Pinkwork grim reaper tattoo by Shell Valentine. ShellValentine grimreaper pinkwork kawaii girly cute

Pink Power: The Glorious Rise Of Pink Tattoos

What's with the sudden mellow and cuteness overload and what on earth are pink tattoos? Here's what seems to be going on.

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Tattoos were supposed to represent solid and bold traditional styles composed of Sailor Jerry-inspired designs, fierce Oriental animals, and incomprehensible tribal marks. But all you'll be seeing these days are sparkles, pastel hues, and hearts shown alongside wicked neo traditional pieces and ornate designs. It's a hard contrast to the macho and badass image of tattoos once we start adding pink into the equation.

That's because they're trading in Sailor Jerry flashes for Sailor Moon pieces, vicious animals for the cutest critters, and tribal designs for kawaii tattoos. It's not wholly a feminist thing going on in the tattoo scene but simply embracing the kawaiiculture and being open to incorporate different ideas into tattoos. So, here you have - pinkwork tattoos.

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Pinkwork heart tattoo by lou_dctattoos. pinkwork kawaii girly cute heart rose floral pastel
Pinkwork heart tattoo by lou_dctattoos. #pinkwork #kawaii #girly #cute #heart #rose #floral #pastel

The term ‘pinkwork’ came from the Instagram account, pinkworkers, who shares any tattoo artists who specialize in anything ‘cute, girly, and pink.’ They feature works by tattoo artists like Sam Whitehead, Sarah K, and Rachel Baldwin who are known for their girly-inspired pieces.

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Pinkwork mandala tattoo by Melvin Arizmendi. mandala pinkwork kawaii girly cute MelvinArizmendi
Pinkwork mandala tattoo by Melvin Arizmendi. #mandala #pinkwork #kawaii #girly #cute #MelvinArizmendi

Most pinkwork tattoos feature pop culture themes and re-worked, cuter versions of common tattoos like mandalas, mermaids, and kewpies.

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Pinkwork vegan tattoo by Kelly McGrath. pinkwork kawaii girly cute KellyMcGrath
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Pinkwork also made way for talented female tattoo artists like Alex Strangler to put pinkwork tattoos into the mainstream. It's no longer uncommon to see glitter-studded pastel tattoos or a Hello Kitty tribute. Pinkwork tattoos are the tattoos your mom would likely feel more relieved to see rather than seeing her little girl get a rather large grim reaper on her arm. Or if you're getting a grim reaper anyway, screw it and go pinkwork then!

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Pinkwork grim reaper tattoo by Shell Valentine. ShellValentine grimreaper pinkwork kawaii girly cute
Pinkwork grim reaper tattoo by Shell Valentine. #ShellValentine #grimreaper #pinkwork #kawaii #girly #cute
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Pinkwork infinity tattoo by Lindsee Bee. LindseeBee infinity pinkwork kawaii girly cute floral flower
Pinkwork infinity tattoo by Lindsee Bee. #LindseeBee #infinity #pinkwork #kawaii #girly #cute #floral #flower
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Pinkwork perfume tattoo by Rizza Boo. RizzaBoo perfume pinkwork kawaii girly cute
Pinkwork perfume tattoo by Rizza Boo. #RizzaBoo #perfume #pinkwork #kawaii #girly #cute
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Pinkwork sparkly heart tattoo by Linnea Pecsenye. LinneaPecsenye heart sparkles pinkwork kawaii girly cute
Pinkwork sparkly heart tattoo by Linnea Pecsenye. #LinneaPecsenye #heart #sparkles #pinkwork #kawaii #girly #cute
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Pinkwork R2-D2 tattoo by Linnea Pecsenyu. LinneaPecsenye pinkwork kawaii girly cute r2d2 starwars geek
Pinkwork R2-D2 tattoo by Linnea Pecsenyu. #LinneaPecsenye #pinkwork #kawaii #girly #cute #r2d2 #starwars #geek
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Pinkwork storm in a teacup tattoo by Samantha Pixie Robson. pinkwork kawaii girly cute SamanthaPixieRobson storminateacup teacup storm ship
Pinkwork storm in a teacup tattoo by Samantha Pixie Robson. #pinkwork #kawaii #girly #cute #SamanthaPixieRobson #storminateacup #teacup #storm #ship
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Pinkwork self-love tattoo by Sam Whitehead. pinkwork kawaii girly cute SamWhitehead heart
Pinkwork self-love tattoo by Sam Whitehead. #pinkwork #kawaii #girly #cute #SamWhitehead #heart
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Pinkwork Fall Out Boy tattoo by Roberto Euán. pinkwork kawaii girly cute deer RobertoEuan fob falloutboy
Pinkwork Fall Out Boy tattoo by Roberto Euán. #pinkwork #kawaii #girly #cute #deer #RobertoEuan #fob #falloutboy
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Pinkwork pierced heart tattoo by Sarah K. pinkwork kawaii girly cute SarahK heart dagger heartdagger
Pinkwork pierced heart tattoo by Sarah K. #pinkwork #kawaii #girly #cute #SarahK #heart #dagger #heartdagger
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Pinkwork heart dagger tattoo by Laura Anunnaki. pinkwork kawaii girly cute pink sparkle heartdagger heart dagger cat LauraAnunnaki
Pinkwork heart dagger tattoo by Laura Anunnaki. #pinkwork #kawaii #girly #cute #pink #sparkle #heartdagger #heart #dagger #cat #LauraAnunnaki

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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