Let’s Talk all Things Tattoos

Let’s Talk all Things Tattoos

So, rubies, let’s talk tattoos. Have you got one? If not, do you want one? And if you want one what and where would you get one? These are often just a few of the questions that come to mind when the subject of tattoos comes up. Oh, and let’s not forget those judgmental stares from friends and family members if you ever had to mention that you do indeed have one.

Getting a tattoo has become very mainstream and almost fashion-focused in this day and age. Gone are the days that tattoos were considered rebellious and badass. Because now, you are guaranteed to know at least a handful of people that have a tattoo. With the thousands of people getting inked each day it’s become more of a way of expressing yourself and experiences through the use of art on your body.


For those first-timers reading this let’s not forget tattoos are a huge commitment and this decision shouldn’t be made lightly – to help you through the decision-making process we have come up with a few tips that you need to remember when getting your first tattoo.

  1. Remember it’s permanent so take your time when deciding on the design and placement of your tattoo
  2. Do some research on the different tattoo parlors out there
  3. Smaller is always better
  4. It’s really not sure – the worst pain would be your foot or fingers
  5. Always ask yourself am I still going to love it in 40 years’ time?
  6. Always follow your tattoo artist’s advice
  7. Avoid direct sunlight
  8. Look after your tattoo – it’s on your body forever

For those of you that are on the fence about getting a tattoo – guys its 2020 and if we have learnt anything its that life is far too short to not do the things you want to do for yourself.

We are so lucky to have some incredibly talented tattoo artists and studios in and around South Africa that create the most beautiful designs. We have included a number of these local tattoo studios below – for those of you who are looking for that sign to get a new tattoo and want to go to a new tattoo parlor – here it is!

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no. 67 Soul ✖️ Seven (a lil throwback) Handpoked on @loweandglow ••• . . . ✨ Sammy ✨ I couldnt be more stoked with our creation 〰️ What beautiful placement *errrmergerd👌🏼 May this desconstracted heptagon, a shape made from 7 triangles each representing a section of your soul, guide you now and into forever – ever. Afterall, we are all such multifaceted beings – free flowing, creating and constantly evolving. May your creative journey continue unfolding with much magic and love ✨ . . . ••• #skinart #handpokedtattoo #handpoke #geometrictattoo #sacredgeometry #lineworktattoo #tattoolove #blackworktattoo #tattooedwomen #manipura #underboobtattoo #gyspysoul #chakratattoo #solarplexus #sacredgeometrytattoo #theartoftattoos #handpoked #protectionspell #magick #yogatattoo #spiritualawakening #girlswithtattoos #tattooart #dotworktattoo #cleavage #inkedbabes #capetowntattoo #tattooedwomen #divinefeminine #femininetattoo #feminineenergy 🌙

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Small delicate tattoo designs are particularly popular with some of the most popular designs being of suns, arrows, feathers, infinity signs, flower designs, and of the moon. When it comes to placement these are the most common areas your wrists, ankles, behind your ear, on your foot, or on your arms.

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🐝 nice today!

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Feather @emily_lirag

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LOVE YOU @brittanyxavier

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Let’s not forget those tattoo fails – you know those tattoo designs you think will be cool forever like a tribal symbol or dolphin or to make it that much worse your ex’s name #cringe

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole‘s tattoo of roses is next level commitment – who knew anyone could love roses that much!

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber is known for having a body covered in tattoos but some of them just do not make any sense like this one – who has hands coming out of their feet? ANYONE?!

Miley Cyrus

Who can forget Miley Cyrus and her love for inking almost anything she loves onto her body – she MUST really love Vegemite.

Looking for more small tattoo inspiration, click here

So rubies, for those of you on the fence after reading all there is to know about tattoos would you consider it? For those rubies that already have been inked before do you regret yours at all? Let us know in the comments section below.

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23 thoughts on “Let’s Talk all Things Tattoos

  1. Jolandi H. says:

    I absolutely LOVE my ink! I have a big piece on the right side of my body. Starts from my thigh all the way up to my ribs.
    It’s a beautiful work of Art and I couldn’t be happier! 😍

  2. Buhle M. says:

    After going band forth with friend of mine around 2007, I decided to quietly go for a tattoo at an established place in Durban on Florida Road. I had no idea what I wanted so after they showed me a couple of designs, I opted for a tribal sign on my lower back. It was cool then and now, in my early 40’s it still looks pretty cool. I hardly ever show it though because I’m not comfortable showing parts of my body loosely. And yes, I’ve been tempted to get another one, but on my foot this time. Look, people will always quote the scripture and make you feel bad about it, but for me, it’s art. That’s all. The only thing I would never ever tattoo on my body would be a partner’s name. I’d probably ink my 2 boys’ names though.

  3. Nonkululeko H. says:

    I have asked myself so many times, should I shouldn’t I, what happens when I’m 50 with a tattoo lol but I still would like a small sexy one somewhere in my body, this year has to be the year, thank you for the information

  4. Risuna R. says:

    I have no tattoos at all but I would really love to get one, its just taking forever because I’m scared of the pain. So once I’ve gained all the courage I will definitely get one.

  5. Nokuthula M. says:

    love love tattoos but have always been scared of the pain. Finally decided to get my first one on my birthday last year and i’m itching to get another one now. They are truly addictive

    • Kelebogile M. says:

      Always had a thing for tattoos. I’ve got 2 now, want more but undecided as of yet as to what I want tatted on me. Beautiful ones y’all picked ❤️

  6. Berenice G. says:

    I have one tattoo and it took me almost three years to decide on whether or not I must get one mostly because of my fear of needles and it being permanent, when I finally made up my mind it didn’t take me long to decide on the design and placement, getting the tattoo kinda help me get over my needle fear lol Do not regret getting it one bit….I LOVE MY INK 🙂

  7. YOLA S. says:

    I want to get my 3rd tattoo, but I haven’t decided where exactly, it’s been a 3 years decidin because it’s a permanent decision, taking my time. lol