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Fashions for decorated people


My daughter and I were shopping yesterday, and she commented that “cropped” or capri pants seem to be
the in thing these days, and it’s not so easy to find regular pants. I’ve noticed that too, especially in larger sizes (I wear plus sizes, she doesn’t.)

I don’t happen to think the style is very flattering, but I do have to admit to owning one pair of capri pants. And I bought them specifically to show off the tattoo on my ankle. Which I think is a good reason to buy something like that, which I ordinarily wouldn’t be caught dead wearing. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have also bought other clothing with showing off my ink in mind. I have one hot pink shirt with an asymmetrical neckline that showcases my swirl of stars perfectly. Showing off the dragon on my back is a bit trickier, because I don’t think I look good in spaghetti-strap tube tops… but I have a couple. They show off my stars too, of course.

Most of the time I’m too averse to showing off my fat arms (aka Old Lady Wings) so the back tat stays covered. But once in a while I’ll get covered up with sunscreen and let it all hang out. Especially if I’m going to a tattoo show, where nobody cares about fat arms and short pants.

My daughter buys short-sleeved shirts to show off her armband, but she rarely displays the knotwork on her leg. Although she does have this dynamite evening gown with a slit up the side. Too bad there are so few occasions to wear an evening gown when you’re a grad student.

I’m seeing more and more ink on more and more people as I wander around during the course of the day and it makes me wonder how much more is covered up (like mine). Do we as multicolored people dress more often to reveal or to conceal?

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Author: infmom

I got my first tattoo when I was 46. I hope the people who read this blog don't have to wait that long. I love talking about body art.


  1. Tattoos are definitely permanent, which is why I have always urged people to think, think, and think again about what they want permanently adorning their bodies. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Japanese bodysuits are among the most beautiful tattoos in the world. You’re right to show off your ink whenever you can!

  3. My torso is pretty much totally inked with japanese work (back, chest, tummy, half-sleeves, butt). I love my ink and am proud of it, but I go to great lengths to cover up most of the time. There is a long story behind that which I won’t go in to, but is not because of regrets, or shame.

    But I do have a small collection of “tattoo clothes” for the rare show-off occasion. When my husband and I are on vacation in a suitably far-away, anonymous place I can be shamelessly exhibitionistic with my ink! I exercise obsessively, and am in pretty good shape for a 50-something. I have a black strappy dress with a back that scoops down to just above my derriรƒยจre, and shows a lot of chest, leaving little doubt that my whole torso is covered. We will go to an expensive fancy restaurant and I will wear that, and I get a lot of attention! I love that, especially in a situation where nobody knows me and therefore who cares what others think?

    I also have a few things that I save for tattoo conventions that are halter-like or based on bikini tops.

  4. No one looks good in capri pants. If you want shorts, WEAR SHORTS! Capris just look like you outgrew your pants.

    I must admit, I wear sleeveless shirts and tank tops to better show off my ink. Hopefully I’ll be over this need by winter, because I imagine I’d get really cold walking around in a tank top in December…

    • I guess I just figured I’d be showing less of an expanse of fat leg in capri pants, but you’re right. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I often wonder how Paul Sr. of American Chopper manages to go around all year long in sleeveless outfits. Or Mikey in shorts, for that matter. Being unaware of the weather must run in the family!

  5. As a big girl myself I understand completely. I’ve gotten to the point that I just don’t care what others think. I do enjoy showing off the ink, and consistently wear clothes that allow me to do so.

    I’ve noticed that when it comes to the ink, people look at that more than they do my flabby arms and legs. I have one on each leg, one above my butt, and one in between my shoulder blades.

    I usually just have the one between the blades showing, and people tend to ask me if I have more. I also have this great t-shirt (that does not show any ink when wearing it) that says “Wanna See My Tattoo” That allows me to advertise my ink w/o even showing it.

    • The swirl of stars over my right collarbone is the one that shows the most often, and people almost always ask about it. I love showing it off. I wish there were a practical way to show the dragon on my back more often.

      I got a t-shirt that says “Tattoos are my way of investing in art.” ๐Ÿ™‚

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