Fresh Ink. The art on our bodies
BUTTERFLIES AND BARBED-WIRE ARMBANDS WERE THE HEIGHT OF FASHION IN THE EARLY ‘90S. NOW, TATTOOS ARE A FORM OF FINE ART.
Sleeves of temporary tattoos on Jean Paul Gaultier’s runway helped inspire one of the ’90s’ most controversial tattoo trends: so-called tribal tattoos that are permanent records of cultural appropriation.
“It’s illegal to get a tattoo? I mean, come on,” one local tells
The New York Times. Then, finally, the city’s nearly 40-year tattoo ban (blame a 1961 hepatitis B outbreak) is lifted.
Cher gets a laser procedure to remove all of her 16 tattoos. “I had my first tattoo at 27, and at that time it was a statement,” she says. “Now, just about everyone has one, and it’s boring.”
Fairies and butterflies grace the lower backs of Gen X, framed by lowrise jeans and midriffbaring tops.
The drama! Five tattoo artists open shop (and fight and draw impressive tatts) on TLC’s Miami Ink, a reality show that brings tattoos further into the mainstream.
Tattoos peek out past shirt lines and tees, on necks, fingers, and wrists. “I started tattooing physicians and lawyers,” says Faith Phillips, a tattoo artist in Los Angeles. (Within a few years, nearly 40 percent of millennials have at least one tattoo, according to a
Pew Research poll.)
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The celebrity tattoo artist is born when Brian Woo, better known as
Dr. Woo, captivates Hollywood with his delicate black-and-gray designs. With Zoë Kravitz and Justin Bieber as devotees, word is that Woo has a two-year wait list.
Temporary tattoos are all grown up: Flash Tattoos— geometric bands, wings, and arrows in gold, silver, and bronze—sweep the Hamptons and Coachella.
Tattoo artist Scott Campbell inks highly trusting fans gratis (his usual rate: reportedly a grand an hour). All you have to do is stick your arm through a hole in a wall and—surprise!— get a tattoo of Campbell’s choosing.
Insta-famous tattoo artists (Tea Leigh, Jess Chen) create designs for temporary tattoo companies like
Tattly. The pandemic temporarily closes many shops. When they do reopen in the summer, Allure reports the demand for body art isn’t slowing down.