I'll admit it: personally, I'm tatt-less. I'm the kind of person who considers a bumper sticker too "permanent." What if I suddenly *don't* want to save whales or listen to NPR anymore? What if it turns out that "NPR" also stands for the National Project for Racism? What if people take it the wrong way?
Silly, I know. And yet, my 30-year-old self wouldn't have been thrilled with whatever my 20-year-old self would have inked onto her body, which makes me wonder if my 40-year-old self will someday feel the same way about today's me. If I *had* to get a tattoo, I'd probably choose a cuff: a row of books like a library shelf, wrapping once around my upper arm. I'd have my all-time favorite books written in as the titles, leaving plenty blank for future favorites. (Yes, I am a dork. Surely, by now, that comes as no surprise.)
In any case, I know that tattoos are often part of the lesbian fashion repertoire--and for good reason! At best, they can make your body into a sexy canvas. See exhibit A, sent in by a reader:
I mean, yowza, right?? They can also just be super artistic. Here's another one someone sent in--one I thought was particularly cool:
And of course, tattoos also have personal meaning for many of their wearers. Some of the tatts people sent in included people's names, special symbols, memorials, or spiritual/religious significance. For example, one reader has this ancient Christian symbol to ward off evil tattooed just southeast of her belly button (and yes, that placement is hot):
So many dozens of butches sent in pictures of their tattoos that rather than choosing among them, I've made a slide show so you can see ALL of them. Enjoy!
What a cool collection of pictures--thanks for the submissions!
Now, some questions for you:
Looking forward to reading your comments.