Tattooed body positive author Jes Baker learned to love her body by choosing different tattoos on body parts she hates the most.
Tattoos played an important part in Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls author Jes Baker’s road to self-love when she decided to particularly start getting tattooed on places she hated the most in her body to keep her from concealing them. It's a beautiful way to take her first steps to loving her body the way it is—in its full form.
Her first tattoo was on her arm—a spot she didn’t feel comfortable showing off—which was the start of something new between the way she associated tattoos with her way of loving her body.
That was a good eight years ago. The bubbly 28-year-old is now bursting with self-love and new found appreciation for her body. The tattoos were only part of the journey to becoming an unapologetically confident and proud woman with a figure that’s not supposed to be gracing magazine covers or print ads. (Take that, Abercrombie & Fitch!)
Before coming to terms with herself and learning to love her body the way it is unconditionally, Baker went through the arduous and depressing stages of hating herself and trying to fit in to the mould society used to represent what everybody should aspire to look like. “I was in complete denial about my body, I just knew that I hated it,” she confided with Inked Magazine.
But these days, Jes is impervious to any negativity the world may throw her way because she found her confidence and she won't be losing it any time soon. “I wear unapologetically tight clothing that throws people off because I am not trying to hide,” she said. “My tattoos are most certainly one of the ways that I demand to be seen.”
“I started to get tattooed on the places I hated on my body. Arms were a really big deal. I got this giant shoulder piece and then I wanted to wear sleeveless shirts so people could see it because I loved it. It kind of took away my excuse of not showing my arms,” she shared.
“I started getting tattooed on the underside of my arms which was really scary and then I got tattooed on my side, like belly side, so that was really interesting,” she added.
Jes is an active speaker for the body positive movement, pointing out the fallacy in the way the media represents the kind of thinking women should adapt to achieve the body they want them to think they want and should have. She spent so many years feeding into this but now she found her voice and strung them together into a book, empowering many others into following her lead and the trail of her ink.