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  1. irene laura

    June 5, 2013 at 9:30 am

    lovely light in this shot.

  2. Gian Luca M

    June 5, 2013 at 9:31 am

    wow!great capture…nice lights

    Gian Luca M

  3. Aleksandra

    June 5, 2013 at 9:32 am

    So beautiful. Love how you captured this romantic mood in an edgy girl.

  4. Andy

    June 5, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Striking, cool, sensitive, tough, beautiful.

  5. Perle

    June 5, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Wow. She is so unassumingly beautiful.

  6. Lorna

    June 5, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Nah… I dont think so…

  7. Simbarashe

    June 5, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Beautiful display of ink. Not too egregious or gaudy.

  8. Nico

    June 5, 2013 at 9:45 am

  9. Rachelle

    June 5, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Amazing shot and great lighting.


  10. almu

    June 5, 2013 at 9:48 am

  11. Baya

    June 5, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Wonderful shot!
    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? :)

  12. NYSgonzalez

    June 5, 2013 at 9:52 am

    OMG– she is beautiful. What a contrast: make up free (apparently) and all that ink!

  13. Ivona Poyntz

    June 5, 2013 at 9:53 am

    she just about carries it off, but bordering on too much ink

  14. Penny

    June 5, 2013 at 9:57 am

    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!

    • ilse

      June 6, 2013 at 7:39 am

      Could not have said it better Penny!
      totally right!

    • Diane

      June 6, 2013 at 8:18 am

      Tattoos might be like the clothing we choose to wear, unfortunately, she’ll be “wearing the same clothes every day for the rest of her life.”

      • Lori

        June 10, 2013 at 9:22 pm

        Do you think she didn’t understand the permanence of her tattoos before deciding to decorate herself in this manner?
        I’m always surprised of the snark from the anti-tattoo commentors.

  15. jj

    June 5, 2013 at 9:57 am

    omg … i have no words … she is just perect …

  16. Elisa Taviti

    June 5, 2013 at 9:59 am


    With love,
    Elisa – My Fantabulous World


    June 5, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Tats! So badass

    Paris-NewYork Fashion blog
    xoxo Cory

  18. Kuba

    June 5, 2013 at 10:18 am

    This is where we find expression.

  19. Whatkrissydidnext

    June 5, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Beautiful shot!
    The light is great!

  20. Très Awesome

    June 5, 2013 at 10:20 am

    LOVE this, so atmospheric.

    Tr̬s Awesome РChicago Street Style

  21. Keishikibi

    June 5, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Love a woman who’s confident with their appearance – tattoos included! – Australian Street Style Blog

  22. Elena

    June 5, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Great lighting!!!

  23. Carlina

    June 5, 2013 at 10:44 am

    That’s Helen!-aka helenthebeast on IG. She’s a great young designer.

    • Emily

      June 5, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      Who is she? Where can I see her work?

      • Veronica

        June 9, 2013 at 12:14 pm

        Her name is Helen Castillo, a young designer. Very cool and talented.

      • KMo

        July 19, 2013 at 5:03 pm

        She has been selected to appear on Project Runway–her gowns are delicate and romantic. I hope she makes it to the end!

  24. bellaconscience

    June 5, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Her tattoos make me think that she is a bad ass..but the soft beautiful light makes her also gentle and lovely

    • mo

      June 6, 2013 at 10:11 am

      wonderfully put, thanks for echoing my thoughts

  25. debbie

    June 5, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Pretty girl. Too bad about the tattoos.

    • Andrew S

      June 5, 2013 at 11:50 am


    • Patrick

      June 7, 2013 at 8:51 am


  26. abigail

    June 5, 2013 at 11:17 am

    i love an unexpected sleeve. before i scrolled down i never would have guessed that she would have had a sleeve. she looks amazing, love the tattoos and the shot of silver with her watch and rings.


  27. jo

    June 5, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Future generations are going to look at their elders with their fading ugly tattoos and think ‘why did they do that?’ uncoll ugly short termism

    • KC

      June 7, 2013 at 11:27 am

      Because you are going to look so good at 80 right?

  28. Noelle

    June 5, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Beautiful and severe girl.


  29. une chatte grise

    June 5, 2013 at 11:43 am

    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. :)

  30. helen

    June 5, 2013 at 11:49 am

    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.

    • fly won

      June 5, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      YOU GO GIRL!

    • melanie

      June 5, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      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. :)

    • Sara

      June 5, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      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.

    • justray

      June 5, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      Helen, I think this photo exhibits more than simply tattoos and a tough exterior, it exudes self-confidence and and a fearless spirit that no amount of exterior adornments could ever pull off.

    • Emily

      June 5, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      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

    • westcoasttiger

      June 5, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      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.

