Since the launch of Things&Ink Magazine, a new publication by Alice Snape that embraces female tattoo culture, my ideals and opinions on tattoo’s in the work place have re surfaced. I am by no means a fully fledged tattooed lady (yet) but since I had what I consider to be quite a large piece of ink drawn on the inside of my arm, I find myself covering it up at work and this is because of the stigma still attached to women with tattoos. I am not merely ‘jumping on the bandwagon’ by saying this as I have experienced first hand the odd looks and perhaps inappropriate comments such as ‘your very pretty but then you’ve got that on your arm’….Classic.
I currently work in Buying/Retail (much to my disappointment but it’s all I know) and operate in a fairly corporate environment. When I first started I suppose I made a conscious effort to try and dress like everyone else, this was because I was temping and I really needed the job, plus I know far too well how fickle the industry is and no one wants ‘that weird girl’ working in their team if they don’t fit in. I know, I even gasp at writing that because I don’t consider myself weird in the slightest but for those who don’t understand why I choose to look this way it’s the only word they know. This word is flaunted about to describe the old fashioned things I buy or the jeans I wear, mainly in jest but all the same I’m thinking ‘you’re the weird one’!. It infuriates me how many people STILL question my lifestyle and dress sense without sounding the slightest bit interested, its even more of a shock to me that out of such a huge company I appear to be the only one who isn’t ‘commercialised’.
Anyway, I waited till I was offered the job permanently before I wore short sleeves and even now I’m not sure the more senior members of the team know I have tattoos. It’s not that I’m embarrassed because I certainly am not, I love my tattoos and when outside of work I always show them off. Perhaps it’s that I don’t feel confident in myself to think ‘this is me, this doesn’t change my performance and I don’t care what you think’ but after so many people looking at me in confusion as if to say why in God’s name did you get that, it has quite frankly become boring.
Perhaps I’m trying to protect them?
Of course now I have been there a while, we can all have a playful laugh about my old fashioned ways and my dress sense. I still want lots of tattoos but until i know where my career is heading or I become self employed the uncertainty in such a competitive climate is still holding me back which I think is a shame. A lot of tattooed women I’ve either met or read about have all said similar things – either cover up or work for yourself because it will only hinder your chances of finding work. I feel incredibly torn between the life I aspire to lead and the harsh reality of societies standards but hopefully some day soon I’ll find the perfect job that allows me to be me…truly.
Well a girl can dream!
If you’ve walked past the Southbank Centre in London recently then you wouldn’t have missed the huge sky swing that’s towering over a beautiful vintage fun fair! Priceless London Wonderground festival has been showcasing the most marvelous Cabaret, Circus and Sideshow acts London has ever seen this summer, with magical mushroom seating under a fairy lit sky to top it off.
Hibiscus Flower Dress: Collectif
T Bar Dance shoes: Vintage
I booked tickets for Saturday Night at the Spiegeltent as I absolutely loathe that I don’t live in a time of good old variety shows and Saturday nights at the circus! The show was in a circus tent, top marks already, and the night was filled with comedy and burlesque acts. My partner thought the comedians were brilliant which was good because being the prude I am found them rather offensive! However the Nigella Lawson burlesque act was both modern and imaginative with just the right amount of naughtiness to get a laugh from everyone, I must say I’m not sure I will ever watch one of her shows in the same way again though, think cucumbers and cream if you get my drift…
Navy Trousers: Next Shirt: Charity Shop
Seen as my other half was a Pirate in another life (he really was) and we’ve both wanted anchors for a while now we got these cute littl’ns done by Martin Clark at Bluebird Tattoo. This guy tattoo’s people that come far and wide for his ink as he was trained by the best and is a really cool rockabilly to top it off! I would love to get covered in Sailor Jerry inspired tattoos just like my last two have been but with a twist, who know’s I might get covered and join the circus! A girl can dream…
So I’m a total sucker for a tiki god mask, on anything! Naturally I almost fainted when I saw these unique tiki, tribal rings from Sweedish brand, Gina Tricot, the coffee bean is just to die for…come on, its a coffee bean!! Eeeee!!
I found this one-off bag randomly in a supermarket on holiday and I am so in love with it, not only does it feature my favourite monkey but it’s covered in tiki inspired prints, check out the exotic corn dog…too cute!
I thought I’d re live my youth with this little number (in fact I do still wear Paul Frank pants! Shhhh)
Any woman in her right mind knows how flattering the clothes of the 40’s and 50’s are and one woman who knows this more than most is behind one of the most sought after vintage remade brands this year. Tara Starlet is the ultimate pin up of the pageant, offering not only beautifully made, vintage style clothes that flatter all shapes and sizes but its ethical too….*hurrah!*
I popped down to London to give Tara a hand at the sample sale in her quirky east end studio, naturally what 50’s fanatic like myself wouldn’t think they had died and gone to graceland being surrounded by all those amazing clothes! I got to meet the lovely Hollie over at The War Bride too, as someone who doesn’t have many friends who are into vintage the way I am it’s always so nice to meet other people who get so excited about the same things! Tara’s studio is just the sweetest vintage haven and with the Puppini sisters setting the sound track for the day, a few soldiers in uniform wouldn’t have gone a miss…
The wonderful Tara and I
The lovely War Bride, Hollie, check her out she does the funnest of things!
I feel awful that I have neglected my blog for so long and after burying my head in books for my dissertation, I hadn’t realised March had past! I know it’s terrible of me but I’m going to skip March and do an extra special April instead – so here is my Pin up of the month who I’m sure you will all enjoy – Bettie Page.
I decided to celebrate Bettie as not only is she the most iconic pin up of all time but the new groundbreaking documentary “Bettie Page reveals all” premieres at the film festival Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender this week! (I have racked my brains for ways to escape the UK and all this work to jet off but alas with no success!)
After being totally obsessed with finding any biographical information I can on Miss Page after watching “The notorious Bettie Page” years ago I am very excited to see this film. I love everything about this woman, from her innocence to the controversy that surrounded her which eventually lead to her to the Lord. No other pin up had quite so much mystery about them and her iconic image still influences so many women today, from rockabilly rockers to burlesque beauties.
God Bless Bettie Page!