If there’s one thing that we’ve learnt from one of the most successful TV Shows in history, it’s that there’s more than one way to express yourself through fashion. With global influences and eccentric trends varying from country to country, it’s fair to say that the way we buy and wear clothes has changed significantly over the past decade. It might not surprise you that one of the most prominent fashion designers of the 21st century is also one of the most famous Hollywood actors of all time. If you follow the lead of men like Robert Pattinson, you’ll quickly realise that clothing is something you can use to express yourself as a man. In this case, the Australian actor wore a striking tattoo on his chest to promote his new film, The Lost City. The design is the symbol of the punk movement that emerged in the 1970s and has since become an international fashion icon. It’s a statement that resonates with this year’s trending trends and fashion styles. Of course, you don’t need to be a high-profile Hollywood celebrity to sport this emblematic tattoo. It’s definitely not reserved only for the A-listers anymore.

Tatts For the Modern Man

It should come as no great surprise that men are leading the way in terms of body art. As well as the celebrities mentioned above, the likes of Shia LaBeouf, Jon Hamm, and Travis Bickle have all gotten in on the act. Furthermore, men account for the vast majority of people getting inked in the first place. While it used to be associated with gang members and criminals, today getting a tattoo is more commonplace than ever. Self-expression is one of the leading motivations for getting inked. As we’ve established, fashion plays an important role in the life of a man. It can be a means of self-expression that is easily accessible and, in most cases, won’t hurt much (if at all). This is one reason why we’re seeing such high levels of interest in getting inked. It’s also a great option for those looking for a statement on their bodies. In most cases, a man’s tattoo will only be visible to others when he’s wearing a tee shirt or other casual clothes. This is why we’re seeing more and more people getting inked on their chests. It’s the perfect place for a tattoo since it’s usually visible when a person is wearing a plain tee shirt. This is also one of the best places to hide a tattoo if you want to keep it private (especially if you’re a celebrity and/or wearing a straitjacket!).

The Perfect Fit

Of course, we can’t talk about body art without mentioning its most famous practitioner. The king of body art, MC Mad Hippie has been tattooing models and other celebrities for close to 40 years. He even tattooed the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. Hippie is definitely a master when it comes to matching tattoos to their respective actors. He has also been known to tattoo famous faces he has met on tour. This is one of the great things about having a tattoo. It’s such a unique way of connecting with someone. It’s also a way of connecting with nature. As we’ve established, the 70s were a bit of a golden era for body art. It wasn’t restricted to just one style or theme. There were so many different types of tattoos in circulation at the time. This is why hippie’s work looks so vital and alive today. It’s definitely not something you see everywhere. It’s such a personal and unique way of expressing yourself. It’s also something you can never get sick of. As long as you don’t mind being seen with it, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t sport a tattoo.

No Strings Attached

Not all tattoos are created equal, and it’s a common misconception that all require strings attached. This is mainly because there are so many different types of tattoos out there. If you’re looking to get inked, there are several different options available to you. For those who want something simple, there are several beautiful pictures of kittens on the internet that you can have inked on your stomach. It’s a beautiful way to show your affection for cats. If you’re looking to get a full sleeve done, you could do so without any sort of hitch. Plenty of artists specialize in doing custom tattoo work. They will listen to your ideas and create a piece of art that you can be proud to sport. In most cases, the entire process is done with no strings attached. This is one of the great things about getting a tattoo. It’s such a liberating experience. You don’t have to worry about strings being attached because there are none!

Alternative Influences

While the main influence behind getting inked is self-expression, it wouldn’t be a complete picture if we didn’t touch on the influence of the times we live in. In many ways, the last decade has seen a revival of sorts for tattoos. Many luxury brands and designers have jumped on the body art trend, creating pieces of art for their brands as well as for their customers. This is one of the main reasons that getting inked is becoming such a popular option. We’re seeing body art influence everything from fashion to art direction. As well as the above, the following designers have taken the reigns in this area: