I love how you have an eye to catch all thing beautiful. I have to say I LOVE when girls rock tattoos, but still have such a feminine way about them. Then she goes and glams it up with the Ray-Bans. LOVE!
Then I guess they are my issues, too!
I’m torn–tats are, um, interesting, and it doesn’t matter what I think because they mean something to HER…..but she is obviously beautiful, and I think would be more so without the tats, IMHO. Whenever I see tattoos I automatically assume the person is low class (and yes, even people with money can be low class). Just not my cup of tea.
People with tattoos=low class?
People with no tattoos= what? no low class? rich? refined?
This is the most unidimensional thought I’ve ever heard. Ink determinism?
“And yes, even people with money can be low class”, god… Please, explain to me class distinctions in the U.S….I’m foreign.
People with tattoos=low class?
People with no tattoos= what? no low class? rich? refined?
This is the most unidimensional thought I’ve ever heard. Ink determinism?
“And yes, even people with money can be low class”, god… Please, explain to me class distinctions (and tattoos impact in that matter) in the U.S….I’m foreign.
Whenever I see someone young covered in the same style tattoos it makes me think they ran out and got them all at once to jump on the hipster tattoo band wagon. That’s always a shame to see. But when I see someone older who has accumulated theirs, then I’m much more appreciative of them.
It’s a beachy, casual, California relaxed look, shot in New York. The simplicity of her outfit totally offsets her beautiful tattoos (I hope I won’t have to read the predictable and boring negative comments on tattoos).
explain to me please how this lovely 20ish girl’s tat’s tell the story of a life. She hasn’t had time to live a life. I see an octopus tentacle, a sailing ship, an angel. This is bogus. What’s her story? 20, 000 Leagues under the sea?
We can’t explain her story to you. Only she can do that. And how do you know she hasn’t worked out who she is? Trust me, age has nothing to do with that quest. Some people are born knowing themselves, and some people don’t know at 60yrs of age. Your projecting your own fears on to this girl is kind of childish, actually. She isn’t afraid to take a stand, aesthetically.
…said the person who is in their 20s. I’m in my 40s and have yet to meet anyone my age who says they really knew themselves at 20.
I actually find some tattoos quite beautiful, but I can’t imagine anything – no story, no style, no trend, no piece of art that would fit me for my entire life. It negates change and evolution. I agree – this is a trend. Someday soon someone will perfect impermanent tattoos and all the ladies who swore they would love that starfish forever will indeed rue the day.
Such wisdom, James. I had no idea you have met everyone of every age. I am can tell you this; There are plenty of things that I knew were things I could love forever as soon as I saw them. For her its the sea. For me its other things. Sad that you think permanence is to be avoided. Maybe thats what is wrong with the world today. Loyalty of a permanent sort is seen as a mistake, and shopping around for something better is the order of the day.
Hi there, I’m one of the people who posted a negative comment about tattoos. It’s not that I don’t like them, I’ve nearly had one so many times. I used to work in a college and what disturbed me was the number of students, it has to be said, at the time, mostly girls, who would have a fifteen pound (about 20 dollars) tattoo done during the lunch break without really giving it much thought. As I wrote in my comment above, once it’s there you’re stuck with it. It’s fashion that can’t be changed. The laser treatments that supposedly remove tats leave a mark like an acid burn, not a good look.
I don’t know what your college experience has to do with any of the woman featured here. You know nothing about them and have no powers to predict how they will feel about them whatever many years from now. Please don’t pretend you have any insight.
Hello again. The insight I have is that many of those students I taught twenty years ago now regret bitterly having had their tattoos, especially the women. I’m not culturally conservative, I’ve been an artist for thirty three years, worked in an art college for sixteen, in my youth I was a punk, pointed at and laughed at for what I wore. I think tattoos look great but I do know from direct experience of other people I know well that many people when they are older wish with all their hearts that they had not had their tattoos. Without doubt there as many who still love their tattoos and that’s great. Obviously the vast majority of us who look at The Sartorialist cannot know the individuals in the photographs and what’s going on in their heads. My point was that it’s a hell of a thing to do to yourself if you haven’t really worked out who you are yet, again I come back to the permanence issue, it’s something you can’t undo. As far as the insight goes my own experience tells me that in twenty years time there’s a 50 per cent chance that the girl in this photo will really regret having her tattoos. And yes, she looks great now and probably loves them but everybody changes the way they feel about themselves over time. Just think about clothes rather than tattoos. How many of us in our fifties would want to be wearing what we wore thirty years ago? It’s not a good prospect!
