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Pink Power: The Glorious Rise Of Pink Tattoos

Pink Power: The Glorious Rise Of Pink Tattoos
Tattoo Ideas1 min Read

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

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.

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.

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.

Pinkwork vegan tattoo by Kelly McGrath. #pinkwork #kawaii #girly #cute #KellyMcGrath

Pinkwork vegan tattoo by Kelly McGrath. #pinkwork #kawaii #girly #cute #KellyMcGrath

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!

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

If you're suddenly itching for some pink tattoos, you are going to go crazy over these:


Xavier
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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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