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Feminine Tattoo Designs

Not all girls want girly tattoos. In fact, just calling a tattoo girly can be enough to make a woman who loves that tattoo design think twice about getting it. While men and women enjoy the benefits and pleasures of classic tattoo motivations such as memorial tattoos, military tattoos, biker tattoos and a variety of animal tattoo designs and botanical tattoo designs, the same tattoo design can look completely different on a woman than it does on a man. 

If you want to make sure that your tattoo design fits you perfectly, then it may pay off to make that tattoo design somewhat gender specific. While you do not have to forgo any tattoo design that makes you happy, making it fit your skin tone and your body shape can dramatically enhance your tattoo and take it from a work of art to being a truly living and breathing part of the story of your body and your life. 

Feminine tattoo designs tend to work with the lines of the female body. Sometimes this has to do with tattoo placement, and sometimes it has to do with the way that the design fits the area of the body. For example, masculine tattoos tend to run parallel to the lines of the body, such as tribal tattoos like armbands that can emphasize the size of the biceps or the calf muscles. However, feminine tattoos are generally placed to elongate the body, such as climbing vines, fairies with extended wings or flying butterflies. Even more abstract feminine tattoos, such as tribal art, still tend to be more stretched vertically than horizontally so that the tattoo appears to flow with the body. Rounder and more horizontal tattoos are often placed in areas that end in a point, such as at the small of the back or near the center of the pelvic region, or in areas that might be enhanced by appearing broader, such as the shoulders or the nape of the neck. 

While placement can play a major part in how feminine a tattoo design appears, the biggest distinction between distinctly male and distinctly female tattoos is almost always in the color palate. Feminine tattoos, even when they are identical in design to masculine tattoos, tend to have a softer color palette. They may contain brighter and more blended colors, and tend to be far less blocky and contain much less black than masculine versions of the same design. Furthermore, feminine tattoo designs are often drawn with the intent of having only thin lines separating the details or using only color to distinguish one area of the design from another. Tattoo artists who specialize in feminine tattoo designs and feminine tattoo imagery are often able to create incredibly realistic designs largely because they have learned to tattoo without the black lines. If you want a particularly feminine tattoo, it is wise to have a stencil and a color guide with you when you go to get your tattoo so that the artist can use these as a guide and will not have to rely as much on the black outlines that characterize many tattoo designs. 

There are many types of tattoo design that are distinctly feminine regardless of how they are portrayed. For example, many women get the female sign, a circle with a cross extending from the bottom of the circle, to represent their pride in being a woman, their faith in the women's movement or just the importance of womanhood to themselves and to society and culture. Getting the female sign tattooed on your body is a wonderful way to fully accept yourself and your strengths as a woman. It is nearly always a feminine tattoo, but there are men who also get this tattoo to express their love for women's physical or emotional or who are conflicted about their gender identity. However, the female sign tattoo design is nearly always the undisputed territory of proud tattooed women. Another common theme in feminine tattoos is the popularity of symbolic scripts. In the past decade, using Chinese symbols to indicate traits of value has become popular with both genders. Feminine versions of this trend tend to have more ornate lettering or additional decoration accompanying the symbol itself. As Chinese symbols have become nearly ubiquitous (and as many celebrities, such as Britney Spears, have been snared into getting symbols that ultimately do not mean quite what they thought they did, raising the profile of Chinese symbol tattoos in a somewhat negative manner), many tattoo aficionados have moved on to other symbolic scripts, such as Tibetan or Polynesian symbol tattoos. 

If you are a woman considering getting a tattoo, there is no reason to restrict yourself to feminine tattoo designs. However, if you are having trouble deciding what tattoo design you want or where to get your tattoo, then factoring in various attributes of typically feminine tattoo design may help you make your decision.



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Coffin Tattoos and Tattoo Designs

Coffin Tattoos are reminders of our mortality and the briefness of life. Death is an inevitable fate. Coffins also play a large part in vampire culture. It is the resting place for the undead while they wait out the sun's journey across the sky. Many coffin tattoos also incorporate vampire and gothic images as well as bats or bat wings.