I actually do still wear items of clothing that I had 30 years ago (I’m nigh unto 50). I knew what my personal, essential style was when I was a teenager, and it hasn’t changed. So if this young woman made her decisions about her ink having considered who she is and what her most basic style is (and I don’t think one gets this much ink without a goodly amount of thought), I’m pretty darn sure she won’t regret them.
…I can sense that you are a kindly woman who means well and no disrespect to this lovely lady who is rocking her look right now because she has “youth and vitality” stamped all over her.
I share your views on tats, btw. As someone who has had good gams until the appearance of thread veins recently, my views are informed by my personal predicament….but I could not help but wonder if someone who actually chose to ink herself would feel the same sense of loss over her erstwhile uniform expanse of skin…
I agree with chat 100%. It IS hell of a thing to do to yourself if you havenâ€™t really worked out who you are yet.
So what? Lots of people do stupid things of significance that you cannot undo, like marry, have kids, whatever.
The whole point of a tattoo is its permanence. It’s a big deal to get a tattoo. Those who do so commit to it, and I admire that.
Thankyou LIZPR! the whole point of tatts is their permanence, they aren’t fashion, they become part of your identity. I’ve got one tattoo on my upper arm, I’ve had for about 20 years and I have never regretted. And too bad if I do, it’s done.
Yeah, I agree with you, Chat. This young lady is super sexy and I’m sure she knows it. People are so basic and easy to understand. Of course we can’t know for certain what internally motivates and individual to act, but armed with basic primal human instinct we can made some pretty accurate guesses. These tattoos put her in her prime *right now*, based on the current beauty standard among the young generation. Those of us who are much older already know that some of these choices we do come to regret later, and that is simply a fact. how this lady will change–no one can say. Our negative comments about her choices aren’t personal–they are general…regarding life in general, ruminating on our own pasts and choices. …And I have to laugh at the comment about tats being “the story of a life” because this woman can’t even be close to thirty yet.
The way we present ourselves is a window for all. We show what we want others to assume about us. Are we edgy?, are we creative?, are we rich?, are we demure?, are we conservative? Are we scholarly?…etc. She is telling me that she is “cool” and her friends are all probably cool and that their idea of fun is some pretty hard partying–none of which is my scene. That is my prejudice. Guilty, as charged…and I don’t care because I used to be young and I used to be politically correct, but now I’m not so young and most of the stereotypes I’ve encountered have turned out to be totally accurate, much to my own chagrin.
So, yeah…this photo is a great shot because it is so colorful and she is very beautiful….and yes, it opens up the floor to a discussion about tattoos and judgement, for sure. But the photo and our views on tattoos are not mutually exclusive.
Obviously, the art is the story of her life …. UP UNTIL THIS POINT.
Cool? Party animal? Really? Do you assume she rides motorcycles, sells drugs, and robs liquor stores?
Obviously, how we present ourselves will cause reaction in others, but your views on tattoos are quite outdated. At least you seem aware of that.
Tattoos are gutsy because of their very permanence. That doesn’t mean to avoid getting them means you live in fear. So MY prejudice when I see an inked person is – they take risks, they can commit, and confront their fears on a certain level.
Lasering a tattoo will NOT leave an “acid burn”-like mark. Stuck in the past much? What’s next, are you going to say that tattoo ink is toxic? Is there chemtrails in tattoo ink? Do you have other funny conspiracy theories Chat?
For those who have mere periphery experience with tattoos, I’d like to point out that the work in question was clearly done for a great deal more than 20$ USD per tattoo. She dons very fine American Traditional work in a locale
known for said style. Not only are they pristinely executed, but true to the history of the area. When bashing “tats” as a whole, one must acknowledge the striking difference between a “15$ lunchtime whim” and a throughly planned and executed body of work.
She reminds me of Angelina 15 years ago- those lips and eyebrows among other features. Not to diminsh her very unique style. I wonder if she is an East coaster not only because she is in NY, but also the style of tattoos.
