Brides with tattoos. Should you hide your tattoo on your wedding day or should it be on full display? What’s the go with Wedding tattoos?
It is claimed that tattooing has existed since 12,000 years BC, since Neolithic times (New Stone Age). The purpose of tattooing has varied from culture to culture and in ancient times may have even been used them for medicinal purposes. Historically, tattoos have been used for Funeral Art, Branding, Clan Marking, Rites of Passage, Physical Health, Good Luck charms and more.
In the 1960s tattooing for art’s sake alone became popular and nowadays the sight of a tattoo on someone’s shoulder, hip or ankle has become commonplace.
During the last decade, two distinct types of tattoo business can be identified. The first being the "tattoo parlor" that splendors in a sense of urban outlaw culture, advertises itself with brash exterior signage and offers less than sanitary surroundings. The second is the "tattoo art studio" that most frequently features custom and fine art designs, all of the features of a high-end beauty and "by-appointment" services only.
Today’s fine art tattoo studio draws the same kind of clients as a jewellery store, fashion boutique, or high-end antique shop.
Tattoos have proliferated, tattooing is the sixth-fastest-growing retail business and the single fastest growing demographic group seeking tattoo services is middle-class suburban women. Many people believe that the rise of tattoos is a fad, driven by fashion and the desire to stand out and in some way it is a form of art.
Therefore, there is no wonder that many an upcoming bride has a fine-art tattoo proudly adorned somewhere on her body.
Question is, what do we do with a wedding tattoo, that is, a bride with a tattoo? Some bride’s can have subtle tattoos; other bride’s tattoos are significant in that they cover large sections of their skin.
Should a bride, hide her tattoo, or should it be displayed proudly and perhaps become a feature of her gown.
Remember, tattoos are permanent, so once done they are with you for life. On young skin, the tattoo can appear fresh and vibrant but as we age, the appearance of the tattoo can age with us and appear distorted as our skin and body conditions change.
As a bride, do you want the memory of your tattoo permanently displayed in your wedding photos? Do you cover up your wedding tattoos or do you have it out there?
Personally, I am not a fan of the tattoo, for no other reason than permanency. I love my fashion, clothing, jewellery and more. I appreciate the art of a fine tattoo, but I also love ‘new’. My favorite piece of jewellery ‘today’ will get worn and worn, but over time it will be set aside, when the new favorite takes it’s place. Same said for all my fashion items. The thought that I would have to wear the same piece forever, doesn’t sit well with me.
However, given your tattoo is permanent and it is a part of you ‘forever’, I am inclined to include it as a feature of my wedding-look, work it into my wedding dress. Don’t hide it, let it shine, put it out there, there is no running away … it will be with you for a very long time.