For the lovers of vintage lingerie we know that you adore garter tattoos, but don't forget sultry stocking line tattoos.
In the early decades of the 20th century, women's skirts were finally shortened and they started wearing nylon hosiery. Stockings had that distinctive seam line at the back of the leg, lengthening it for an elegant and seducing look. Nylon stockings were indeed adorning pin-ups and famous icons of Hollywood, and became a key accessory of beauty.
During World War II, they were a luxury similar to jewels at the time, as they became a very rare object due to nylon being needed to enhance the war effort, and to keep their classy look, women drew the iconic lines on the back of their legs with a marker to maintain the illusion they could afford nylon stockings.
Now, stockings and tights are often seamless, and the vintage stocking lines are mainly coveted for retro outfits and burlesque. But elegant and enticing details are timeless, and stocking line tattoos have become as popular as garter tattoos, and you can't go to a tattoo convention without seeing a pretty pair of legs sporting these iconic (and oh so sexy) lines.
Part of the fun of stocking line tattoos is that talented tattoo artists can riff on the motif in creative ways that never would have been possible with nylon. Like the cute little flamingo below, of the watercolor designs above. It's a way to take '50s era chic and turn it into a modern masterpiece.
We hope you enjoyed these sexy stocking line tattoos, we certainly did.