Didn’t realize grandma and grandpa commented on streetstyle blogs. Nobody gives a shit about your obsolete view on tattoos. Yes, people are aware that tattoos are almost permanent. Lasers do exist. You can always do something else on top of it. Get jiggy wit it. Do you also say when you’ve found something lost that it was in the last place you looked? If you have an opinion about someone else’s tattoos, body figure, stretch marks, acne scar or whatever it might beâ€¦ keep it to yourself and then ask yourself why you’re such an idiot. Then proceed to educate yourself and for example watch: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1040007/
There are tons of grandmas and grandpas (who, the horror, were once as young as this younh lady) who think people can wear whatever they please and do so themselves .
That’s exactly the great thing about tattoos, they’re optional. So calm down because no one’s telling you not to get them anywhere you want.
When people express their doubts it has so much more to do with them than with the subject they criticise. Most people who say: “She’ll regret it” mean “I would regret it”.
On the other hand I understand why tattoos can be so controversial , they’re permanent. But fashion isn’t, it changes. So, if you get tattooed purely for fashion, there’s a chance you’ll regret it.
For me tattoos are a lifetime commitment and I love that if you choose them thoughfully, you can “etch” feelings, rites of passage, love and hate and so many other things on yourself and wear them proudly.
That said, I don’t have a single one and I don’t think I’ll ever get one. But I’d never, ever, erase one of the many scars that adorn me since each one reminds me of the good and the bad.
Hey, I am an English grandmother with tats – horrors. This ‘jeez’ ‘dig’ and ‘wits’ takes me right back to my youth as does the fond memory of my lovely tattoo which I still ‘lurve’ and find ‘groovy’ to this day. (with irony). With age comes acceptance – pause for thought kids!
Thank you, J. for your eloquent response. I’ll be sure to watch out for you when you try to apply for work at my corporation. This is the problem with you kids these days. Full of piss and vinegar and no real substance. I’m certain that if you can pull yourself out of bed in the morning without being too hungover, you will make a solid addition to the work-service industry. Somebody’s got to fetch my coffee, after all.
Your “obsolete” ageist attitude might get in the way, however, being how there are more of use than there are of you—and we have most of the money for fashion…and our Starbucks, of course. Maybe you should go back to school. YouTube doesn’t count as university, last time I checked.
This made me laugh Trinity. The comment by J was rude, out and out. I’m in my 30′s and have always despised ageist comments. I didn’t fit with my generation. I don’t watch TV, play video games or drink myself stupid to brag about it the next day on my blog. I guess I must be a Grandma too even though I’m child free by choice. I read, continously learn, create art, collect art, enjoy fashion whatever the age and enjoy learning from those who have more life experience than me. You sound like an interesting person.
Just because someone comments negatively on streetstyle blogs does not necessarily mean that they are ‘grandma and/or granpa’. I am 76 have tattoos and do comment on blogs. I have several blogs of my own but not on fashion. Since many of the comments dealt with ‘how do you know that she will rue the day…’ I counter with ‘how do you know the age of the person that you are so eloquently rag on?’ and seriously ‘get jiggy wit it’ how dated is that?
Love those jeans! There are few items of clothing better than a pair of old-school, honestly faded jeans that don’t fit like shrink-wrap. Digging the tension between the delicate eyelet top and the ink, too.
J. While you are putting another comment down, you insulted those of us who are
grandmothers who read street style blogs. You should get wit it. We may be older,
but WE ARE NOT OBSOLETE. How about some respect? Everyone is entitled to their
opinion. Don’t be so obnoxious in defending your right to your opinion.
She’s pretty rock n’ roll and confident! I’d never get a tattoo myself as I change my mind every 15 minutes (sometimes quite literally) on things like that but I like looking at them on other people. It’s a real art to get them right. I like to hear the stories from the people who have them about what their art means to them.
she looks so fresh! & i love the reflection in her glasses.
i love the quote “the difference between a tattooed person and a non-tattooed person is a tattooed person will not judge a person for not having tattoos.”
of course, this is generally speaking & there are exceptions. i love it when someone is heavily tattooed & another person asserts that they will “regret” it. as if a person adorned their whole body with tattoos on a whim. it actually takes some time to collect tattoos, thus the decision is not usually so hastily made. people will always judge what they do not understand.
