By Cory Doctorow at 7:50 am Tue, Apr 26, 2011
Snow White tattoo
I’ll get it right out of the way – I’m not a fan of tattoos, at all. So while I do think the tattoo artwork here is really quite nice (though I wonder if we’d think so if it wasn’t in tattoo form), I can’t help but noticing that this girl’s body and skin is really rather nice to begin with… I personally feel her bare skin would be more beautiful.
Possibly, of course, she has disfiguring birthmarks or something. That doesn’t appear to be the case, but while I usually find birthmarks and so on endearing and character-making (even on girls with otherwise beautiful, flawless skin), I can sorta understand why someone would chose to cover such things up with tattoos.
Yep, basically I just don’t understand tattoos. This girl has a beautiful body – why is this necessary? And for those that *don’t* have beautiful bodies, tattoos can only really make things worse.
I don’t mean to cause offense to tattoo-wielders, just airing my worthless opinion. To be fair, I have seen well-done and beautiful/meaningful tattoos that totally seem appropriate and fitting for their wielders, but those are very rare exceptions.
I’m ignoring the copyright issue, since I think it’s irrelevant, so I thought I’d better mention it once :)
Nicely said, and I agree.
I don’t know why, but my visceral reaction to tattoos is always negative. I have no problem with people doing what they like with their own bodies, and probably the large majority of people I know have SOME amount of tattoo, piercing or other body modifications. Its really not an issue in my friendships/relationships, but its always just THERE.
The best answer I can give and what I believe is the best reason as to why people get tattoos is that they do it for themselves, not others. I always tell people that if you’re going to get ink make sure it has meaning. If it’s not something you’re confident you’ll be _proud_ of in 10 years it’s not worth getting.
Jennybean42, I have several large scars from an accident and subsequent surgeries, including a full-length vertical abdominal scar, and gave the zipper serious consideration as well but I’ve noticed most people get a little queasy when I even suggest doing it. Ultimately, I got a design based on a pendant my wife, girlfriend at the time, got me in the hospital; it’s the only scar I like. I’m proud to see it in the mirror every morning, it reminds me some good came out of the experience (my relationship with my wife); no one but me and her sees it because it’s on my back, but I never got it for anyone other than myself anyway.
“Wielders”? Are tattoos weapons? Do you feel threatened by them? Do you see them as perhaps tools, which one wields in order to do something useful? What curious terminology!
Mine are part of my body, thanks, and like anything else that’s a part of any body anywhere anywhen, “appropriate” isn’t for you to decide. Thanks!
@jennybean42, wow, it must be fun and restful to be secure! Let me know how that’s working for you. I’ll attribute your posting here, not to your own possible insecurities, but to a helpful desire to help us insecure inked folk be more like you, to wit, secure! Thanks!
That out of the way, I wonder where the rest of the Seven Dwarves are? Their positioning would seem to raise delicate questions of placement and composition, to say the least!
I don’t think people get offended by your opinion…
you ask: “though I wonder if we’d think so if it wasn’t in tattoo form”
Maybe not, but that is irrelevant. Art is always inseparable from the medium. The medium has its own limitations and all that. Even canvas has interesting limitations. Look at the Dutch masters (Vermeer and such) and see the amazing colours and textures they got. Not done on canvas, but on specially treated hardwood panels.
An ink piece on paper vs an ink piece on wood vs an ink piece on skin all have different characteristics.
I know quite a few people with tattoos, and although the “look at me” attitude fits some (as well as silly youthful decisions) others have done art which is generally not seen by anyone else (living in northern europe and having a tattoo on your back…. not the most visible of places.. same with legs above the ankle, and high on the arms).
Plenty of extremely self secure people with tats. I don’t have any, but aim to have a large one done in the future, a concept piece. It will be hidden by clothes almost all the time, and is for myself and my wife/family
“This girl has a beautiful body – why is this necessary?”
Why does it have to be necessary? Can’t it just be fun? Have you considered the possibility that she’s not doing this to please you, but to please herself? I don’t see why people would need to defend what they do with their own body, especially when it’s something spectacular such as this.
Mind you, I’m not a tattoo fan. I only have a single wedding tattoo, and that’s it. And most tattoos are pretty lame and boring in my opinion. But this one is pretty spectacular. You rarely see colours like this in tattoos, and the whole thing is very nicely done.
My husband has an anecdotal evidence only theory that tattoos, enormous piercings, elf ears, scarification, etc. are done by insecure people who feel the need to yell “HEY! LOOK AT ME!” in order to get attention. He then brings up other aspects of their emotional lives that do the same to support his theory.
That said, I have a large surgery scar on my torso and if tattoo artists hadn’t told me that tats don’t do very well over scar tissue, i would have wanted to tattoo a big zipper there.
I have several tats myself but they are all chosen with great care and actually can’t be seen until I’m in no more than a tank top and a pair of shorts.
But I rather agree about those that do huge sleeves, crazy ear plug things, piercings etc. They are quite much.