    • westcoasttiger

      June 5, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      By the way, isn’t fashion by definition judging a book by it’s cover; otherwise it’s just clothing.

      P.S. You did make a beautiful photograph Helen – no worries.

    • Norma

      June 5, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      More power to you Helen! I think you are beautiful woman who chose to express yourself in a way that speaks to you. Ignore the naysayers. Theirs is not your reality.

    • Julia

      June 6, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Some people don’t like tatoos, so what?
      You look great!

  31. Laura

    June 5, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Beautiful light, great portrait! Love all her tattoos!

  32. Denisa

    June 5, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Nice pic. Great day.

  33. Rebecca

    June 5, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Great photo… Tattoos look good when you are skinny, have olive skin and are young. Does anyone remember the SNL skit about tattoos?? That skit said it all!

  34. kelseybang

    June 5, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    this girl is rockin! love her look and her sleeve! so rad!

  35. izzy & jude

    June 5, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    beautiful…the tattoo of the girl is absolutely stunning!

  36. Pomplemo

    June 5, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    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.

  37. suzy

    June 5, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    So beautiful and serene.

  38. Rita

    June 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    She’s so beautiful, love the lighting!

  39. G

    June 5, 2013 at 12:31 pm

  40. Une petite Bruxelloise

    June 5, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I love the contrast of her make-up free face and super-decorated body.

  41. Fashion Snag

    June 5, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Love the light here!

  42. Taj

    June 5, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Black makes a great platform for the lovely Japanese-like allegorical ink design.

  43. Carol

    June 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    very cool !! piece of walking art :)

  44. kelsey

    June 5, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    her sleeve is beautifully done
    kw ladies in navy

  45. Liz

    June 5, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    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.

  46. Angela

    June 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Cool and sensitive…one word: Beautyful!!!

  47. Jackie

    June 5, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Like poetry

  48. Alison

    June 5, 2013 at 2:07 pm


  49. Carola

    June 5, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    wow! love her tattoo !

    New Outfit Post on Pursesinthekitchen!

  50. Inez

    June 5, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Wonderful shot!

  51. Kate

    June 5, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Her ink is killer.


  52. Nina

    June 5, 2013 at 4:20 pm


  53. Eva

    June 5, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Normally I don’t like the so called “sleeve” tattoos on women but something about this woman and photo makes me love it. It suits her!

  54. Navya

    June 5, 2013 at 4:51 pm


  55. PARIS BEE kids blog

    June 5, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Gorgeous photo. Love the dreamy quality!

    xoxo PARIS BEE kids blog

  56. Cool face!

  57. jdit

    June 5, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    She is stunning Scott – A shot so much like a modern Karsh.

  58. CBC

    June 5, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    the light the light… beautiful portrait of a very exotic women

  59. Sevan

    June 5, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Beautiful portrait of a beautiful girl.
    I wish I had this soft light in my bathroom when I put my make up on in the morning !

  60. Rowena

    June 5, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    In a lost in thought daze… Love it!

  61. Kimberly

    June 5, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    her hands,the light on her hands as if they are sculpted. beautiful. thank you scott.

  62. milex

    June 5, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    hmm. I wish she would look straight into the camera.

  63. lou

    June 5, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Have tattoos if you like them but don’t kid yourself that they’re edgy or brave or unusual, they are everywhere.

    • Ladyofletters

      June 6, 2013 at 12:13 am

      So why do people still react in this way? Tattoos, no tattooos, who cares… gorgeous pic.

  64. Robyn

    June 5, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    What a babe!

  65. Jen

    June 5, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Incredible shot! Love the contrast of her minimalist, bare face with the boldness of the tattoos. Beautiful!


  66. Geno

    June 6, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Wow, she is stunning!

  67. Laura

    June 6, 2013 at 12:14 am

    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…

    Best, Laura

  68. Lauren at adorn la femme

    June 6, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Helen is the ultimate expression of a modern woman!! Love her quiet confidence!!

  69. Space Trash

    June 6, 2013 at 12:28 am

    Stunning. Love how the tattoos almost work as accessories with such a well-cut, minimal black top and sleek dark hair. Gorgeous.

  70. Jen

    June 6, 2013 at 12:44 am

    I thought she was so cool until I read her comment

  71. 2moiselles-happy-lookeuses

    June 6, 2013 at 2:11 am


  72. kingesquivel

    June 6, 2013 at 3:15 am

    I guess I just like being able to see a beautiful woman’s natural skin.

  73. Maya

    June 6, 2013 at 3:58 am

    Great shot!
    Too much ink, not too much ink, this, this and that, who cares, she is herself and she looks awesome!

  74. Chahrazad

    June 6, 2013 at 4:53 am

    Wauw. Her tattoo almost looks like its a shirt.
    Such a beautiful photograph.