Yes, so TRUE. I have never been judged for being tattoo-less!
I have so enjoyed this discussion, Scott. The whole generation/tattoo thing is just fascinating. Nothing shocked us middle-agers more about 10-15 years ago and that feeling lingers. But we all make choices, live our own lives and no-one can ever tell how we will feel about them in the future. So many people under 35 have tattoos now that they will have an entirely new meaning in 20 years time. Tattoos could become a marker of middle age, not having a tattoo a form if rebellion for teenagers to come, in fact, my cousin’s kids who ate late-teens already feel this way. And maybe tattooed people won’t care less. Tattoos are so distinctive of this lady’s generation – at least in the UK – and I’m glad Scott is recording them.
I’m interested by the way her ink changes how clothed she appears to be. Her eyelet top does not provide a lot of coverage, but we don’t read her as underdressed or vulnerable because of that really wonderfully done nautical sleeve that covers her right arm from the shoulder all the way to the wrist.
Left arm tattoos are ok whereas right arm ones are not, in my point of view. Right arm tattoos changed the arm’s proportions and perspective, at least at the elbow and at the wrist. Don’t you agree? I am not sure if that occurs only on this pose or point of view; in any case, the composition of the right arm with the body, air, and background, the chiaroscuro is impairing her image. Otherwise she is a very beautiful girl who has the good idea of wearing few clothes in order to show the baroque accessories of her skin
I often find it amusing the way people with tattoos come off as so self righteous with their opinions, often sounding discriminatory then the person who had an opinion in the first place. ‘Obsolete?? it’s an opinion. What gives you the right to judge it as obsolete. Of course this girl made a conscious decision to have done what she did at this time in her life, but as she looks all of 20 years old, I don’t know how YOU can tell what she might think in 10, 20 or 30 years time. In my experience (and I’m in my 50′s) what you think is a good idea at 20, you can think is not such a good idea at 30. (excuse spelling/grammar). just sayin.
Funny how people break out their Summer clothes the second it goes above 60. I feel like I’m the only one who has to be out in the morning and evening while everyone dresses for the 3 seconds of 70-degree weather at 1PM.
Too many comments on tattoos as a cultural signifier and not enough streetstyle related posts.
I love the elegance and casualness of the photograph. The juxtopositioning of the colourful tattoos and the clean, simplicity of her outfit.
The way she is clutching her bag underneath her arm, while drinking a cold beverage portrays the essence of Spring perfectly.
That’s what I love the most about your photography Scott! It portrays something universal and yet personal at the same time.
The shot is perfectly balanced. I love the fact that the sun is highlighting the left side of the picture, causing it to highlight her lovely blonde hair.
I too take pictures… And it’s these details that make me strive for excellence.
Btw. When are you publishing your next book? I need this photograph!
What a gorgeous catch, well done! I adore her tattoos. Then again, I live in Austin where tattoos are more common than not! Not everyone can pull off those sleeves and that outfit, but she does. Effortlessly.
There is something timeless about this photo. I like the red brick buildings with the sun on them in the background, and the feeling of spring and hope with this fresh young girl enjoying this change of season.
The eyelit top looks vintage, almost homemade and so comfortable.
I’m thinking the tattoo culture is very interesting; as if each one signifies a memory, a hope, a sort of diary. But that is just conjecture. Its her skin to do with what she wants and she looks completely at ease and comfortable with herself.
She successfully destroys the preppy construct. She is preppy pretty with Ray Ban Clubman sunnies and preppy jeans and then she does her own sexy thing with the ink and still manages to look both sweet and edgy.
interesting but not surprising that liking or disliking tattoos seems to fall under the umbrella of political correctness. Some of the comments accuse people who dislike them of being too old or too intolerant to have the right to comment. This is about style, not morality. The girl is beautiful. Her skin is beautiful. Why hide it? the first thing we notice about her is her tattoos and then we see that she’s beautiful.
Response for Anon- Women are not decorative objects, here to look good for you. Examine your prejudice.?
What on earth are you talking about? Are woman here to look ugly for men, woman, for themselves? and vice-versa? I should hope woman would want to be attractive for their preferred sexual preference. And we all have different likes as far as tattoos are concerned. Do you have a problem with attracting others?