Oh, it’s definitely Photoshopped – I can tell by the pimples.
I don’t like tattoos either.
Someone once told me, if the Nazis ever return and you end up in jail/in a camp, they’ll take your tattoo from your body and turn it into a lamp shade.
Why not paint it on a t shirt? That’s much more safe and sensiible.
The whole WWII Nazi tattoo lampshade thing is most likely a myth. There is no known physical evidence to support it (although some Nazis kept tattooed skin as “souvenirs”).
You are of course talking about future Nazis, so I guess anything is possible.
But may have happened. See:
From Night Action Tattoo… on flickr
That’s absolutely gorgeous. I’m not a Disney fan, but the colors are just beautiful.
Mmmmm, even comes with a pair of delicious poison apples… nomz.
As a tattoo bearer with every intention of getting more, I love the idea that a person can alter what nature gave them. Just like scars can tell stories, tattoos can represent you in ways that random physically-manifested genes can not.
What’s with all the tat haters? I think the tattoo is great and without seeing the rest of her pretty hot too. I have two tattoos that are not in places that can be seen normally. I got them because I wanted them and they have significance in my life. I would argue that is the case for the majority of tattoo bearers out there. It’s actually kind of insulting that you would label an entire sub-culture as being insecure attention whores.
I don’t think there are any haters here (yet, anyway). Some people just don’t “get it”, and are curious and interested. :)
Being curious is fantastic and I’m sure just about anyone with a visible tattoo would be more than accommodating if you asked about it. I was just a little surprised when it seemed like some of the comments were headed in a non-curious and more derogatory direction.
Would it have killed the photographer to ask her to remove her halter top?
Had to invent that complaint. Nice artwork.
Just happened to find this on the linked Flickr set from the post:
No halter top in the way and a tad lower to see at least MOST of the design.
What a wonderful photo of some amazing artwork..and look, not a single tribal tattoo anywhere.
Ah, to look like a child’s bedspread for the rest of one’s natural life.
“I wonder where the rest of the Seven Dwarves are?”
I took a look, it appears they are going to the mines singing “high hoe”. Butt on the bright side at least Bashful is leading the charge.
Disney lawyer: “Your choice: the blowtorch or the cheese grater.”
liking or not liking tattoos never entered my mind. I got to wondering when Disney will go after her for copyright violation and what the outcome could be. (this is what happens when you read this article right after the one on cannibalism)
Once tattooed you can never be nude.
Ah, the smug and self-congratulatory contempt of the non-inked. Never get tired of it. Honestly folks, there really are some things in this world that people do that have fuck-all to do with you or your valuable attention. Do some people body-mod for attention? Sure. But the idea that all or even most people who body-mod do it for just for attention is an arrogant and prejudiced assumption that speaks more about the person making that assumption than anything else.
the idea that all or even most people who body-mod do it for just for attention is an arrogant and prejudiced assumption that speaks more about the person making that assumption than anything else.
Thank You. The person who’s the owner of this beautiful piece of artwork needs neither your approval nor your narrow minded and poorly reasoned judgments.
I’m always surprised how much “anti-Happy Mutants” commentary this kind of post on BB gets…
As one of the “non-inked” (I am also non-redheaded, non-left-handed, non-Jewish, non-Christian, non-Russian-speaking, non-genius, non-hamster, non-na-non-non-na-non…) I don’t give a hoot what you choose to do with your own body. But I do find it interesting that you lump the “non-inked” into a smug and self-congratulatory group worthy of scorn, especially when you are calling someone out for judging others. I am equally put off by the comments from the judgmental puritanical twits as well as those with extreme tattitude. Nobody likes to feel judged. How about we all try to show a little respect, even for things we don’t understand?
I’ll start off by saying that while I would never get a tattoo, it’s not for any reason other than my own flighty tastes. I have merely to look at a picture of myself from the 80’s to be grateful that those clothes aren’t permanently attached to my body. However, I can certainly appreciate it as artwork, and be impressed by the security and confidence of those who display such works of art. Why anyone would assume someone with tattoos is insecure is beyond my comprehension.
Except that everyone is insecure, likely for much of the time. I’m rather confused by the (unspoken) assumption throughout the thread that there’s some happy group of secure people living without doubts and regrets somewhere, with tattoos, without, living on Mars, what have you.
I’m an incredibly insecure person on so many things, and have to work to be cool with this: from being cool with myself comes security. But my ass-kicking full-sleeve is ass-kicking regardless of how I’m feeling that day! The inked third layer of my epidermis has very little to do with my mental state, I assure you.
I did word that badly. I was speaking not of those who have no tattoos as a whole but those who are smugly self-congratulatory and superior about not having tattoos. Apologies, since I definitely would not judge those who have no ink at all; it’s a lifetime commitment (barring surgical removal), costly and it does hurt.
As far as the insecurity thing, I couldn’t tell you for certain why people push that idea so much. Easy excuse to be a dick to other people I guess, since the “insecure attention whore” thing falls apart when you’re making that claim about people with full back, chest, sleeve or leg tattoos that are nearly always covered by clothing.