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Compass Tattoos and Tattoo Designs

Compass tattoos are popular in sailor culture. Like the nautical star, the compass symbolizes the sailor's ability to find his way back to safety after being away a sea. Unlike today's water travelers, early sailors had only their wits and their compass to guide them through unchartered waters and unknown dangers. For those not into sailor or maritime culture, the compass tattoo can either symbolize that you are lost in your life or have finally found your way.



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Cosmetic Tattooing

When most people think of cosmetic tattoos, they think of lip liner tattoos and permanent makeup that will not wash off in the shower or in the pool. Many women in particular find this type of tattoo particularly attractive because they believe that it will free up time in the morning or that they will no longer fear getting wet or being active with their loved ones because they will not have to worry about makeup smearing and revealing their flaws. While our cultures dependency on cosmetics is of debatable merit, the fact remains that cosmetic tattooing is a highly attractive and highly available option. However, there is little objective information out there about the pros, cons and various options when it comes to cosmetic tattoos. 

Cosmetic tattooing is also called permanent cosmetics, semi-permanent cosmetics, permanent makeup and micropigmentation. These titles developed in large part because cosmetic tattoo practitioners and dermatologists feared that leaving the word tattoo in the name would frighten off a large portion of their target demographic, who might fear that tattoos would be too painful or who would never consider getting a more traditional tattoo as a form or body art or personal expression. However, cosmetic tattooing, no matter what it is called in the promotional materials, is still tattooing. A tattoo gun is used to insert ink under the skin in an invasive procedure that punctures the skin and forces in the ink. This sounds gruesome, but actually it is no different than getting any other type of tattoo and the same type of equipment is used, though it may have been customized to fit the cosmetic tattoo artist's needs and preferences. 

Cosmetic tattoo artists, like regular tattoo artists, go through extensive training to learn how to design and implement cosmetic tattoos. However, a traditional tattoo artist generally will not do cosmetic tattoos any more than a cosmetic tattoo artist has any business inking a butterfly tattoo on your shoulder. Cosmetic tattoo artistry requires experience in understanding how colors work with skin tones and also how the lines of the face are affected by the application of makeup. Many cosmetic tattoo artists are also licensed cosmetologists, and you should inquire about this certification before you agree to any cosmetic tattooing. Just like traditional artistic tattoo artists, cosmetic tattoo artists are required to have many hours of training before they should go out on their own and start tattooing. A good cosmetic tattoo artist will be able to show you an ample portfolio of work (both before and after pictures) as well as provide you with references if you request them. 

There are a lot of reasons that you might be interested in cosmetic tattooing:

Tattooed lipstick and lip liner can make lips appear fuller. 

Many women who have age lines around their mouths or whose mouths have become sunken as they age benefit from tattooed filler that makes their lips appear larger and more youthfully flushed. However, this procedure is very delicate, because if the artist does not have a good eye for this process, you can end up with permanent clown lips that look like you just did not understand how to use lip liner. 

Tattooed eyeliner can make your eyes always look finished and glamorous.

When it comes to eye tattoos, usually less is more. Most responsible cosmetic tattoo artists will balk at tattooing heavy eyeliner and shadow on your eyes, but prefer to use discreet colors that may bring out the eyes and can be supplemented with additional makeup. If you have makeup allergies and cannot wear eyeliner or eye shadow, then tattooed eye makeup can be the solution for you so that you can enjoy the look of eye liner without the swollen eyes and tears. 

Cosmetic tattooing can mask or completely camouflage scars. 

If your lips are seriously scarred or if you have had a mastectomy and now lack areolas or nipples, a realistic tattoo can make your scars nearly invisible even to a discerning eye. Many burn victims also use cosmetic tattooing to help cover up areas of skin that no longer have natural pigment. For this type of burn tattoo, you must work with a cosmetic tattoo artist that specializes in this area since scar tissue does not accept ink the same way regular skin tissue does. 

Cosmetic tattooing is very attractive as a concept, but it is every bit as permanent as any other tattoo, regardless of what your dermatologist calls it. Make sure that you are committed to your cosmetic tattoo decision by testing out your potentially permanent look just as you would with any other type of tattoo.

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