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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

    Well, plenty of "nice" and "decent" ladies and gentlemen do these days. Don't judge a book by its cover. I think what helps many people who don't "get" tattoos is to simply think of them as modern pieces of art. Granted I don't believe every tattoo can be considered artistic, but I believe the people who frequent the fedora lounge have a specific, special aesthetic and they know how to find a tattoo that is not only one of a kind, but also eclectic and well crafted. :D
  2. Dorota

    Dorota New in Town

    Here author, while describing Juanita Carberry mentions 'In 1946, Carberry became one of a handful of women to join the merchant navy, remaining for 17 years. It was during this period, (...), that she started acquiring tattoos.' I wish I looked as good as she does in this picture, when I'm her age.
  3. TheSacredFemme

    TheSacredFemme One of the Regulars

    Oooh, I've been bitten by the tattoo bug again. I'm hankering for a lovely piece incorporating sewing items (an old singer, thimble, scattered pins and thread) to reflect my profession as Costumier. Boo, if only I could get over my wish for an authentic aesthetic.

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  4. Lady Day

    Lady Day I'll Lock Up Bartender


    I always though this one was wicked.
  5. BettyMaraschino

    BettyMaraschino Familiar Face

    Hate to encourage, but I have 9 or 10 tattoos, only two can be seen if I am wearing a skirt or dress :) You have me thinking and planning my next tattoo now though....possibly incorpirating my first sewing machine (1921 singer)......the cogs are a turning in my brain now :D
  6. TheSacredFemme

    TheSacredFemme One of the Regulars

    Ooh, can't wait to see it!
  7. LadyBaltimore

    LadyBaltimore Familiar Face

    Books like this make me want to run out and get inked:


    But I know myself well enough to know I'm not only indecisive but my tastes are always evolving and the odds of me wanting the same tattoo down the road are about zilch. I'll stick to admiring others' tattoos. ^_^

    Edit: Oh sorry, I didn't realize that photo was so big, I'm not sure how to resize, since it seems photos can only be linked to?
  8. MarieAnne

    MarieAnne Practically Family

    This thread has been around for a while. Did women back then go on internet forums and talk about half-moon manicures and pincurls? No ... and here we are. Does it really matter if it's something women did then? Probably not. But the fact you are asking this question makes me believe you are on the fence. And if that's the case, don't do it. Get a piercing instead. Do something that is less permanent. As far as tattoos are concerned (and I have absolutely nothing against them), they should not be done or be not-done (?) based on others' opinions. You will do what you will, but if you need to ask around, you are probably not a good candidate.
  9. Amy Jeanne

    Amy Jeanne Call Me a Cab

    Yes to all of this. It's those fence-sitters that go and get crappy flash done and then loudly regret the tattoo a few years down the road -- and these are EXACTLY the people who make those of us dedicated to getting good body art and love each and every one of our tattoos LOOK BAD! I have quite a few. The only ones I don't care for are two on my back I got in my early 20s. The rest I got after age 31, all by the same artist, all the same style, and all the same theme. I plan each tattoo, what it will be, and where it will go. I'm serious about it.
  10. BettyMaraschino

    BettyMaraschino Familiar Face

    Can't agree more. All my tattoos apart from one was planned in great detail and then left to sit in the brain for 6months to a year. Mull it over, twiddle with the design, think some more.
    The ones that I didnt plan so well arent my favourite. But they remind me that not everything needs to be rushed into! Sort of a foolish reminder lol. They are bows on my hips, one either side, in that pant line area, so they will never be seen even in swimwear (or they could be if I ever got the courage to be that brief with my swimwear lol) - only manshape and I know they are there. But then I would never complain as it was my own fault. ;)
  11. Amy Jeanne

    Amy Jeanne Call Me a Cab

    The two I'm not crazy about are on my back and I pretty much forget about them lol I have Louise Brooks on my shoulder and self-drawn tramp stamp of my initial with mudflap girls. The tramp stamp wouldn't be bad if my current artist fixed it up. Buttttt......I'm too busy getting new ones I can see!
  12. Dorota

    Dorota New in Town

    I just came across an article (in Polish) about tattoos being the new fashionable way of decorating one's body for American ladies:
    'Kalejdoskop' magazine, March 1926.
  13. Grant Fan

    Grant Fan Practically Family

    I have 3. Two of them are about 9x5 inches maybe a bit larger one on each thigh, and one about 3x5 on my ribs. You can only see them in swimsuits, or when I have shorts on.
  14. Apple Blossom

    Apple Blossom New in Town

    Whoo, that was a lot of reading to catch up! Someone mentioned (very early on in the thread, sorry for rehashing!) wanting to get stocking seams inked if you could get rid of them and I had a thought, actually --- there's a method of tattooing eyebrows that fades, isn't there? I think I've heard that the needle doesn't deposit the ink far enough into the skin to make it permanent (I could be very wrong) and it made me wonder if any tattoo artist who's done eyebrows would consider doing the same sort of semi-permanent inking on stocking seams? Being a big girl (very big ;), it's a pain to find seamed stockings in my size and this kind of thing with a very subtle seam under modern pantyhose might be just the thing.
  15. Dorota

    Dorota New in Town

    And another tattooed lady from that era, but it would really be hard to call her an average girl next door (something to do with being filthy rich, owning an island, sleeping with Marlena Dietrich ad racing speedboats ;-) )
    Joe Carstairs - more about her life here


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  16. FrauleinNina

    FrauleinNina New in Town

    Be still my sapphic heart!

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