By Jodie Filan
Pin-up girls are not only popular for poster collectors, but they are also popular as the subjects for tattoo artists. Not-so-modest women depicted in alluring poses can be found tattooed on many men (and women) who appreciate the industry. Their beauty, charm, and daring behaviours appeal to individuals all over the world, as they symbolize and celebrate female femininity.
Pin-up girl tattoos originally became famous in the military. As nose-art (pin-up art on the front of fighter and bomber planes) gained popularity, so did these tattoos. Soldiers and sailors, lonely men isolated from women, had these tattoos done to remember what they left back home. The inspiration for these designs often came from female starlets such as Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe, as well as fantastical works with themes like 'Devil', 'Angel', or 'Cowgirl'. Designs of modern day aren't so different; Celebrities like Scarlett Johansson or Megan Fox still inspire pin-up tattoo artists, as well as original themed works.
Tattoos of pin-up girls are perfect ways for men to express the appreciation and attraction they have for women. Lovely, sultry females who aren't afraid of their own sexuality will immediately capture a man's attention; this fascination they hold can be freely expressed in body art. For women it is basically the same; they are celebrating their femininity and love for the genre. To them it is female empowerment, 'Girl Power' you may say. In its purest form, pin-up girl tattoos are an expression of attractiveness, lust, and charm.
So if you are thinking of getting a tattoo, consider a pin-up girl. This kind of tattoo goes well with both male and female genders, and gives you a chance to be creative with your design. Not sure what pin-up you want? Browse the internet. Works by Alberto Vargas or Joyce Ballantyne would translate well from paper to skin, as they are done with a blended technique with well defined anatomy and poses.
A pin-up girl tattoo will never go out of style, as it has already sustained its popularity for over 60 years! So go ahead and mull it over, find the perfect pin-up girl you desire, and appreciate female femininity for what it is.