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Thinking about a tattoo, but is it what good girls did in the 1940's?

Discussion in 'The Powder Room' started by Miss 1940's, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. TheSacredFemme

    TheSacredFemme One of the Regulars

    Amy, that boxer is amazing!

    I sent off the loooong word document describing my tattoo along with inspirational photos off to my tattoo artist yesterday. Nervous!
  2. magnolia76

    magnolia76 One of the Regulars

    One thing I have found unavoidable: be prepared to answer when asked about it. There are people out there that say that their tattoo is no one else's business, which is true I suppose, but you can't get tattoos and then be offended when someone asks about it. I suppose it makes it easier for us since we are used to people stopping and asking us about our vintage appearances. If you don't want the attention (good and bad!), don't do it.

    My biggest tattoo enemy and giver of two cents? My mother.
  3. Amy Jeanne

    Amy Jeanne Call Me a Cab

    No one ever asks me about my tattoos :(

    I wish they would. I'd be happy to tell them. I've got plenty to talk about lol

    It's just tattoos aren't that big of a deal here. I like that they are more acceptable.
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2013
  4. Rudie

    Rudie Call Me a Cab

    I wouldn't be surprised if your subconscious was trying to convey something totally unrelated to tattoos. Subconscious reasoning is hardly logical and quite irrational. Food for thought. ;)
  5. TheSacredFemme

    TheSacredFemme One of the Regulars

    Maybe so, but I was genuinely just happy to see myself with a tattoo and see that it didn't feel alien.
  6. I have three tattoos currently, and will definitely be adding more once I have the funds!

    I don't think I can post photos yet, but here's links to them:

    My first tattoo - I wanted something small because I am a wimp when it comes to pain, so I spent months looking for a nice font to write out "au contraire" below the inside of my elbow. The pain was obviously not too bad because since then I've gotten this one;


    A hot air balloon on my upper arm and also;


    A beautiful old fashioned dress form with various sewing paraphernalia around it (I sew).

    The last two were done by the same artist who is FANTASTIC - she really knew exactly what to do and even when I was incredible vague about what colours I wanted she was so helpful and they both ended up looking fabulous. Sadly she has now moved to the US :(

    I've always been into vintage and thrifting, but when I got my tattoos I was still very new to the whole authentic vintage thing (still am). I don't think they take anything away from the look, however, like someone said in the previous pages we're not actually living in the 40's (or 30's, 50's etc) and I don't think it's such a big deal if your look isn't 100% strictly spot on period correctness... Obviously each to their own (and if you can manage that, I am in awe of you!), but I've never had anyone say "oh I love your vintage look, too bad those tattoo's ruin it". Most of the comments I get are "I love your tattoos/look" or people asking what they mean.

    I say go for it! I know the number one way people like to warn you about tattoos is by reminding you they're for life (you don't say!), but honestly once you get one it becomes just a part of yourself as a beauty spot or freckles. I hardly notice mine a lot of the time! So long as you love the design you're getting you'll be fine :)
  7. Amy Jeanne

    Amy Jeanne Call Me a Cab

    Only people on the Internet say "I love your vintage look, but tattoos ruin it" ;) lol I've had nothing but compliments about my tattoos and how they "go" with my vintage look!

    A few more of mine:

    Ode to silent movies!

    Slightly altered Houtkamp design on the back of my calves.

  8. rjb1

    rjb1 Practically Family

    In person most people are polite enough not to say anything negative about tattoos or anything else.
    What they are really thinking may be totally a different thing.
  9. Amy Jeanne

    Amy Jeanne Call Me a Cab

    And who cares what others think? lol I know I don't. Only a few people's thoughts matter to me. Random person on the street I'll never see again or clown on the Internet -- not my issue. Those who let others' "thoughts" run their lives are sad. I used to be that way. Let myself be free. This encompasses my entire style and being, not just tattoos.
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2013
  10. Amy Jeanne, your calf tattoos are beautiful!! Well, they all are but I love those ones in particular!

    I've had random people say "you are so pretty, please don't get any more tattoos!!" which I thought was rather odd haha, I'm not sure why they would think I would stop getting tattoos because they, whom I have never seen before, asked me to!
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2013
  11. Miss Slapstick

    Miss Slapstick New in Town


    Here is one of my tattoos.
    It's the signature and a quote of my hero, Al St. John - "Yours For Fun", something he would write when he signed autographs (both signature and quote is in his "handwriting", plus his date of birth and death.
    I am a film historian, my mission in life, so to speak, is to restore and correct the history and legacy of Al. I'm writing a bio on him and the first DVD of a series is now in production through my own company.
    So..Al is absolutely worthy of some skin-space ;)

    Please do excuse the mess, I am in the process of moving.
  12. Amy Jeanne

    Amy Jeanne Call Me a Cab

    Nice, Miss Slapstick!

