Electric Ink Skincare for Tattoo Lovers

Gary and I have been getting tattooed for a long time now and between the two of us, we have quite the collection (you can check out a full ‘tour’ of my tattoos here!). The number one question that we’re often asked from strangers is how our tattoos are still so bright after all these years, and our answer is pretty straightforward: look after them! Moisturising and protecting your tattoos long after the healing process is over is honestly the most important thing you can do, especially if they are a big part of your personal style.

Keeping everything looking fresh and vibrant can be challenging, especially when you’ve had some of your tattoos for a number of years, so we’re always on the lookout for anything that might give us a hand!

Electric Ink tattoo care initially caught my eye due to their beautiful branding, and I was keen to find out more about this new range of products to see if they were more than just a pretty package.

The collection – which is exclusive to Superdrug – consists of a daily moisturiser, a vibrancy serum and a defining body oil. All three Electric Ink products are vegan friendly, and use nourishing ingredients like coconut oil, plant extracts and vitamin C to hydrate the skin and help maintain the colour pigment of your tattoos.

You could choose to incorporate the defining body oil into your usual skincare routine – it’s helpful against sun damage (but ALWAYS use SPF too!) and it smells great! It’s also in a handy spray bottle, which is useful if you have tattoos in hard to reach areas (and I do!).

Gary’s latest tattoo is a portrait of Bosley – I love it so much! 

The vibrancy serum and daily moisturiser by Electric Ink are perfect for helping to enhance your tattoos, while giving your skin a treat at the same time. The daily moisturiser is light in texture and ideal for quenching dry skin, and it’s probably the product we reach for the most. The vibrancy serum is less of an ‘everyday’ product, but it’s great for helping tattoos look fresh and defined – I can see it especially coming in handy when I’m shooting photos.

So far, both Gary and I have been impressed with this collection. It’s refreshing to see products on the market aimed at maintaining healed tattoos, especially as you can just walk into Superdrug and pick them up. Our tattoos are a reflection of who we are, from our first ever pieces right through to our most recent work – so we want them to look as good as possible for as long as possible!

Have you tried any of the Electric Ink line? Tell me about your first tattoo!

 

 

 

This post contains PR samples but all views and tattoo anecdotes are mine 

A Colourful Tattoo Tour

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A while back (and it feels like forever ago when I think about it), I posted about being tattooed – and more specifically, my thoughts on being a tattooed female. Since that post, I’ve had quite a few requests for more details on the tattoos themselves, since they have become a recognisable part of my own personal style. I realised that even though I have done a handful of interviews for other blogs and sites about my colourful collection of tattoos, and mentioned them here very briefly (and that was EVEN LONGER ago), I haven’t really taken the opportunity to show them off properly.

I thought that there was no time like the present, so today I’d love to share a little tattoo tour with you guys! I hope that whether you’re looking to get tattooed yourself, or are just curious about other people’s work, you enjoy it…

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So, the first thing I normally get asked by strangers is: did your tattoos hurt? And I can honestly say that yes, they did! Some of them of course were more painful than others – for example, getting my elbow tattooed was not my favourite way to spend a day! And the back of my knees? OUCH! However, the pain is not unbearable, and I obviously adore the end result so it’s a small price to pay for getting something I am thrilled with afterwards.

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I have 14 tattoos in total, and they range in size from being very small (like my candy hearts, which are about he size of a coin) to very large (like my stocking seams, which are the length of my legs!).

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My first ever tattoo was my stocking seams, which I got over 10 years ago. Go big or go home, right? They reflect my love of vintage glamour and pin-up culture, and to this day I’m still crazy about them. Right after getting these bad boys , I headed out to a Nine Inch Nails concert, with my legs stinging and wrapped in cling film like leftovers (I still danced my butt off though…). Oh, and I never need to worry about having straight seams any more!

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After my seams, I realised that I much preferred colourful work, and started getting tattooed fairly regularly. The majority of my tattoos can be found on my arms – I have an old fashioned perfume bottle, a spider web (bright pink, of course!), a Russian doll, a sugar skull, love heart candies, a cupcake, and a lipstick.

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I like to think of them as an expression of my style and personality, as they are very bright and cheerful. They are feminine, but with a little bit of a rock n’ roll twist – kind of like wearing a prom dress with a biker jacket!

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On my other arm, I have a strip of pink leopard print, a swallow and a lucky cat. My lucky cat tattoo grew out of an obsession with maneki neko, and we have several ceramic ones dotted around the flat.

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I don’t have a deep, meaningful explanation behind most of my tattoos – they are simply because I like the way that they look. Only two of them have meaning, and they are matching ones that i have with Gary. We got matching swallows on our five-year anniversary, and on our tenth year together we celebrated with love lockets – mine is on my foot.

