More members of the fairer sex are walking into tattoo parlors in Singapore these days.
Yahoo! Singapore spoke to eight tattoo artists and they all reported an increase in the number of females getting inked.
Females made up about 10 to 20 per cent of the client base a decade ago, but now they make up as much as 50 per cent.
The tattoo artists attribute the rise to more discreet tattoo styles gaining popularity around the world, as well as pictures of tattoos circulating on social media,
These types of tattoos appeal to females as they are not too “unladylike” and are more of a fashion statement, they explained.
UV ink, for example, became big about five to ten years ago.
White ink requests started trickling in three to five years back, and are now at an all-time high.
In contrast, men tend to get more “classic” types of tattoos such as dragons and mountains, and mostly in normal ink.
Tattoo artists in the city-state currently see about 10 to 30 requests for white-ink tattoos each month, mostly from female clients.
This type of tattoo, which is created by injecting white dye into the skin, has been made popular by celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan, who has a white ink tattoo on her wrist.
"Image heavy applications, such as Instagram and Tumblr, mean people have access to tattoo types and designs. They pick up trends and become more interested in getting a tattoo. White ink tattoos are making their rounds these days," Joe Finch of Ink by Finch, a 37-year-old tattoo artist who has been in the industry for 11 years, said.
Singaporeans, who as a group are generally conscious about how society may perceive an inked body, also welcome tattoos that depart from the traditionally harsh black or coloured tattoos. White ink tattoos, which are subtle, and UV ink, which can only be seen under blacklight, help safeguard one's image of being clean-cut, he added.
At the peak of UV tattoos’ popularity, about five to 10 years ago, artists saw roughly the same number of requests as they see for white ink each month at present.
The artists expect the demand for white-ink tattoos to continue growing and surpass that of UV as social media exposes people to more tattooed bodies and makes getting inked less of a taboo. ...
By Sia Ling Xin | Singapore Showbiz –