Ok. Bring it on. I’m 50. I’m pretty with it and I would have probably got a tat if I was 20 today. But, this is a decision she has to put up with for life. Maybe in 10 years, or 5 years or even 6 months she will no longer be into sailing ships, kraken or angels. Most of these seemingly strong, politically correct comments above are from young people who are going through their “I’m immortal” phase. Reason it away if you like, but you are going to get older, the tats are going to sag – think of your grandmom or your great-aunt and what their chests and upper arms look like now. It looks as if she’s messed up a pretty nice blank canvas. But I suppose there will be so many tattooed grannies there will be a support group when your “rebel angels” are hanging like flags in the wind.
Haha… the picture you paint is hilarious but true – we all face the pull of gravity and a lifetime of use sooner or later. It really comes down to how well one takes care of herself or himself, and more importantly how content one is in life, no matter the stage. I agree with your take on her ink but if she maintains a healthy perspective, she’ll most likely wave her “flags” without a care in the world… that’s what I wish upon her.
Dear clever pup, hi, I’m Rose, the woman in the photo. You seem very passionate/opinionated about my skin, and I just want to let you know that my tattoos have infinite importance/meaning to me and my family and are deeply appreciated and respected by the people who fill my life with purpose, passion and love. I hope you live a life filled with joy and adventure and without regret, as I do mine.
Well the good news is that the people who don’t like tattoo’s don’t have to worry about whether she will regret her decision when she’s older. It’s her life, why even bother to comment on it? You won’t see her when she’s 50. If she does regret it, what would you like, a medal for being “right”? By the way, many people with tattoo’s have professional well paying careers. I’m a nurse and many of us have tattoo’s yet we still manage to have the brain power to complete all the training we need to help save lives. By the way, great picture.
lol jane so true!! Brings me to my version of beauty , I love that which is created, not all are blessed with the physical aspects so desired by many . I just adore the ppl that can create personality through clothing, makeup whatever. Being naturally conservative I find diversity and beauty in many forms as attractive. Time on my hands … Love people watching in the middle of a big city. The unblended stand out, and with that beauty ,perhaps a story? It’s great to have time to absorb it all when u can !
A lot of buzz about tattooing once again! Personally I don’t judge tattooing as bad or good per se but for me it’s more important the tattoo itself as a design and the person who has it. I mean that by a tattoo you can understand many things about a person’s aesthetic and that’s why for me it’s really important to pick a good, talented artist for this job. In 20 years from now there will be many people in their 40s with tattoo sleeves and only in a few of them they will still look good and “natural” and that is a little sad.
She is beautiful, but she is signing away the true map of her experience, the flesh, the canvas that we expose to the elements and to our experience, something natural that we make speak through our growth and work. The youth of my generation are not engaging in tattoos as an art form, but rather are conforming to a generation that is unhappy or unaware how to bring meaning to our bodies. Tattoos are everywhere now, on almost everyone under 25. I am surrounded by artwork that is all the same, traditional all american tattoo flash, that has exploded in the last 5 years. It’s all over, I don’t want to be in this gallery, it’s homogeny, I want to see humanity and all it’s complexities. I want to see people taking real risks in how they present themselves and interact with one another, a tattoo is now like what a yuppie does to relate to his image of the counterculture lifestyle. And it all goes up real fast, people get there bodies filled up within a year. The flesh is usually something you grow into, but tattoos will give you a time stamp, there is little respect for the ancient build of our bodies. And when people try to express themselves through tattoos they are not being fresh and adaptive with culture, they are trying to express themselves with a very limited lexicon.
I know this woman personally and I want everyone here to know that not only is she gorgeous (obviously – check the photographic evidence) she’s also incredibly smart, a great conversationalist, witty and super fun to be around! Also her tattoos are AWESOME. All the idiotic comments about how people with tattoos are “low class” and “boy is she gonna regret those when she grows up” are just that – idiotic. Haven’t you people heard the sage words of wisdom to never judge a person by the color of (or in this case ON) their skin? Come on folks!
The woman is my best friend, I am having a parrrtyyyyy reading all these comments.
Both humans in defence and against the whole tattoo argument have valid points in which she’s well aware of. Some do this, some do that. It is what it is folks.