Dolce Acido wrote:
Jan 13 13 10:07 pm Link
Las Vegas, Nevada, US
I will always book a model with tattoos for a client who wants tattoos.
I will never book a model with tattoos for a client who doesn't want tattoos.
Jan 13 13 10:08 pm Link
Antioch, California, US
On a personal level, I love good ink. I appreciate the artform, I appreciate the personal statements being made. I am slowly collecting images of good work.
Models are chameleons, they take on the appearance needed for the concept. Ink, piercings, exotic hair-- while I love the personal statements, it limits the ability to fit "all" concepts...
So it will always be a balancing act between personal statements, and the desire to have a broad ability to fit many concepts.
For me, sometimes tattoos matter, most times, they dont.
Jan 13 13 10:12 pm Link
Leone P wrote:
Jan 13 13 10:14 pm Link
RKD Photographic wrote:
Tee hee!! I thought the same thing about the chairs too. chuckle that was after I first thought, "sure you could...then I read the headline and thought, "oh, no I see..." then I saw the chair!"
Jan 13 13 10:24 pm Link
Austin, Texas, US
If you want a tattoo and also want to model, you can. Just know it is a lifetime decision. It is more of a lifetime decision if you get lots of them. As a photographer, my choice is zero tattoos. If you're the right girl, I'm going to have to spend a lot of time to make either you, or me or the 3rd party paying client ...happy. And if you are a blank canvas, then it is you as art ...rather than the art that someone has branded you with. ...forever.
Jan 14 13 09:42 pm Link
Los Angeles, California, US
I am definitely less likely to shoot a model with prominent tattoos.
If they're largish and visible, they will often conflict/fight with the color and or lines of clothing, causing a not so attractive asthetic clash.
It takes someone more skilled to style them also, as it's like they already have clothing tatoo'd on and the styling has to mesh with that. Usually from what I see, it's not successful.
Jan 14 13 09:52 pm Link
Los Angeles, California, US
Jan 14 13 10:26 pm Link
Jan 14 13 11:17 pm Link
Santa Clara, California, US
If you're looking for a wide breadth of replies from various photographers then here it is:
- Whatever you do in life, do what makes you happy.
- But you will also have to live with the consequences of your actions.
- Though you will get photographers who love tats and like to shoot them, tats WILL hurt your money making career. that is not an opinion, it is fact. Especially with exceptionally well done ink, the attention is on the masterful ink work and not the outfit or model, etc.
- I've had a dozen clients in the last 9 months, all of whom demanded NO tats on models. Which pretty much eliminated a large chunk of the models seeking work in my general area. Oh well.
I know this is not a pro/anti tat thread, but it seems like you are interested in a broad sampling of the community and their opinions.
Jan 15 13 01:09 am Link
Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
As long as they don't get in the way of the photograph, so, small ones that can be concealed by moving the model this way or that. Pet Hates: Tattoo's of faces, because we are programmed to look at faces and they are too much of a distraction. Women with tattoo's on their chest or tits. C'mon you're a woman, not Popeye The Sailorman, and finally the two tattoo's on the lower abdomen, just above the vagina, what I call, "gateway" tats. That's it!!
Jan 15 13 01:35 am Link