New York There’s a joke among tattoo artists that whenever Rihanna gets a new tattoo, droves of twenty-something women will soon come asking for the same.
A few years ago, the singer adorned the upper portion of her left ear with the outline of a star. Not many came asking then, but, in what seems to have been a self-fulfilling prophecy, more are now.
My wife has had an ear tattoo for years and she probably gets more comments on it than any of her other work. It seems that even heavily tattooed people are surprised to see an ear tattoo, but I guess that is changing.
Why are so many women getting tattoos? Eight inked women reveal the appeal of permanent markings.
When it comes to getting tattoos it seems woman hold a slight upper edge over men. In the United States 23 percent of the women have tattoos compared with only 19 percent of the men.
This is the first time tattooed woman have outnumbered tattooed men.
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.
Some positive sounding news to offset last week’s headline about a women being refused entry to a Japanese bath house because of her tattoos.
But Japan will have to learn to accept the ink art, as it is preparing to host the 2020 Olympic Games. For several weeks, Tokyo will host many cultures coming from all over the world, including more than a few tattooed athletes, officials and sports fans.
Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, said last week that private facilities have the right to run businesses by their own rules.
“But with people from various countries visiting our country for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, it is important to show respect for and further our understanding of various cultures. We must consider measures that are welcoming to foreign visitors,” he added.