Tattoos: Happiness & Exile

The link between tattoos and fashion has been fashionable since the 1860’s and probably before that, so it isn’t new, but much has changed in the past few years – where they where once hidden beneath the sleeves, having a tattoo is now part of the modern guys style. And probably David Beckham was the first true celebrity that pushed tattoos to being beautiful adornment for the modern male ink movement, making them part of the male essential image. And whether it was conscious or not, his tattoos have increased the visibility of inking around the globe, but also the family man image, well dressed continuously and a great athlete, have managed to dispel the ‘bad boy’ image that in latter years tattoos seems to have had.

So, looking to start having your first tattoo? No matter how madly in love your are now, putting your S.O’s name on your body is a risky choice. Bee 100% sure that you can send behind your choice for the rest of your life. As a tattooist of mine once said, “You want it removed? Ok, let me get the saw”

Where do you start? With something small on the back of the arms? On the legs, across the chest, maybe the back? If you’re new to tattooing, there’s no shame in starting small. Give yourself a chance to learn the process, how your skin takes ink, how your body heals and how to take care of it (for example by using a specific tattoo cream) Nothing wrong with pushing yourself, but on a first tattoo it’s more than fine to respect your body’s limits. Just think about how much of your body is really sensitive. Yeah, keep away from the groin area mate.
Indeed, from those that started off with the odd tat on the arm, now we’re talking about full sleeves, necks, legs and sometimes the spill onto the face.
When it comes to arms, it is a matter of design and a very personal to the guys that’s having it done. Carefully planned out each sleeve, sketching and designs on paper, taking it over with the tattoo artist, and so on. It’s a matter of art. But that’s how it is, when you get your arms inked, from a distance the sleeves make them look tough, but these guys know better than anyone how to ink up their arms in a strategic, meaningful way.
You’re altering your body for life. If that’s not worth a decent investment, I don’t know what is.
It is truly happiness and exile.