Vintage Tattooed Ladies

After writing my post on my tattoo plans, I started searching for more photos of tattooed women from back in the day. Obviously it was not the done thing at the time and the tattooed lady was a regular feature of the travelling freak show. Luckily times have changed but I can’t help but wonder what these women were like and why they chose to get tattooed.

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Tattooed older folks also help to rebut the oft-used argument against getting tattoos: “That tattoo looks good now but it will look horrible when you’re old!” In fact, the tattooed elderly look pretty darn awesome.

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Tentative Tattoo Planning

Lately I’ve been dreaming of getting a tattoo. I’ve wanted one ever since I was 15 and first got into music. Since then I’ve gone through lots of ideas but never followed through because I was young and was unsure if I would regret my choices.. Now I’m moving closer towards my mid-twenties, I have a lot more faith in myself to pick an idea that I will love for a long time. In any case, I can’t get a tattoo yet because I’m still recovering from health problems so I’m safe to brainstorm without worrying about making an impulsive mistake. I am hoping, though, that sometime next year I can finally make something permenant.

Part of me wants to be a painted lady, covered in art.

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But that’s not going to happen any time soon. Tattoos are expensive and I will stick to areas that are easy to hide for work. Also, I don’t even know what it feels like yet. Maybe I’m the biggest wimp and will end up with half a tattoo xD My first tattoo will definitely be something small and meaningful.

During my tattoo research I kept stumbling upon amazing vintage-style tattoo designs

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I soon discovered that the artist is Angelique Houtkamp, a fabulous Dutch tattoo artist with a shop full of similarly amazing artists in Amsterdam. Right on my doorstep!

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I’m definitely going to look into getting tattooed there in the future.

I also like Lina Stigsson and Emile Steenhuizen’s work at Admiraal Tattoo in Amsterdam.