Sometimes I get asked if I have a favourite tattoo, and the answer is, I really can’t choose! I have lots of happy memories of when I decided to get my tattoos, and I couldn’t be more pleased with each of them. To me, they are all special and as they have been custom designed in collaboration with the artist, I have had the final say over every detail. No chance of tattoo regret over here!

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Getting tattooed is such a personal thing, and not a decision to be taken lightly. I often sit on an idea for months before going ahead with it, and I think that it is truly important to work with an artist that you admire to get just what you’re looking for.

I’m looking forward to getting tattooed again in the future and enhancing my collection! And with so many awesome artists to choose from, I don’t think I’ll be stuck.

If you have any specific questions that you’d like me to answer, feel free to leave me a comment below or tweet me! I’m always happy to chat about tattoos and share my experiences.

I hope you guys enjoyed my tattoo tour – it was fun for me to do this and I will be sure to keep you updated with my new additions!

With buzzing needles and colourful designs,

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All photography by Gary at Trouble With Film

 

Crushing the Myths: What Being a Tattooed Girl Means To Me

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Recently, I’ve read quite a few articles – mainly in national publications – tentatively approaching the subject of tattooed women. I was surprised to find an unfavourable pattern among many of them. We live in a modern society, right? I mean nothing is really shocking anymore, everyone is pretty open-minded about most things, and tattoos on females aren’t THAT big a deal…are they? Well, actually it would appear that they still are.

Take a recent lunchtime for example. I sat down with a bagel and a stack of magazines when I came across an article exploring the image of tattooed women, and the signals they give off. The writer explained that it has become more acceptable for men to be tattooed, but women? Not so much. As I read on, it was proposed that women with tattoos are seen as projecting an image of being ‘loose’ (EH?) ‘unhappy’ (WHAT?) or ‘irresponsible’ (OH, PLEASE). I naturally checked the cover of said mag to make sure I hadn’t somehow picked up a women’s magazine from the 1950’s. I hadn’t. The article concluded that as much as we would like it to be different, women with tattoos are still not seen as ‘normal’ (shudder) by the general public.

In another feature (same pile, different magazine) in a best-selling publication, I found an interesting argument that looked at the pain associated with tattoos as an explanation for why women decide to go under the needle. The idea was that women who have gone through horrendous experiences get tattooed as a sort of cathartic remedy. Women that have been abused, or perhaps suffered through stages of depression are turning to tattoos to help ‘let the pain out’. Again, I couldn’t quite believe what I was reading. I believe that people, male or female, decide to get tattooed for personal reasons, and this could include the memory of overcoming a challenge. It certainly applies to some, but not to everyone. Since then, I have read further pieces in magazines, newspapers and websites regarding tattooed females. However, in all of the articles I read there was no other side of the coin – nothing that portrayed women with tattoos as positive, fun or empowered. I was, in short, pretty disappointed.

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I started to think about that flip-side, and on what being a tattooed girl means to me. Regular readers might remember when I posted last year looking back at my first tattoo. Being tattooed forms a significant part of my look and personality. My tattoos are bright, colourful, cheerful and a reflection of the things that I love.

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I think that it’s important to crush a few of the assumptions put out by such articles, because I (and many tattooed babes that I know) certainly don’t fall into the stereotypes being depicted!

“I am tattooed because I am upset” – No! Absolutely not. I am not looking to put myself through the pain of getting a tattoo as a form of expressing inner anguish! And neither do a lot of women! I’m also pretty much the most happy-go-lucky gal you will ever meet!

“I am tattooed because I am unreliable” – Are you kidding? I know so many successful women that are heavily tattooed as well as being the smartest, most frighteningly organised people I know. Real role models.

“I am tattooed because I seek attention” – This is a big bugbear for me. I often forget that they are even there because NO-ONE bats an eyelid (unless it’s to make the odd sweet compliment). I have my tattoos for me, not for other people.

“I am tattooed because I have a drug / drink / sex addiction” – I know that people say that tattoos are addictive or a by-product of an addictive personality and for some that could be true. I can say hand on heart that it does NOT necessarily mean there are darker issues at hand.

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I suppose I felt such a reaction to the articles that I read recently because I genuinely thought negative connotations associated with tattooed women were a thing of the past; something we have learned from and moved well away from! I know that in many ways society has progressed but it is interesting to see that some out-dated opinions still remain. To me, my own tattoos are fun, feminine and bring me a lot of joy. They are not cathartic or a result of a personal struggle. I consider tattoos in the same way I consider haircuts or insanely beautiful shoes – a form of personal expression that should not be judged!

What do you think of the recent media coverage of tattooed women? Are you a tattooed babe that feels blissfully happy in your own skin?

I’m all pins and needles,

Miss West End Girl x