Saturday, May 12, 2012

Bow Tattoos

The days of people, and women in particular, being frowned upon for having tattoos are long gone. These days’ tattoos are rightly seen by many as an art form. The choice of design and standard of workmanship is ever increasing, fuelled by an increasingly hungry market. The rise of celebrities who sport tattoos has meant increasing numbers of their fans have opted to be inked. The tattoos people choose to have are changing too, tribal tattoos have replaced skulls and anchors in the popularity stakes for men and women are increasingly adapting tattoos to suit their personal tastes. Flowers, stars, butterflies and bows tattoos are all popular choices for women.

Women and girls have historically worn bows on their clothes and in their hair as a fashion statement. It is therefore a logical progression to have them tattooed on their bodies. As women we can spend hours getting ready to go out, choosing our clothes and putting on make-up, when you have a bow tattoo you are already half way there! You wash it every time you shower and after the initial inking it takes no time to apply.

When choosing any tattoo the position is vital, bow tattoos are no different. Think carefully where you want your tattoo inked; after all it is difficult to move later! This decision may be a matter of personal preference or could be driven by practical considerations. If you work in a conservative environment or have a quieter personality, it may be best to have a tattoo that is easy to cover during working hours, on your hip or lower back for example. If on the other hand you are an extrovert who can, and wants, to display their tattoos all the time a wrist or ankle tattoo would be a good choice. Many women choose to have bows tattooed on their hips or shoulders. A particularly effective way of displaying bow tattoos is to link them to an inked ribbon, of the same color, that loops around a finger, wrist or ankle. In this way your tattoo can look like a piece of inked jewellery.

A bow tied in a string around your finger can be used to remind you of something, bow tattoos can be used in the same way, to remind you of a special event, the birth of a child or wedding for example. Historically bows were used in art to represent the fragility of life, as they are both easily unravelled. The color of bows is also significant, yellow bows tied around a tree are a sign that someone is awaiting the return of a loved one, who is away at war or on a journey. Pink bows and ribbons are worn by women to support other women suffering from breast cancer and to honor those who have lost this battle.

These are powerful symbols, it is therefore important to think carefully about which is a suitable tattoo for you. Choose something that has personal significance for you, it is your statement to the world; it will be with you for a long time to come.

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