    The only people who give me grief for my tattoos are my grandmother and my dad...lol. But they can! When I get a new one my grandmother just gives me the "Why, you!" face. lol My dad always asks me if they are real. lol They don't love me any less, though, and aren't "angry" that I have them. My grandmother is 82 and my dad is 72 so they are both old school lol
  13. Miss Slapstick

    Miss Slapstick New in Town

    My parents do not like the tattoos, but that's fine, I didn't ink my skin for them ;)
    As for reasons behind them and if they are "nobody else's business"..well..people get them for various reasons and we all feel different about them. I don't mind talking about them but I didn't put ink on my body for anyone else or to get attention. It is personal but I might talk if I feel like it. I guess it takes getting tattooed to understand.
  14. pineapplefruitcake

    pineapplefruitcake One of the Regulars

    I definitely agree that the best idea is to wait until you're 100% sure what you want, I've known roughly what I wanted for a tattoo for the past 2 years (in terms of design) and have been working on a specific design with an artist friend of mine for the past year and a half - now it's finally finished :) It'll be my first tattoo but the design incorporates symbols of a whole bunch of things that are really precious to me and the whole thing is to remember a trip i took last year which was my first time away from home fro so long and my first time working in my chosen career (albeit as an internship) which is as a zoologist. It's also meaningful as I've been suffering depression and anxiety for the past 5 years and that trip was the first time i felt like I had it under control enough to come back and get help which has been such a positive thing for me. I wouldn't have a problem explaining it to people if they asked but it's always going to mean so much more than I can easily express to people and I like that it will have both obvious parts to it as well as private things which are just for me. I emailed the place I'm hoping to get it done about a consultation and should hear back tomorrow but I probably wont be able to get it done until november (which is my 21st birthday :D) My parents aren't thrilled about it but I think they realise that its important to me and are ok with it as long as it isn't too big and i'm sure i wont regret having a tattoo (which I am!) Covering it up for work isnt a problem for me but Im getting it done on my shoulder blade so it will be easily covered if i need to for whatever reason. This is the design....

  15. Alice Blue

    Alice Blue One of the Regulars

    I'm going to have occasion to regret my ankle tattoo twice in one weekend: my uncle's memorial service on Saturday and a World War II event on Sunday. I suppose I'll look into tattoo makeup for these occasions. I didn't get one until I was in my forties, but now I'm worried that I'm "outgrowing" it. People change.
  16. pineapplefruitcake

    pineapplefruitcake One of the Regulars

    Booked in for the 21st of December so I'll post a photo when it's done :)
  17. fgradowski

    fgradowski One of the Regulars

    My tattoo isn't really an old school tattoo. I really don't care for that style, yet that seemed to be what most of the tattoo artists in town specialize in! I got this tattoo last January. It was seriously the most painful experience of my life. This is my first and only tattoo and he started at my ribs! Ouch. Anyways, I got it because I love giraffes. Everyone that knows me even the slightest bit knows that I love giraffes. The lettering is a circus print that I felt looked sort of vintage. I've been toying with the idea to add a heart shaped balloon that curves around my back for a while now, but I'm scared of the pain again!

  18. TheSacredFemme

    TheSacredFemme One of the Regulars

    Oh boy, I think the tattoo bug has bitten me once again. I just need to get up the courage and make 2014 the year I go for it. I keep forgetting that my shoulder blades are hardly ever exposed anyway, so it won't affect my work, the way I'm viewed etc
  19. TimeWarpWife

    TimeWarpWife One of the Regulars

    To answer the original question whether women in the 1940s had tattoos - no, "nice" women and men did not have tattoos. Even as late as the 1970s when I was growing up, "decent" people didn't get tattoos, only bikers, sailors, and women of "ill repute", shall we say, had them. I would never get one, nor would I ever encourage anyone else to get one because, frankly, I think they look trashy. I don't mean to offend anyone, perhaps it's because of the era I was raised in, but I just don't get why anyone would want to mark up their body like this. I regularly watch The Voice and I think Adam Levine is a very handsome man, but when he's wearing a short sleeve shirt that shows all those tattoos, it just really takes away from his looks to me. Guess I'm an old fashioned girl.
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2013
  20. Ooh, I have that apron pattern! Adorable fabric.

    Your grandmother and dad are only 10 years apart?

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