Dolce Acido wrote: Considering getting a side piece tattoo that will glow under black light, what are some photographer's opinions on models with large and unique tattoos? I figured with a tattoo that can glow in the dark, you can make a photo shoot around that one concept, but once it's done, you really can't do the same thing with other photographers, it's almost like copying an idea. I just wanted to know what other's opinion on the matter is.
Main thing in any tattoo is to make sure that you are the one who is going to like it and like it a whole lot.
I really thought that the glow in the dark tattoo ink had died out a few years ago because of their reputation for being bad ink.
I read Udor's comment and have to agree that I'd never heard anything good about them. Didn't they gain popularity in the late 90's then die out within a few years? I guess not, since you are considering one. Maybe the ink has gotten better?
Leone P wrote: ...I have alot of Photographers lined up for shoots that are based on 'showing off' my tattoos because they are very artistic tattoos. ...
Leone P. x
I agree with you about tattoos being meaningful for the wearer/bearer of them. Yet in my case they are so deeply personal that I really never thought I'd let anyone see them at all! It is only just recently that I have agreed to let them show in my modeling.
Yet, in my situation they are personal and I look forward to having them concealed in shots with dermablend. It is not that I regret the ink but, that I am private with mine.
I rarely consider letting someone shoot them. Namely photographers who have gained my trust, I admire, respect and or know personally as a friend.
RKD Photographic wrote: True - it would be as out of place as a modern hairstyle and mass-produced modern furniture...oh wait...
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!"
Its all good. I get it.
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.
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.
-JAY- wrote: 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.
I just really don't get it.
If our tattoos are not obvious with clothing or are covered when it is then what on earth is the issue? In my case, if I am covering, or having my ink covered then who the heck cares? If I cover a mole then who cares, what is the difference?
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.
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!!