    June 6, 2013 at 5:00 am

    For some reason this picture and this girl make me wistful for all the missed opportunities of my own life. She’s lovely and it’s a good picture that gets into you unseen and opens things up.

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    June 6, 2013 at 6:05 am

    As usual, a work of art. Beautiful light and model. We love your work at our magazine and I just wanted to let you know that we have launched a free app ( Hope you like it.

  77. Pink Elephant Blog

    June 6, 2013 at 6:13 am

    Love this photo! The light is so warm, the model looks amazing in the shot!

  78. Mila

    June 6, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Lovely shot and gorgeous eyes.

  79. StyleLovely

    June 6, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Great Pic!

  80. Zaena

    June 6, 2013 at 8:45 am

    wow- now thats a tattoo!

  81. Zaena

    June 6, 2013 at 8:46 am

    She looks like she should be on the streets of Camden in London!

  82. Te-uta

    June 6, 2013 at 9:00 am

    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 !

  83. Emma

    June 6, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Love this photo!

    Emma x

  84. Irene

    June 6, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Great lighting. Fantastic shot!

  85. Anna

    June 6, 2013 at 9:52 am

    I’m a little Frida Kahlo obsessed, but I can’t help but think that she reminds me of a modern variation of her.

  86. Steph

    June 6, 2013 at 10:17 am

    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.

  87. [email protected]

    June 6, 2013 at 10:36 am

    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?

  88. Virginia L

    June 6, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    All is in her hands.

  89. Simone

    June 6, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    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.

    • Michelle

      June 6, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      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.

  90. stephanie

    June 6, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    I am so drawn to this photo. You captured the woman in this shot beautifully.

  91. Eva Keane

    June 6, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Wow! Don’t hurt them Helen!

  92. Alessia

    June 7, 2013 at 2:41 am

    adorable pic!


  93. Lucia

    June 7, 2013 at 3:50 am

    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.

  94. Stella

    June 7, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Tattoos look awful on the majority of people – but this girl was born to wear them. She looks amazing (and who needs make- up when you have such beautifully shaped eyebrows).

  95. Erica

    June 7, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Beautiful photo. Perfect light!

  96. Dario Monforté

    June 7, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    So amazing post!!!

  97. princessglee

    June 7, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Beautiful picture and beautiful girl. But what’s she going to do when all the angst is gone? Do you hold on to it because you still have the tattoos?

  98. Jean Tom

    June 8, 2013 at 9:00 am

    A great shot. I venture to say that this woman will be unique and beautiful at any age.

    • antapal

      June 8, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      I couldn’t agree more!

  99. Francis

    June 8, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Love her bone structure! What a forehead! And I don’t think tattoos necessarily have to do with angst. It really seems people are less open to female individuals having fully tattooed arms.

  100. antapal

    June 8, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Lovely pic!

  101. Agata

    June 8, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    She is just perfect!

  102. Agata

    June 8, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    And for all the people who doesn’t like tatoos – OPEN YOUR MIND!:)

  103. Nen

    June 9, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Does anyone knows who is she? she is so beautifull.inspiring with all the tatoos.Is she an artist?

    HELEN if you see my this.Are you an artist?

  104. Rocio

    June 10, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Nice pic!!

  105. Elise

    June 14, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    She’s so f*#€@*##*? Sexy…..! Damn

  106. cz_vee

    July 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    So, this girl is on Project Runway. I’m fairly certain that’s her. So, she’s a designer. :)

    • Liz

      July 27, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      Yep, I just came back to this photo to check that, because the first thing I thought of when I saw Project Runway was this picture. She’s really gorgeous on the show, too.

  107. featheredwasp

    July 27, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Isn’t this woman Helen from Project Runway Season 12?

  108. sarah

    August 2, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    This is weird to say, but you have beautiful hands!

    PS…love you on PR

  109. caitlin

    August 2, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    It is Helen Castillo from Project Runway- talented and beautiful! Right before she was on the show; amazing shot.

  110. aj

    September 27, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Helen, you are sexier than any of the models on the show and the creativity of your work enhances that.

  111. Briana Berner

    October 17, 2013 at 11:48 am

    She is a clothing designer, I recognize her from project runway this season. Beautiful woman. The edge is done elegantly

  112. Astrid

    November 8, 2013 at 2:26 am

    Really nice. I love how you catch the persons personality in your photos. This is one of my favourites so far.

  113. Sheila

    December 13, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    That’s Helen Castillo from Project Runway.

  114. Holger

    January 9, 2018 at 4:40 am

    Real beautiful tattoos. But even mote i like her Eyes. Looking far away like being in trance. Somehow a kind of hypnotic beauty :)

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