The party was in full swing as Sting’s “Desert Rose” drifted into the air. Couples dancing rhythmically presented a great atmosphere. A woman closest to the dais wore a backless outfit.  On her back stood out a beautifully designed rose tattoo all with stem and thorn disappearing onto her lower back – a real good women’s tattoo design.

Many years ago a German Circus had a woman with many tattoos. She was quite an attraction since then women’s tattoos were not an accepted norm socially. Later in the 60’s a woman with a cause or a social rebel emerged. And thus emerged woman’s tattoos as more and more women “got bitten by the tattoo bug”. Nowadays women’s tattoo is a style statement and in many cases an envious proposition.

Lyla had just moved in from New York with her husband into Grenville, Alabama. Having been exposed to a larger audience back at the Big Apple, she found the women’s circle quite and kind. Once on a hot day, Lyla had sauntered into the supermarket wearing her halter neck top and shorts. The women she passed, held her in their eyes with open mouth for on her back was the face of Mary looking kindly at those who saw. That night every husband in that county might have received a demand to be driven to the nearest tattoo artist as their wives wanted to get their women’s tattoo.

Women’s tattoos
Women’s tattoos

What was once considered a male bastion; Tattooing has scaled new heights among the best of socially known women. Tattoo studios have now sprung up in every nook of the country. And now it has captured the imagination of school going giggly girls too. A rich socialite in upscale Los Angeles had once thrown a party which would naturally go on for the whole night till the break of dawn. Only this time she had requested the presence of her guests a lot early in the evening then otherwise as she had flown down Pierre , a famed tattoo artist from Europe just so that she could offer his services to those “have not “ invitees absolutely free of cost. Needless to say Pierre had to call it an early day at the break of dawn and comfortably slipped onto the floor with no care, in deep sleep

Tattooing is most common amongst Asian Indian women. Their designs crudely drawn geometric designs meant to represent their caste, name of their place of birth or sometimes their husband’s name. Now as time goes by as the changes in the culture bring in some new developments, young women from the Gujarat region from urban cities have got into getting tattoos with similar designs with no reference to the original traditions. Their designs are more contemporary far removed from the crude work displayed by their rural counterparts.  Imaginative designers have created wonderful and sensational which are slowly being exhibited at tattoo festivals all over the world. Now it can be easily said that a woman need not be a rebel or an eccentric to have a tattoo on her body.

Breast Tattoos – A new statement

I was so excited that day that I woke up earlier than usual. I had to get ready within the next hour and that would be odd for a Saturday. I had an appointment with Nicolette, the French Tattoo artist at her studio, downtown. That wasn’t all. I was a bit breathless too. For this was the 1st time I was to get a breast tattoo. “Why a breast tattoo?”  My room – mate Maria had asked.  “Yes” I had responded. I had made up my mind to let go of all my fears and grow more confident. That is what Theresa my new friend at art class had told me.  Theresa, an orphan was brought up in a convent and it was our common disposition that brought us closer to each other. I could see a change in her ever since she had got a breast tattoo.

On reaching the studio, my excitement was overwhelming. It was not the same when I would go on a shopping spree for shoes or clothes. This was different, completely different.  I was keen to get this done with as early as possible. It took me a while to choose my design and while Nicolette emptied her cup of coffee I ran through the pages of her album. Finally settling for a delightful butterfly design I settled in on her chair. When she was finally done, I just could not take my eyes off my reflection in the mirror. Theresa was right. I felt different.

Breast Tattoos

Breast Tattoos

Many may find it odd as to why would a woman sport a breast tattoo. While tattoos signify features of considerable depth to many cultures ancient as well as new, they have over the years become a fashion statement to many. A breast tattoo, to me is not merely an enhancement as it may seem to a few. For me it signifies confidence of different degree. It brings alive a sense of fulfillment within me. Although I get to see it when I am alone, looking at the rich colors of the butterfly nestled on my right breast brings a soft smile on my lips.

Tattooing has been in practice centuries and every kind of tattoo had purpose. In ancient India, the husband’s name would be tattooed on the back of woman. This was to show that she belonged to him. Sailors have been tattooing their arms and chest with names of ships they would have sailed in or a dagger to display a fierce disposition to prospective adversaries.

Contemporary tattoo artists have opened up their schemes of imaginative spots, especially on women and a breast tattoo is one such creative canvas of masterpiece caliber.  Using various designs to exemplify the particular woman’s stand or a rant or then even her demure form, the artist has been able to earn a very faithful place amongst his or her clients. As for me, it has been quite a while since I got the tattoo, each day I find it anew right where I wanted it to be. Close to my heart.