Pretty in ink Sexy tat­too trends!

Swirling scripts and geo­met­ric signs – these trends are tak­ing the tat­too and body art world by storm.

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tat­toos and body art are al­ways more than just colours and shapes,” says makeup artist Val Gar­land. “Back in the day, when tat­toos could only be in per­ma­nent form, they were a state­ment of iden­tity. Now, there are so many forms of body art to serve as a dec­la­ra­tion of in­di­vid­u­al­ity.” No longer re­garded as a clichéd act of re­bel­lion, 21st-cen­tury tat­toos are pret­tier, more colour­ful and dain­tier than ever. In short, they have be­come the hot ac­ces­sory, al­low­ing you to get cre­ative.

Body art

Con­tin­u­ing the trend from last sea­son – where every cool celebrity and model took to wear­ing body jewellery in the form of metal­lic trans­fers – de­sign­ers em­braced body and face art in all sorts of ways, in­clud­ing Val’s pressed flow­ers at Preen’s Spring 2017 show.

“Cre­at­ing the Preen flower power is easy – all it takes is some eye­lash glue and pressed petals,” she says. “The trick is to fo­cus on just one thing at a time. It can be bold, it can be big, but keep one main fo­cus.” When you draw some­thing small or sym­bolic, felt-tip liq­uid lin­ers are a great tool and easy to con­trol. “They last longer than pen­cils and come in lots of fun colours, so you can get cre­ative and have fun,” ad­vises Val.

Celebrity style

“Ink that’s in­spired by mod­els and celebs is in­creas­ingly fash­ion­able, and it’s evolved a lot over the past five years, thanks to

the grow­ing ob­ses­sion with so­cial me­dia,” says tat­too artist Guy Saar.

And as the in­dus­try grows, de­signs have grown more in­tri­cate. “Be­ing a tat­too artist has be­come a se­ri­ous ca­reer, and some of the world’s best artists are choos­ing to tat­too as an ex­ten­sion of their cre­ative skill, mak­ing it pos­si­ble to cre­ate pretty much any­thing,” Guy ex­plains.

Quotes and line draw­ings

“I love the artis­tic cre­ativ­ity of tat­toos and how per­sonal they can be,” says makeup artist Derek Selby.

You can also recre­ate these cute de­signs for a spe­cial oc­ca­sion: “I love to add tem­po­rary body art to a look be­fore go­ing out – it’s like adding jewellery,” says makeup artist Celia Bur­ton.

“I swear by liq­uid eye­liner, as it’s wa­ter re­sis­tant and doesn’t bleed when you ap­ply it. To add def­i­ni­tion to your il­lus­tra­tion, com­bine both pen­cil and liq­uid lin­ers and al­low your skin to act as a can­vas,” ad­vises Val.


“The range of colours that is avail­able is huge. Tat­toos used to only come in clas­sic blue, but now artists are tat­too­ing as if they were paint­ing,” says Guy. But do your re­search! “If you’re con­sid­er­ing a water­colour tat­too, it’s im­por­tant to re­ally dis­cuss this with the artist, as ink can lose its con­trast when it sets and ages.”

Tatt chat

Con­sid­er­ing a tat­too? Make sure you look at op­tions and ideas for in­spi­ra­tion.

“And it’s very im­por­tant to visit the shop to en­sure that it’s clean, and never quib­ble about the price,” says Guy. Why? “Even if you have to save for a year for your art­work, it is worth it. You shouldn’t scrimp when it comes to get­ting some­thing on your body for the rest of your life. Af­ter all, it’s a life­long in­vest­ment!”

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