So many ladies...so little time...but with this collection of Traditional lady head tattoos, we gathered up some of our favorite pieces that really make our hearts go pitter patter! The sparkle in their eyes, their full and lovely lips, and even their soft flowing hair...we can easily see why so many sailors and soldiers got these babes inked on their body. Portrait tattoos can take many forms, and for these we see that our ideas of beauty and love can easily influence the art we collect or create. In this selection there are cowgirls, babes bedecked with butterflies, and even powerful Valkyrie's.
This particular design is iconic. Traditional lady head tattoos are some of the most popular, and we can see why. Each one has its own personality, imbued with small details that make her special. Some are from ancient legends, while others are figments of our imagination. In this article, we actually have two awesome tattoos that portray the story of the Valkyries. "In Norse mythology, a valkyrie (from Old Norse valkyrja "chooser of the slain") is one of a host of female figures who choose those who may die in battle and those who may live. Selecting among half of those who die in battle (the other half go to the goddess Freyja's afterlife field Fólkvangr), the valkyries take their chosen to the afterlife hall of the slain, Valhalla, ruled over by the god Odin. There, the deceased warriors become einherjar (Old Norse "single (or once) fighters". When the einherjar are not preparing for the events of Ragnarök, the valkyries bear them mead. Valkyries also appear as lovers of heroes and other mortals, where they are sometimes described as the daughters of royalty, sometimes accompanied by ravens and sometimes connected to swans or horses." These ladies are not to be messed with...they have your fate within their hands!
Many of these lady head tattoos are inspired by truly Old School design ideals and concepts. Take for instance the pin up girls. In the 1940's pin ups became extremely popular thanks to artists like Alberto Vargas. Vargas created hundreds of images for magazines that boys overseas would collect. The term "pin up" actually describes the action of tearing out the page decorated with your favorite gal and pinning it up in your bunk. It makes sense...many men during World War II were far from family and female companionship for years. Pin up photos helped ease that pain, and pin up tattoos made it even easier to carry an image of a beautiful woman with you always.
If the ladies aren't your kinda thang, we have tons more inspiration for Traditional tattoos in our archives, guides, and articles. Check out our newest piece on Nautical tattoos to learn a bit more about the symbolism behind some of our favorite Trad pieces! We also have tons of artists who specialize in this most beloved style. You can book with them directly through our site and app, and we hope you can easily find the inspiration to bring to your chosen tattooist! We are here to help...getting a tattoo can be intimidating sometimes. Hopefully, with Tattoodo, getting a tattoo just got way easier for you.