Popular Tattoos: Classics Or Clichés?

jentheripper in Guides

It's not because it is trend.. that you can't get your personal twist on popular tattoos.

Tattoo art is all about open-mindness. At least, it should be. When they can bitch about others' tattoos, even tattooed people are happy to do it. They often forget two important things... First, the saying "Your body, your choice". It is not your body so why bothering if the ink is too cliché?

And secondly, we are always complaining about non-tattooed people badmouthing our tattoos. So why are we doing the same with our pears? There's a lot of talking about so-called cliché tattoos. Yes, there are trends and popular tattoos. Tattoo artists are sick of clients asking for something "really unique", just for them, with Pinterest's references...

But how can we call skull tattoos a classic, and another design a cliché? Oh, because it is on a woman? On a white woman? On a white hipster woman? These terms are clichés themselves. Everyone is unique. And if someone is willing to have ink that looks like popular tattoos, it's their choice. Perhaps the meaning is REALLY strong and deep for them.

Feather tattoos are among the most popular. By Tavci.
Feather tattoos are among the most popular. By Tavci.

Some popular tattoos can be given a very unique twist with creative tattoo artists and styles. If you want a tattoo but you're afraid to fall into the cliché section of tattoo websites, stop being afraid. It's not a cliché: it's a classic. And it means the world to you.

Roman numerals: hipsters thing or personal meaning? By Tattooist Doy.
Roman numerals: hipsters thing or personal meaning? By Tattooist Doy.

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Too many mandala tattoos? Never if gorgeous! By Olly at Black Dog Tattoos.
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Is it still cliché if the style is unique? By Nadi.
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Love tattoos are burying a relationship... or helping to build it. By Mico Goldobin.
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Nothing as personal as a tattoo. By Marie Roura.
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The dandelion tattoo: unfamous or famous? By Luca Braidotti.
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Tattoo placement is also subject to cliché controversy. But here again, whose choice is it? Yours! By Kristi Walls.
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Let's haters hate. By Keiji Murakami.
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Some tattoo styles will get harsh critics. By Ewa Sroka.
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By Mowgli and Emma Bundonis.
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Is a tattoo artist too trendy because he is on Pinterest? Who cares? By Dr Woo.
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It is perhaps meaningless in your culture, but we doesn't have all the same one... By Caco Menegaz.
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If the design is original, is it still a cliché tattoo? By Bartek Wojda.
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By Banul.
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Writer for art related medias. Fell in love with tattoo while researching for another passion, crime history. Travelling, admiring, sharing.

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