PIN-UP INKS -
I’ve been thinking about getting my first INK lately, not necessarily right away, but when I am ready and have a great artist and a great design sorted. In my ‘research’, it is really amazing how great some GREAT TATTOOS can be. It is also apparent that there are some really HORRID, I mean UGLY, BAD Tattoos out there.
One of the hardest tattoos to nail are portraits and pin-ups. These require a lot of planning and a really experienced artist. Kat Von D is known for her amazing ability to get portraits that look right, she often talks about the challenges of this kind of work. One thing to consider is where it is going to be placed and the quality of the skin. When you tattoo a flat image on a curved or creased surface, it changes the proportions of the face, so getting the image to look true to life is really a challenge. You can’t go too dark, you can’t heavy hand it, and you need to be realistic about expectations.
When a Pin-Up Tattoo is done well, is can be a work of art, utterly stunning, whether true to life portrait style, Anime, artistic, or vintage painterly style. When they go wrong, they can be tragic, mangled hands and feet, smooshed faces, obscure or muddied features, and ugly ugly girls. I won’t show you heaps of AWFUL TATTOOS, you can google up heaps, but here are some of my favorite Pin-up tattoos after taking a gander at heaps of them. I don’t have artist names or canvas credits, but you can google “Best Pin-Up Tattoos” and find these and others if you are interested.