If you’re new to the neo pin-up and vintage scenes, you’ll notice something that was not part of the original looks the first time they came around—tattoos. Much more culturally acceptable today, tattoos for women and pin-up seem to go hand in hand. It is part of the culture of individuality and support I admire in pin-up, and because of the personal nature of tattoos, I love that no two women will look exactly the same; even if they are wearing identical outfits.
But can I be really honest about something? I’ve been wanting to do this article for a while now, and in researching this subject more, I’ve noticed an odd pattern in modern tattoo magazines: though they feature beautiful women displaying awesome tattoo work, they are mostly geared to men.
You can imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon this little gem at my local Chapters. Missy/Ink Magazine is a quarterly Canadian tattoo magazine written for women by women. Not only does it feature awesome photos of women celebrating their individuality and incredible tattoos, but includes articles and subjects like you’d find in Elle or Cosmopolitan: dealing with motherhood and prejudices regarding tattoos; tips on taking your look from daytime to evening; even the top five sexy foods that really are aphrodisiacs! I also find it fun to see many of the dresses and outfits that either my friends or I have adorn the pages in glorious Technicolor. Just brings it all home, you know? 😉
In their own words, here is the mission statement for Missy/Ink Magazine from the publishing team’s website:
“In a world where women are told what’s hot and what’s not, Missy/Ink hopes to show the beauty in all women. We are dedicated to representing all shapes and sizes of women and encourage positive body image. Missy/Ink is committed to the highest quality imagery as well as rich and well thought-out editorial content that women can relate to. Missy/Ink is more than just a magazine, it’s a lifestyle.”
Sounds a little familiar, doesn’t it? No wonder I was so drawn to this magazine in the first place.
I’ve seriously considered getting a tattoo off and on, but have decided not to at this time because of my commitment to donating blood and the One Match program. (Even if you are healthy, Canadian Blood Services will not let you donate blood for six months after you’ve gotten a tattoo, or had ear or body piercing done.) And as much as I like neo pin-up, I prefer having virgin skin. That’s just my personal preference. Heck, I don’t even have my EARS pierced. But that’s just me. 🙂 Guess I’ll have to stick with temporary tattoos in the meantime.
I’m sure you probably know this, but as with any kind of procedure, please do your research and think carefully before you go under the needle. Be sure that the person is a reputable artist, and that they run a sterile, safe operation. And remember, unlike your Facebook status, tattoos are PERMANENT. Yes, a good artist can rework a tattoo you don’t want any more into something awesome, but removing it entirely will require laser surgery. Tattoo removal procedures are much better than they were 20-30 years ago, but they are not perfect, and can take several treatments to remove everything. These works of art should be chosen with great care and thought; not plastered on in the middle of a drunken spree ala The Hangover.
Missy/Ink Magazine is available at Chapters/Indigo stores and other small retailers across Canada. You can also purchase the magazines online in digital format. For more information, please visit their website directly at www.missyink.com.
Always with love,
The Canuck Pin-up