Redefining Beauty: Women with Ink

12 Dec

inked photography by AG PhotographyPhotograph by AG Photography

Women with Tattoos

Traditional wisdom and most of the popular media today tells us what is beauty. We are bombarded with it every time we turn on the TV or go through the grocery store checkout line and see all of the beauty magazines. The ideal image is the the perfect woman is different to many, and today a new form of beauty is emerging. This is ink. Expressing yourself through tattoos can be both beautiful and creative artwork on your skin. What once was reserved for outcast and punks is now commonplace. One poll actually showed that 59 percent of women have tattoos. A number that has even surpassed men, of which only 40 percent of have.

Now that the majority of women actually have some ink on their body what does that mean for the public perception of women with tattoos, and is there a thing as too much? There really is no hard answer, but one thing is for certain, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and there is a growing number of eyes that think ink is beautiful.

There are even a growing number of celebrities that are getting tattoos, such as: Angelina Jolie, Megan Fox, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Katy Perry. Yet the list does not stop, but even continues on to even include the former Disney stars such as Miley Cyrus. With all of this attention it mean that ink as a form of expression is growing and becoming more ingrained into the popular culture of the world. While the number of people using ink to express themselves has grown over the years, if you think back only a little while, this was not always the story. Many businesses even still discriminate against hiring people with tattoos, both legally and illegally. Just ask yourself when was the last time you saw a banker or powerful business woman with a visible tattoo, you probably can’t.

Photographing Ink

Just because tattoos may not be ideal for the woman trying to make it in the world of business, it doesn’t shut all doors. One industry in particular is now wide open for those of the fairer sex with ink. This is the fashion industry. Sure there are still a lot of gigs that want the typical model type, but there is also a growing number of publication designed specifically to show of their artwork on their skin. Obviously there some of the bigger ones are Inked Magazine or Inked Girls, but there are also tons of places on the internet for models that are not afraid to show of their ink. Also if you have a lot of tattoos and would like to get into modeling, I’m sure that there are tons of great photographers that are always looking for that edge in their work.

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