Rita , a 13 year old schoolgirl from the city of New York , has just returned from a birthday party from a friend’s house. She is in an animated discussion with her mother a haughty socialite of the metropolis. The topic of discussion is the female tattoo. “I want one too” she cajoles her fussy mother. Rita has seen a lady at the party who had a tattoo on her neck. The tattoo was nothing but a name of her boyfriend. She too wants a female Tattoo. She will not settle for any female tattoo. She wants something like what she has seen on her favorite actress Angelina Jolie. And all this while she expects her mother to find a good reason to give to her school principal, just in case it is found objectionable. The mother is aware of what is to come and also how she will cleverly dissuade her 13 year old rebel from the subject. But she also knows that once the girl commences college she would probably get her female tattoo.
The mid 60s saw the rise of the rebel in a woman. Those days considered social pariahs, these women building their own social network. Easily identified with their tattooed arms or necks or even torsos, their way of life began to gain acceptable norms. Soon these women were seen in the mainstream. Their “ethnicity” began to spread but in diluted forms. What took the top slot were the tattoos. Female tattoos manifested into a modest accessory amongst the post modern women. At first they had dainty and tiny subjects like small butterflies on the top part of their arms and slowly the size and locations too became more bold and striking. This was not a norm but yet there was a stoic set of women who stood their ground and carried the baton.
Female tattoos generally have gone though a metamorphic shift among young women. From dainty flowers and butterflies to bolder designs. A sleeve tattoo is also quite popular amongst the audacious bands of women who will walk the mile alongside a man. The designs can be flowery or sometimes bizarre. Even if it is a tiny beetle in bright yellow on the small of the back, it is being understood that the woman in question is letting out a bit of her rebel within her.
Contrary to the belief that” good girls” don’t go for tattoos, the celebrities and the socialites led the charge of female tattoos opening the gates to all and sundry who wished to make a style statement. These girls wanted to stand out from the crowds, although women from the previous generations had long given up thumbing their noses at them. Even so tattooing has become an industry of sorts with imagination firing up the costs to towering heights. Add to this the inherent female structure has made it imperative to make cleanliness an important aspect of the tattoo industry. All in all the female tattoo industry is here to stay.