absolutely love, LOVE this photo. her tattoos. the different neckline. her androgonous features. the carrots on her dress. the dark background and the brightness of her outfit and the energy that is emitted through her face. love.
by the way scott, how come you always seem to be around people who are thin or at least have figures that can afford to wear short shorts/tight trousers/the latest fashion etc.? everytime i read your blog i feel iÂ´m in some sort of parallel universe where everything and everyone is pretty :)
In theory the combination of heavily tattooed flesh, black close-cropped hair/shoes and saccharine print sundress should be plain wrong… But there's something about the whole thing that kind of draws you in. The more I look at this photo and all it's fashion crimes, the more I love it. X
To be honest, I don't like the dress itself. But on her, juxtaposed against her elaborate tattoos, the contrast of the sharpness of her shoulders and the pale yellow roundness of the dress works nicely.
And it's humorous, too, certainly. Short hair and lots of tattooing aren't terribly feminine, but a long dress in the summertime certainly is. Again, contrasts.
It feels simultaneously as though she's completely dressed but also a bit naked. I like it.
This is the problem with tattoos – instant issues with colour coordination, and patterns not working together, and a general air of untidiness – though the tattoos look good with her nail polish. Haven't seen anyone with plaid tats yet – now that would be interesting.
I think her tattoos would look much better with block colours. She's got such a wonderful face – that slightly sardonic expression. Lucy
Reminds me a LOT of all your shots of burlesque dancers…very similar juxtaposition of styles: the tattooed, racy, fringes-of-society vibe; the greaser-era pinup girl hairstyle; and all topped off with some sort of ultra-feminine fashion statement. I don't exactly know if I LIKE this particular look, but I LOVE what she says with it.
Wow, what a photograph! I love her obviously vintage dress and her cotton Mary Jane's, used to have a pair just like them. She is bold for she is using her body as self expression, much like a dancer or actor would. Cute hair cut!
Wow, "raunchiest looking low life"? Some of the comments about tattoos blow my mind – the direct and indirect blows alike. I'm as heavily tattooed as this lovely young thing is, am a 28 year old female with a PhD and a very professional career in environmental engineering and natural resources management, and a fashionista on top of all that. Mostly I cover my tattoos because the objective isn't to engage other people all the time, and I realize it can be distracting (or one can encounter seriously judgemental people) in the workplace. Regardless, tattoos today for young eccentrics are very common. It's utterly absurd to call someone a low life for that, she is enjoying a whimsy-filled summer's day. Were she dressed in an impeccable suit, you'd be swooning over her grace and poise.
This is… so different than anything I've seen on this blog before. I love the pretty, youthful dress on a girl with tons of tattoos. It's definitely not something I'd expect to see this girl wearing, funny how this outfit is so different than the stereotypical tattooed woman.
Thank god you take these kind of photos—and publish them! I think it speaks to your own authentcity as much as the model's. This one almost makes me cry it's so … words fail. That's why it's such a great image. Wonderbar!
Hmmm.. apparently I am the only commenter who does not find this appealing. i feel like this is like having country french furniture in a frank lloyd wright home.. it doesn't contrast and compliment, it just conflicts. i love the dress, i like the shoes, her tattoos are fine, i like her sharp features and androgynous haircut, but all together it is lacking. even the shoes and dress without everything else are off-putting to me. I definitely give her props for making a strong statement and for clearly not subscribing to any one dimension, but i feel there are better ways to mix and match.
im actually mesmerized by this woman. that dress is just so sweet, you can almost picture it on an old woman, but then with those tatoos and the black shoes it just completely spins your whole perspective on the outfit around. amazing.
Since when are tattoos "fierce" or "rebellious"? Why can't people look at them as "beautiful" or "intricate"?
It sure is interesting to see how people assume tattoos define a person. If these were sleeves of tacky cascading flowers, nobody would assume she was so "tough" and would probably make statements like "adorable" or "feminine." Appreciate tattoos for the art form they are. Stop making assumptions.
And, to the person above who said having colorful tattoos instantly forces you into a wardrobe conundrum, as a young woman who's had full sleeves for years, we get along quite nicely, and look quite pretty & professional, thank you.
The tattos and her olive skin, the curve of her shoulders and the fit of the bust,with the flash of ankle This is all so suggestive of whats underneath the outfit without being particularly revealing. Interesting.
I think i know this place. The vintage book store in Broadway, near Union Square Park. The contrast between the place and her outfit is really harmonic, that's whats awesome about this picture. Congratulations.
The only things I don't like are what she's wearing – the shoes and the dress. I wouldn't like them without tattoos, and I like them even less with. But she, the woman – her face and tattoos, her pose, her expression – all that she seems to be is gorgeous. Almost amazonian. And she has the most beautiful shoulders.
