Tattoos are always fun! Aren’t they? Permanent or temporary, tattoos can help you add a piece of art onto your skin and show off what you want to show off. But tattoos don’t have to be for the world to see, it can also be just for yourself. A reminder, a sign that you want to keep with you at all times! For the LGBTQ+ community, closets and coming out has become an important part of their lives. Even though we sometimes wish, it wasn’t that big of a deal. Being a member of the LGBTQ+ should be as normal as being straight and nobody will have the need to come out of a closet. That would be a utopia.
But since coming to terms with one’s own non-heteronomous is a revelatory moment for most, pride tattoos can mark the joy of accepting oneself. This can also remind people to listen to their hearts, be true to themselves, and keep it raw and real.
Allies and supporters can also get tattoos done to show their support to the cause. The tattoos can be a reminder that you choose inclusivity, non-judgment, and are pro-diversity. It shows that you believe in equal rights and equal freedom for all. Siblings, parents, partners, and friends of the LGBTQ+ members can also get tattoos done as a token of love and appreciation.
The third reason for all of us to be looking at tattoos are Pride Parties! We paint our faces, color our hair, and wear elaborate costumes. Temporary Tattoos will only add to your color and stay on your skin even through the wildest times. On the contrary, tattoos are a great way for those who want to show support but don’t want to be as loud. A small add-on to their own looks that is totally fuss-free. All you need is a dab of water. And you’re good to go!
Now, let’s get down to the basics
A Few Pointers Before You Pick A Permanent Tattoo
Are you allergic to ink? Is your skin sensitive? Even before you pick a tattoo, ask a tattoo artist and a skin doctor in case you are not very sure of the nature of your skin. The tattoo artist will give you ointments and creams that you must use to ensure your tattoo heals well.
Tolerance to Pain:
How tolerant are you to pain? You are being poked, it will hurt. The pain is higher if the tattoo is closer to the bone, or has to be inked on a vein. This includes ankles, collar bone, wrist, elbows, fingers, hipbone, ribs, and the backbone. Tattooing on the upper of your forearm, shoulder, and calf muscle hurt lesser. The upper arm, thighs, and buttocks hurt the least.
Expansion of Muscle:
When you think of where you want the tattoo, remember that your body will change over the period of time. So pick a place a tattoo that does not distort on expansion or contraction or choose a place which does not undergo severe change over the ages.
Permanent tattoos are a commitment and commitments scare everyone. But don’t let this keep you from getting a tattoo. Own your choice. A friend of mine had the word “wanderer” translated in Hindi tattooed on her hand after she was inspired by a Bollywood movie. She now uses it as a warning sign for when she is confused or can’t make a decision. So, remember. Own it!
How to Pick the Right Tattoo
As someone who has 3 tattoos herself, I can bet you that if you are a first-timer, or a repeater, picking a tattoo is not easy. Especially if it is permanent. Sometimes when you see a tattoo, it is love at first sight. You know it’s the perfect one for you. Other times, it takes a while to get there. And here are a few steps to get you closer.
- Body: Tattoos can help emphasise a body part. This, in turn, can make a tattoo look great! Understand the curves and lines of your body and see what fits better. As much as it is about the meaning, it is also about art. Even though the symbol may not completely reflect the meaning it holds, the art will still hold your eye. So remember to play around. You can use temporary stickers before you decide what you like better.
- Detailing: As time passes, the ink in the tattoo becomes to spread making the lines and details less stark. This is why you should pick out your tattoos carefully. Well-spaced details look better.
- Colors: Colors are a big part of LGBTQ+ tattoos. Rainbows are our flag! What is a pride tattoo without color? But colors do fade out when they are exposed to the sun. They are also slightly pricier. A clever way to go around this is to choose a place where the sun does not hit as hard. Or moving to a cold country? Whichever is more feasible to you. For people with long hair, neck and nape are great choices. The inside of your arm, the small of your back, calf, and the inside of the ankle are all good spots!
Now that you know everything there is to, here are the Pride Tattoos!