Women are using their legs and thighs as the place to display their body art in a new tattooing craze that has gripped inner city suburbs.
In past decades, if a woman had a tattoo, it was likely to be discreet or hidden from public view. Multiple, prominent tattoos were more likely to be seen on men.
But now anecdotal evidence suggests the number of women getting large amounts of ink on their bodies is sharply on the rise.
BBC News spoke to artists and visitors at the International Tattoo Convention in London to find out about the latest trends in female body art.
Last weekend saw some 20,000 tattoo enthusiasts and artists descend on London’s Docklands to revel in and share the art that has literally become a part of them.
The main attraction? The ninth International London Tattoo Convention, one of the most prestigious annual body art conventions in the world, held at Tobacco Dock, Shadwell, and run by organisers Tattoo Life Magazine.
Feeling an urge to get some body art in D.C.? You may soon have an extra day to mull it over.
A set of regulations for tattoo artists and body piercers unveiled today would mandate a 24-hour wait between when a customer requests a tattoo or piercing and when they can actually get it.
I don’t think it’s the governments place to step in and tell people how long they need to wait in order to get a tattoo, but I also think that getting a tattoo less than 24 hours after meeting your artist is probably not the best idea either. People are going to make a huge deal over this, but it will most likely stop a fair amount of people from making stupid tattoo decisions.
Interesting study, but hardly anything we didn’t already know.
According to new research by Dr Andrew Timming of St Andrew’s University School of Management, no matter how well-qualified a job-seeker might be, the negative perception of body art on the part of customers meant that they were far less likely to be employed.
But there is hope as the younger generations grow older.
“Several respondents pointed out that intolerance to tattoos is currently strongest amongst the older generations. That, coupled with the increasing prevalence of tattoos in younger people, points to a future in which body art will become largely normalised and accepted,” Dr Timmings said.
“Tattooed applicants can take comfort in the fact that the stigma associated with body art appears to be on the wane and that, as a corollary, there will likely be an increase in the number of potentially sympathetic tattooed hiring managers.”