I have spent all my life in a body I detest. But I do love your pics of people who appear comfortable and happy with who they are, regardless of what their style or dress code is. This girl is fabulous!
Absolutely fantastic photography, I love the dark bookstore behind her, so that her skin with the tattoos almost seems to melt into the background, while her brightly colored and lit dress stands out even more. My own views of her style/ choice of tattoos or dress don't really matter, what does it this incredible photograph. The viewer gets such a sense of the woman you photographed, which is really the goal of all portraiture.
Nice shot, and it's heated up the blog pretty well, so it's earned it's place here! Top marks for a confident lady who knows where she's at, but personally, ink on a woman isn't for me (and I've seen very few UK girls do it well).
This image caps off return to form (in my opinion). I was feeling very removed from some of the previous pictures a few weeks back – they weren't resonating with me (my loss I guess). This however really made me stop and think. I think the insightful comments here, too, evidence this.
she is beautiful and fierce, no matter, despite, what she wears. I donÂ´t care for what she wears but itÂ´s fabulous with the attitude and tattoos. itÂ´s totally uncopiable, because it only really works for her.
But more importantly, oh The Strand, maybe possibly almost surely the best bookstore in the world. Love it.
Again thank god for the younger? bolder ones who engage their mind continually, by using their body as a form of artistic expression to create an individual, never to be repeated masterpiece. Keep it up Scott!…and thanks. :)
wow. i've really loved the discussion about tattoos here. as someone who doesn't have them, i found the words used to describe them (by the pro side)–intricate, involved, complex, etc.– incredibly fascinating and enlightening. i am glad so many argued in their defense so eloquently.
the only thing that troubles me about this dress, which no one else seems to have mentioned (and therefore not troubled by?), is the bib-like apparatus over such full and beautiful breasts. the womanly literally competes underneath the childish bib and works primarily as a confrontation. i expect that's the point, but it doesn't quite work for this viewer.
This is a stunning portrait. I can't stop looking at it. The dress is so unexpected with all the tattoos and the expression on her face stops you in your tracks. It's in the slightly arched eyebrow that invites you to question your very worth as human being.
I really dislike this. I get the irony of contrasting such a prim dress with her edgy tattoos, and admire her for being so out there, i just think the bodice of the dress does absolutely nothing for her chest. It looks too tight and fit for busting.
She is very dramatic looking…but I wonder how she will feel in 20 years when her skin is loose and the beautiful artwork starts becoming blurry. I don't care for the dress at all. It looks so out of sync with her tattoos.
Not that this woman doesn't have some appeal on, this whole look. But her expression is definitely trying to be, ".. .I walk here each day." Yet on her beautiful right side, she shows a highly focused; "I am beautiful, please; may I be composed?"
She had offered 2 miliseconds to pose. The left eyebrow and lips inform us there is 1 milisec left. The purse pressed by a red nailed thumb seems to hold the inks of her tatoos. The suaveness of the tall tulip dress suggests me this womanÂ´s temper is balanced by a contemplative mind. Her shoes, letting the feet to expand evenly, bring aplomb without load.
Typical flyover-state suburbanite who came to NYC to 'reinvent' herself along with the rest of the lemmings. I would love to know what sort of employment she's able to hold that allows her to both look like that AND afford current NYC rents. But then again, what does it matter when Mom and Dad back in the 'burbs are footing the bill for your New York playdate.
I don't think that I've ever commented here before, but with this photo I simply must. This woman looks beautiful, although I wish that she didn't have so many tattoos. When she is 60 they will not be attractive anymore. However, her dress looks homemade and fun and just wonderful.
She certainly has poise and a large number of tattoos. I guess when you combine these elements with a vintage dress and some incredibly cheap–and I suppose, ironic–shoes, it creates a sense of personal style. But I'm old-fashioned and decidedly unhip. I think she'd look more regal without the tattoos–or at least fewer of them, and elegant dress and shoes.
Very nice…she looks like a real person and not a fasion industry insider dressing for other insiders…looks like an individual. I used to work at the Strand. It's not such a good bookstore…Barnes and Noble across the square is better…I like the tattoos on her.
Harley Mama goes girly…not bad! BUT, with lotsa tats U are somewhat limited in the choice of clothing and colors U can wear. For instance, I have lotsa tats and I would look ridiculous trying to dress all preppy and so forth with bright yellows and greens. Yet dark denims and navy with black tees seem to work. The other day I saw this dude here in the Twin Cities all tatted-out wearing some Italian bike riding gear…it just did not look sporty. perhaps he was after the comfort and functionality of the attire but from a style POV it looked too clashy! Its like the girls who are tatted out trying to wear little girly sun dresses…they should stick to the motorcycle leather and denim…works much better.