Chanel tattoos

I couldn’t help but notice that there was not one – but two – instances of tattoos on the Spring 2010 runways. I found that to be incredibly interesting. So, of course, I decided to blog about it.

Tattoos – and their level of social acceptance – have certainly come a long way in Western civilization. Originally a tribal ritual within native cultures, much of Western civilization viewed tattoos as socially unacceptable – a practice popular with only those on the periphery of mainstream society. However, tattoos have gained increased popularity and acceptance over the past three decades and are now seen on suburban housewives and business executives as often as they are seen on rock-stars, professional athletes, bikers and sailors. In fact, I often find myself in the minority when the topic comes up and I say that I don’t have one!

Rodarte tattoos

So, I suppose that it should have come as no surprise when I saw tattoos on the Spring 2010 runways. After all, there are multiple reality shows about tattoos, the art of tattooing and the culture of tattoos shops and studios currently on air. Still, I found it to be a significant event – perhaps even the marker for an even more increased level of acceptance for tattoo art. After all, one of the runways was Chanel’s Ready-to-Wear collection, designed by the high priest of fashion himself – Karl Lagerfeld. (And his designs are even available for purchase! Which I am sorry to say is not the case for the ones that graced the Rodarte runway…)

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~Marisa, Director of Styling, Second Time Around