Luckily there was no Lady and the tramp stamp.
I love tattoos. I do not have any. I can not see myself living with a piece of art that is not mobile like a painting hanging on a wall. But I love tattoos nonetheless.
I am a designer / artist. I am into textures, surface features, stuff like that. Skin is so fascinating up close. The variety of textures is incredible. Now, add the visual excitement of a wonderfully executed tattoo and man, you got sumpthin awright!
But, to the implied query posed in the posting, to wit:
Would Disney go after the person who has a tattoo of their characters rendered by a non Disney certified artist? I see them trying to go after the tattooist but not going after the tattooee.
As for being proud of my (almost never visible) tattoo, part of the reason I got it was that my then-23-year-old self wanted future-me to have a reminder of what it was like to be 23 and carefree enough to get a tattoo.
Your reply is exactly the kind of thing I was looking for. That is a happy mutant attitude. Cheers.
I feel the same way about my criminal record.
I guess what I *should* have said was:
My husband thinks that all you people with tattoos are insecure attention whores and you suck.
Because, well, damn.
All other comments about copyright, disney, and tattooing aside, it is very well done for what it is.
As opposed to these:
…and now welcoming eighth dwarf, Buttholey!
Seriously, she looks stupid and it isn’t even actually that good – look at the queen’s mouth and Snow White’s nose for example – a mess.
The queen’s mouth is spot on. Classic Disney-villain, sniffing a turd.
It’s a pretty tattoo, if you like Disney characters and all, but yeah, what’s going on with Snow White’s nose? Kind of odd looking.
It may just be too much shading, but also could be a trick of the camera if someone messed with it in photoshop afterwards. It may not look exactly like that in person.
I’m in the camp of people that wants to fill his back with tattoos, but still is struggling to find the right designs that I can live with a few years from now.
It has gotten a little easier now that I have a baby daughter, since commemorating those sorts of things is easier and will help pop my tattoo cherry, so to speak. :)
I’m insecure. I don’t have a tattoo yet because I can’t think of anything cool enough to have because, as someone else posted, my styles and interests change over the years.
Actually, you have to have some serious cojones to get a large-sized tat AND put up with what the haters will undoubtedly say about you. You’ve got to be pretty confident to do that. So, whoever said tat-wearers are insecure…I really doubt that.
As a writer, I would lean toward a text tattoo, but then, a picture says a thousand words. I don’t know. I have to get my cojones back from my wife so I can think further upon this.
Finally, on opportunity to be literally flayed alive by the Disney Corporation.
I was loving this until I saw the animal print on her right arm.. just erase that shit now!
Also the skull on the bottom left is throwing me for a bit of a loop.
All tattoo/copyright opinions aside, I absolutely love what the artist did for Snow White’s dress. I dislike the original as it doesn’t match and the artists couldn’t decide what time period it’s in. Not that those problems have been fixed, but it certainly looks better.
One aspect of this tattoo is that could easily cause a particular sexual intercourse position to seem kind of creepy.
Did you all go off your meds today?
The meds went off me, rather. Damn meds! I feel so . . . insecure.
I’ve added more meds!!! Ahhhh!!!!!
I like it. I’ve always liked tattoos. (Does that make me a Mac or PC person, I wonder?) I have none myself, because the times when I had a concept in mind, I didn’t have the money, and once I had the money, I couldn’t decide on a concept. And now I can’t really spare the money for such an indulgence.
Maybe one of these days, assuming Avalon in Pacific Beach is still in business.
I found out the 60-year-old divorcee I used to work with got a ladybug tattooed on her butt………………
CowTip: She’s wearing a thin string around her waist, but the blue jeans are tattooed on her body.
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It means that I have chosen NOT to have tattoos. Do not confuse this with not being ABLE to have a tattoo. I could have a tattoo if I desired to. I do not. Now, you may find this a bit odd. You may think, doesnâ€™t every normal BoingBoinger want to have at least one tattoo of his/her/its own?
We are a group of adults who all share at least one common desire: we do not wish to have tattoos of our own. We are teachers, doctors, business owners, authors, computer experts, cupcake-bakers, makers, knitters – you name it. We choose to call ourselves â€œinkFREEâ€ rather than â€œtattooless,â€ because we feel the term â€œtattoolessâ€ implies that weâ€™re missing something we want – and we arenâ€™t. We consider ourselves inkFREE – free of the loss of personal freedom, money, time, dermal area and energy that having tattoos requires.
Because being inkFREE-by-choice is rather frowned upon by our counter-cultural-centric society, finding information (or links to information) is difficult. Most of us are almost afraid to ask someone who might know where we can find what weâ€™re looking for. . .the disapproving stares and cries of, â€œHow can you not want a tattoo?!â€ often send us into a form of â€œhiding.â€ We feel like freaks and donâ€™t realize exactly how many of us and exactly how much information is actually out there. This comment attempts to remedy that problem.
New keyboard, sir! Or at least a napkin, please…
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