“HOW WILL THAT LOOK ON YOUR WEDDING DAY?”

Why is it that a woman is more likely to be questioned about the choices she makes regarding her self-expression? When those choices do not fall in line with people who have more traditional values, how can they imagine the moments in that woman’s life? In considering judgement of physical appearance, specifically regarding the choice to get tattooed, why are women held under such scrutiny? Over the past decade, the popularity of tattooing has exploded – and for the first time, women are more likely to have tattoos than men. By taking a glimpse into the world of tattoo, what can outsiders learn from the women who tattoo, are tattooed, and who aspire to be? What can we learn about ourselves and our own biases? Is there more to what meets the eye when it comes to tattooed skin? Most likely.

THE BREAKDOWN OF MY INTERVIEW WITH EVELYN // THE TATTOO ARTIST

24 April 2020 | 9:53am

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THE NEW NORMAL

23 April 2020 | 5:23pm

Perhaps the shift in mainstream perception of tattoos on the female form can be attributed to the women in the public eye. Artists, actresses, models, writers, journalists-- to name a few–- all figures who oft find their way into the sphere of public influence, now adorn their bodies with tattoos of assorted meaning. Young women see these figures gracing the red carpet, on t.v., or on the covers of magazines–– places which in the past required women, who wanted to participate, to adhere to strict rules of feminine expression. It seems that things like accomplishments and character are beginning to speak louder than the physicality of the female form. 

1. Lily Collins; Award Winning Actor, Producer, and Model.

// 5 tattoos 

2. Jemima Kirk; Artist, Actor, and Activist.

// 23 tattoos 

3. Zoë Kravitz; Actor, Musician, and Model.

// 55 tattoos 

THESIS // INTRO REEL

15 April 2020 | 4:38am

VISUALS // THOUGHTS FROM MY NOTEBOOK

12 April 2020 | 1:03am

Moments in Culture where tattoos have defied and//or reinforced tattoo stereotypes. Contemplating the "rules" that still exist of what is and isn't acceptable in mainstream culture. Something about the juxtaposition, of the glamour of a red carpet or a high fashion campaign, with tattooed women is so telling of restrictions loosening on "acceptable" female expression. 

INTERVIEW // A BROOKLYN BASED TATTOOIST

08 April 2020 | 3:12pm [Edited 10 May 2020 | 11:37am]

I think so much of what feels intimidating about tattoos is the process of getting one. So I decided to sit down with a friend who has more tattoos than she can count and is a practicing tattoo artist in Brooklyn. She is also one of the easiest-to-talk-to people I know, so I couldn't think of anyone better to chat with about why tattoos aren't scary (and why you should totally hit her up of you are looking to get your first). We talk about her experience with tattoos // tattooing, what her's mean to her, and how great it feels for her to make people happy with her permanent artwork. In getting to know someone is very much immersed in the world of tattoo, any stereotypes that linger, quickly fall away. 

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Interviewer: But it’s probably nice, I think, that person is coming to you for the service you can provide them with, whether you know them or not, that a beautiful thing because it’s a mutual respect. They chose you and you can give them something that they chose you for, which is really cool.

 

Evelyn: It’s also nice knowing that... When you really see a difference sometimes when they [the client] really enjoyed their time... And it feels really nice that you gave someone something that they’re really happy about. For me personally, I love getting tattooed because I feel like... I feel more like myself with every tattoo. Another empty space on my body is being filled and sometimes I choose these things because its what I find aesthetically pleasing. It’s what I chose and it’s what I want. So it’s like I am getting more things that represent myself, that represent my personality. Every single time I get a new tattoo I feel like a new person and I get really excited. I like looking at it, I like taking photos with my new tattoo, you know... Like, “Oh my god! It looks so good on my arm!” It’s like getting a cool haircut or like when you buy a new shirt and you’re so excited to wear it. It’s nice to attribute, those things that you can give someone, that kind of like improves their [self] image or makes them feel better about themselves and be happy about the experience too. It’s definitely like therapeutic.

A TATTOO ARTIST // SHORT FILM

30 March 2020 | 12:38pm

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