I am looking for a little advice!
I've always loved tattoos and I really want some more but I am worried it might stop me from getting so much work..
I don't want to be completely covered but I have always wanted a sleeve
Does anyone have any advice?
I have 25 tattoos and im getting a sleevve a chest piece and mu leg done next. i have a good amount of people that are fans off my ink. i see it as its your body. dont focus on modelling taking priority unless u plan on being massive. Good luck
There are some popular tattooed models covering a variety of genres, for example Becky Holt, Jemma Funge, Cervena Fox, Maja Stina ... The artwork needs to be top quality, otherwise it would put people off. I am put off by large blocks of text models have as tattoos.
As someone with tattoos myself, I just ask you to think about one thing. In the long term, the more visible your tattoos are, the more likely you'll be treated like a second class citizen by a large section of the general public. You will lose out on jobs you want, and you will find that people look down on you, and look upon you like you are a criminal type. As someone who once really liked ink, I have now become someone who not only regrets having them, but now sees them as something to hide rather than display with pride. Think very carefully before you go ahead. Like so many of us, you may well regret them in the future.
I'm generally fine with tattoos, and as Tarmoo said, as long as it's good quality work, then it's cool...
...except on the chest, boobs or tummy. For me that's a deal-breaker. I think once you start covering the whole front area, you take the feminine look away a tad too much. This is of course just my thoughts, and is not a 'fact'. But that's how I see it.
As a photographer I won't employ models with extensive tattoos. Small, pretty, discrete tattoos can be acceptable but full sleeves, definitely not. I find that extensive obtrusive tattoos severely limit the photographic opportunities for me. So, my preference when paying for a model is to employ those without tattoos. In my opinion if you want a full sleeve tattoo then have one, but possibly expect fewer modelling jobs as a consequence.
For 8 & half years I "conformed" to this idea that models had to have either discreet or no tattoos because I was told over & over again I couldn't be full time if I got any more than the one that was at the top of my back, hidden by my hair (I had long hair then). I was unhappy of my appearance because of it, because it did not reflect me, my real personality or my love of tattoos, designing them, etc. So I bit the bullet & had 2 large ones done last year that are very personal to me, because I would rather be happy within myself than please photographers. I have since found that I have had just as much work coming in when it comes to shoots. Yes, some photographers won't work with me but a number of others now will. My fan base has actually grown because of my tattoos & feedback from my fans is all positive. And guess what? I'm more happy now than I have ever been with my own appearance & more confident in shooting, and that reflects the results of my pictures.
Yes you may lose some work, but you'll gain some too. Do what is going to make you most happy, whether its a certain type of modelling which demands you do not have more tattoos, or getting more tattoos knowing a few photographers wont shoot with you. A person made a big impact on my life last year taught me my biggest life lesson & now my motto for life "do what makes you most happy (so long as its legal)". I just wish I had done it sooner rather than "conform" to others wishes.
Ahh but you are still quite young. If I were loaded when I was young I would be absolutely covered in tattoos. But you don't realise how much your taste can change once you hit middle age. I never dreamed my taste would change for so many things. What you wrote could have been written by me almost some years ago, about not conforming and such. Don't get me wrong, I still like tattoos, but now I just like the human body even more without them But even now when I see a good tattoo, I get the urge to go and get another one, yes I know that must seems very strange/daft after saying all this. Let's just hope when you hit middle age you still like yours.
Take good care,
To be honest I specialise in glamour and personally I think glamour models with tattoos is pretty darn sexy lol but I still do alot of fashion!
I know that if I get all the tattoos I want will probably kill the fashion side..
When I first started modelling I wanted to make it big but realistically I can get published a few times but never make it as big as Katie Price.
There is a big part of me that wants to take the risk and go for it and as for changing your taste when you are older, all my tattoos mean something to me and I wouldn't get random ones and I don't think you can regret having a tattoo the symbolizes a deceased loved one..
Thank you everyone for all your comments it really has helped!
I think you should go with your heart. I never listened to anyone when I was young, much like most. I agree that tattoos that mean something, like loved ones now gone, mean something special. Trouble is with tattoos is they are so addictive. The good news is, there is always laser treatment! LOL
Fashions Change but Tattoos are Forever
Embargoed to 00:01, Tuesday July 3rd 2012
A significant number of people regret having a tattoo, and the longer they have had one the more likely this becomes. With a tattoo parlour popping up on every high street1 and the popularity of tattoos increasing2, a study, due to be released at the British Association of Dermatologists’ Annual Conference in Birmingham this week (July 3rd to 5th), seems timely.
Author of the study Arif Aslam says, “We feel that it is important for people to know that it’s very likely that one day they will regret their tattoo. They are not that easy to remove and unwanted tattoos can affect people’s life chances and cause them upset and unhappiness”. The study used a questionnaire and took place over a six month period in a dermatology department in a large district general hospital in England. Patients (aged 16 or over) who had a visible tattoo during general skin examination were asked to complete the questionnaire which looked at age, the age at which the tattoo was acquired, whether it was done by an amateur or a professional, how long they had had it, whether they had other tattoos, the site of the tattoo, whether they still liked it and whether they would have it removed if they could.
• 580 responses were analysed (from a total sample of 615) with a split of 53 per cent men and 47 per cent women. The responses revealed:
• Most tattoos were done by a professional • Half of the patients were over 40 • 45% of the patients had their first tattoo done aged between 18 and 25 years old
• Almost half had between two and five tattoos
• Almost one third regretted their tattoo
• Men were more likely to regret their tattoo than women
• Men were three times more likely to regret their tattoo if it was done when they were under 16 years of age
• Women over the age of 21 at the time of their first tattoo were the least likely to regret it.
• Most patients who regretted getting a tattoo had them on their upper body.
• Fewer than half those who regretted their tattoos would have them removed.
Notes to editors: If using this study, please ensure you mention that the study was released at the British Association of Dermatologists’ Annual Conference.
I have left this as it is without comment.
But read and take into consideration.