in the life of them…
tattoos are surprisingly so divisive and it just smacks of ignorance to be so dismissive of them and the people who proudly wear them…
I’m reading _It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time_, Moira Hodgeson’s life & food memoir, and she mentions at some point that during the war women would draw stocking seams on their legs when nylons were hard to get. This reminded me of it a little. I wonder if it was a deliberate reference?
Maybe it’s living in Portland, but tats are everywhere here and I’d much rather see someone who can actually wear stockings with the seams straight! I love your photos, so inspiring in a town with no style what-so-ever!
You’er welcome! So kind of you to say so. Ones’ feelings about the impact of a great work of art, such as this photo is to us, are not necessarily easy to put into words. It took me a while. Thusly, your thoughtful comment is all the more appreciated;).
BTW, your bags and belts are sleek and elegant! My fav is Big Business.
@ David. Actually the Bible has another saying that you should care about. “Judge not lest ye be judged”. And “treat others as you would have them treat you”. Thats peraphrasing, sure, but that comes from JC in his own words. Maybe you should worry about how mean spirited you are more then if other people wear tattoos.
First of all, although it is interesting, the stocking seam tattoo is anything but original. There are plenty of women who have it, and an especially high concentration among burlesque dancers.
Second, there is nothing wrong with liking or disliking tattoos, but I would like to say this:
Most tattooed people when they reach the age of 60 (which is a common decade to use as an example for future regrets, apparently) will probably not be too find of showing off their body at that age anyway, and the tattoos won’t really matter.
First, I really loved bibliogrrl’s comments – like her, my tattoos symbolise certain things and their very permanence was part of the ritual of getting them done.
Re: Steve’s comments (cut/pasted below) I understand what he’s saying, but um, tattoos are not necessarily like saying, “Hi, I was molested as a kid”. It’s just a form of expression, and if someone DID get inked to symbolise overcoming something shitty in their past, I’d say getting inked is a pretty bold and artistic way of doing so.
I do not ink myself to “arouse pity”. I ink myself to pay homage to music, my parents, and wisdom. They are all on hidden parts of my body. I also don’t care about being 60 and inked; tattoos are so common now, all the other old ladies in the care home with me will be inked, too.
I love henna, would love to have it done, and think it’s beautiful. For temporary art.
August 25, 2011 at 3:01 pm
Nikki is right. Tattoos are much more permanent & revealing. Thatâ€™s precisely why I dislike them.
Itâ€™s like meeting someone & they instantly tell you they were molested as a child. I would admire their bold lack of shame & certainly wouldnâ€™t think less of them.
Still, I would suspect I was being manipulated. What better way to arouse pity than by showing off your wounds? A tattoo is just another wound.
Like Ceecee says, try henna. Iâ€™m amazed that it has yet to catch on in western nations. Thankfully I live near a large Hindu & Somali population where itâ€™s kind of a big deal.
You know, the other day I was getting one of the Disney castles tattooed on me and I was thinking to myself “This is going to be such an awesome and obvious way to get strangers to ask me about being molested as a child and allow me to cry about my parents divorce!” Since I absolutely love to talk about things that have never happened to me in my life and obviously Disney castles totally depict these non-existent wounds and hardships. Weep.
Here’s the thing about tattoos: you (probably not tattooed person who is more than likely envious/super sad that they never had the guts to do anything outside of the “norm” like the above pictured lovely ladies) may think that our tattoos will look like absolute crap when we’re in our 60′s, but the truth is that they at least look awesome now. Who you should really be pitying is yourself as, I hate to tell you this, ignorance is unattractive and vomitous at any age.
Their feet look almost lifted from the street! It’s a beautifully edgy shot.
btw, Scott, have you been getting feedback about the new page not showing up properly on the Mozilla Firefox browser? The home page is what seems to be the trouble; you might want to check it out? Just thought I’d give you a heads-up. :)
Coming from someone from a well-off family with two still very happily married parents, no childhood traumas (and is French, for those of you who believe this to be a benchmark for everything good-taste), and who has no tattoos (yet)…
I find all of these comments on how people will live to regret their tattoos deeply annoying. Everyone in this youth-obsessed world drives themselves crazy exercising, investing in “classic” pieces, spending money on expensive face creams, saving up to buy a better car and denying yourself spending the money on, say, things like a nice meal at the restaurant with friends… how many of these daily, normal activities would grind to a halt were we to shed the fiction of life’s stability ?
The truth is, I might not be around long enough to reap the benefits of said routines. I hope I will, but I don’t know – which is why I like tattoos. I like people who aren’t afraid to express themselves, who live their life in an uncomplicated manner, who listen to their gut feelings and stick with them, who chose to just enjoy life and more importantly, the present moment.
No, maybe their tattoos won’t look good when they’re old and wrinkled. But I’d much rather have the satisfaction of knowing that I lived according to my own rules and had the strenght of character to not be conventional and to listen to the whims of my heart, adorning my body with something beautiful and meaningful to me, than to live in regret and have an omnipresent curiosity nagging me for not having done anything at all.
Besides – if we do go with the idea that life is a straight, unswerving line – we’re all going to grow old sooner or later. Gray hair, sagging skin, wonky eyesight… I like the idea of having a few tattoos, almost as a story book for my grandchildren. Even if I look like an old hag with dodgy ink everywhere, I honestly don’t care ! I hope I’ll be too busy enjoying the winter of my life, which will have been lived to the fullest, to care about such trivial things.
Just go for it. I personally don’t care to sign away my present for an imaginary future.
I love tattoos in general though. When done “right” and not copycat tattoos it’s like a statement of who you are and sets you apart from someone else who does or doesn’t have tattoos. It means something to you and what you choose to get says something about you.
im always wondering why everybody is afraid of tatos getting older….?!?
i dont have a tato but i think what to bother when you are 75 the tato will not be the stretched anymore.. but what will be stretched… everything sags … i find it really interesting to see pritty old ladys with tatos its like they have history to tell… that are the grannys of the future!! it will always mater what you put on your self and how you wear it… like pina bausch said ;when i stand like this my tits sag jes they sag….. but like this i look fine… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrdwjIgakN0
i love this shot of this two girls and they wear it defently right!
it was a beautyful afternoon. we have been apart for four years. she is my baby sister. we were happy.
im 35 years old she is 28. we really couldnÂ´t care less about what people think when they see us. we are happy.
we do what we want to do when it pleases us and for that im sure we are to grow old feeling great about our life. we will be happy.
It’s amazing that such a commented picture is of a brazilian (like me) girl. I love The Sartorialist just because of his “unjudgeble” flavor. You can see ALL kind of person pictured here, and this is the astonishing pic of this blog/site. Scott show us just the beauty of being a human being, because all of his pictures are beautiful! And show us as beautiful as can we be, although our nature and personality. At first, I thought they were a lesbian couple, and look soooooooooo beautiful! I’m a straight woman who loves the gay world, and this picture were the positive statement I were waiting for them… But it’s ok that it’s not a lesbian couple. It could be, and it’s enough. Thank you, Scott for being such a great human being!
Its not cool to be so judgmental of those of us who have ink. Why make such a big deal of it? This pic captures what it is to be joyful and free on a beautiful summer day with someone you love. Why complicate that with negativity?
Wicked! These chicks are LIVING their art and aesthetic!!!! I have an 3 daughters, oldest is 11. I would love to point these girls out to her to show her two spunky women channelling their creativity NOW, as they feel it.