Now you can wear tattoos not just on your skin but on your clothes. Tattoo clothing has become a fashion statement of sorts for those who want unique designs that are an edgy, cool, one-of-a-kind variety. Yet if you can right down to it, these clothes are simply clothes that have prints, colors, and text that are used for tattooing, albeit they can be as artistic as any other art form.
People get tattoos for different reasons:
- For adornment of the body.
- As protective symbols.
- To cover skin discoloration.
- As identification with a group such as the military, fraternities, gangs or social organizations; in cases of war, to identify prisoners, albeit forcibly, such as the victims of the Holocaust.
- To express creativity.
- For remembrance of a loved one or special date.
No Longer an Indicator of Social Class
Tattoos used to be an indicator of social class. They were on sailors, soldiers, bikers, ex-convicts, and criminals. Today, the likes of the 6th Baron Wrottesley, comedienne Rachel Feinstein, British Prime Minister David Cameron’s wife Samantha, and heiress to Cathay Pacific, Martha Swire, all sport tattoos. Then again, so did former Senator Barry Goldwater, dystopian novelist George Orwell, and, believe it or not, Winston Churchill.
There are university lecturers, bank clerks, and even nuclear engineers who are tattooed primarily because tattooing has developed into a respectable art form and, subsequently, a lucrative business. Tattoo inspired clothing, on the other hand, is an alternative for those who would prefer to wear tattoos on their outfits so they can mix and match or have an entire wardrobe designed with tattoos.
Tattoo Clothing for Children
Tattoo clothing has become increasingly popular in recent years so much so that alternative parents are buying their infants, toddlers, and young children onesies, rompers, and t-shirts, respectively, that have tattoo designs. While the purpose of these tattoo inspirations can range from appreciation of tattooed art to making a statement, tattoo baby clothes, however, have restrictions.
These include explicit and vulgar words or blatant nudity in the tattoos which appear as part of the clothing’s design. Tattoo designs on children’s outfits must be considered carefully by the parents as these can affect the way others will view the child and the parents themselves. Traditional tattoo artwork is most suitable for children’s clothing design such as nautical stars, sparrows, and some inspired by Rat Fink.
Bold tattoo inspired artwork on children’s t-shirt, one piece or shorts can be overbearing if worn repeatedly. A t-shirt in one design, for instance, will suffice, when paired with dark wash or black jeans, rather than have your child wear different tattoo designs on his/her t-shirt, shorts, and socks. Although skull and crossbones are a common tattoo design, some parents may find it inappropriate on children’s clothing.
Tattoo Designs on Apparel
The tattoos for adults have changed, too, and are no longer meaningless motifs but a coherent piece of artwork that are themed and long-term. Tattoo clothes are a convenient way to wear different tattoo designs without having them etched on your skin permanently. There are several online stores that even cater to those who would like to wear tattoo pantyhose, stockings, socks, and tights.
Almost any kind of apparel can have a tattoo design including tops, jeans, scarves, t-shirts, cardigans, dresses, hoodies, camisoles, bustiers, shirts, skirts, sweaters, leggings, corsets, sweatshirts, and tank tops, among others. Tattoo designs on clothes and accessories can make it easier for you to become part of today’s tattoo culture without getting pierced.
Choosing Your Tattoo Clothing Design
Honor your loved ones, commemorate a special event, declare allegiance to your country or incorporate a fashion element to your existing wardrobe by donning tattoo apparel. There is such a wide range of designs to choose from as well as a plethora of clothing stores online that there is no likelihood that the design you want is unavailable. You can also customize and personalize your own tattoo designs.
Some of the more widely used tattoo designs on clothing are those of portraits of historical figures, memorable literary quotes, emojis, dreamcatchers, butterflies, feathers, lotus flowers, dog and cat paw prints, dragonflies, suns and moons, the infinity symbol, roses, hummingbirds, anchors, laces, and crowns, to name a few. The tattoo designs on clothing apparently carry the same meanings when done on fabric.
Tattoo designs on clothing are, more often than not, categorized by themes, albeit each clothing store may have variations on their particular themes. To give you an idea of what these themes are, here is a list that is typical of what most tattoo clothing stores offer (in no particular order) for men, women, and children (those in parenthesis are specific and are the most popular):
- Patriotic (flags and military insignias).
- Food and beverages (pizza, beer, and ice cream).
- Music (clef notes and Beethoven).
- Icons (Che Guevara, Marilyn Monroe,
- Animals (lions, unicorns, tigers, and dragons).
- Japanese cartoon characters (Doraemon, Hello Kitty, Totoro, Pikachu, and Astro Boy).
- Culture (country landmarks and international symbols).
- Tribal (Maori and Native American).
- Super heroes (Superman, Batman, the Hulk, Ironman, and Thor).
- Spiritual (angels and angels’ wings).
- Family crests (Scottish, Irish, English, Welsh, French, and German).
- Magic and fantasy (fairies, leprechauns, and elves).
- Birds (swallows, robins, and eagles).
- Rock stars and musicians (Elvis Presley, Bob Marley, Johnny Cash, and Jimi Hendrix).
- Astronomy (sun, moon, stars, and constellations).
- Celtic symbols (knots, crosses, triquetras, and spirals).
- Nautical and marine life (mermaids, Poseidon’s trident, turtles, starfish, dolphins, anchors, sharks,
- Poseidon, Koi, galleon ships, Popeye the Sailorman, war frigates, compasses, and Jolly Rogers).
- Mythology (Zeus, Aphrodite or Venus, Chiron, Cerberus, Pallas Athena, and Medusa).
- Zodiac signs (Chinese and Western).
- Plant life (flowers, trees, and shrubs).
- Bands (The Beatles, Ramones, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Bad Religion).
If you have always wondered what it would be like to “wear” a tattoo but don’t necessarily want it on your skin, try and get a few pieces of tattoo clothing just for the fun of it. Similar to a bespoke piece of garment, a tattoo design on your favorite outfit allows you to express yourself, appreciate the artistry of tattooed art, and, well, get a few stares in most places where you may be tagged as outspoken but original.