Kat Von D Does a Pinup TattooPin up art is making a comeback. The work of pin up artists such as George Petty, Alberto Vargas and Enoch Bolles is much in demand by collectors. It’s little surprise, then, that more people are looking for pin up tattoos. Pin up tattoos aren’t exactly new. Your grandfather, in fact, might have a tattoo of a pretty woman on his arm. But today, tattoo artists are being called on more than ever to reproduce some of the classic Petty Girl or Gibson Girl looks.

Pin up tattoos can encompass a broad variety of styles and colors. Basically, though, they all feature an attractive woman, usually in tight or low-cut clothing, in a seductive, yet somehow innocent, pose. Often, pin up girls and the tattoos of them include a prop of some kind. For sailors in the Navy, for instance, an appropriate tattoo might include a pin up girl in a sailor hat sitting atop an anchor. Other props have traditionally included brooms, garden hoses, tennis rackets and several other common items. Just about anything looks subtly sexy when it’s held by a pin up girl.

These tattoos look equally at home on an arm or leg. Some fans even have them drawn on their sides. They do require a fair amount of space, though. Done right, they will almost certainly bring a smile to anyone familiar with the heydays of pin up art.

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Before ordering a pin up tattoo, make sure that the artist you hire has experience with them. Lacking that, make sure the artist has at least worked on several tattoos of females. A pin up tattoo requires skill; You don’t want to end up with a tattoo that you don’t like.

Remember, too, that getting a pin up tattoo takes time. A skilled tattooist is an artist. These pros can’t rush through an intricate design. And pin up tattoos are definitely of the intricate variety. When you find a tattoo artist with whom you are comfortable, the next step is to find some reference material for this tattooist to work from. It’s easy enough to find examples of fine pin up art. Just do an online search. You’ll undoubtedly uncover several great examples for your tattoo artist to reference. The good news is that there is such a wide variety of pin up art styles, that you’ll have no trouble finding one that’s perfect for you. Once you find the right tattoo artist, you’ll be sporting a Vargas girl or a Gibson beauty on your arm in no time.

"All About a Pinup Tattoo" by was published on June 17th, 2009 and is listed in Pinup News.

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