With pouting lips, hourglass figure and a lusty look in her eyes, the Pin-Up Girl is synonymous with tattooing for her alluring looks and celebration of the female form. As a tattoo trend, it started hitting the mainstream in the s and remains popular today — with both men and women — but her origins actually go back as far as the Victorian era. With her cinched-in waist and voluptuous hair, she rode a bicycle, had an education and lived as an independent, modern, urbane woman. These women were used to sell everything from fragrances to tonic water and the drawings of the ethereal beauties encapsulate the bohemian vibe of Paris at the time. At the turn of the 20th century and into the 30s and 40s, the female form was starting to be celebrated in magazines and calendars. For many years the Stateside magazine Esquire had the corner of the market with famous illustrators such as George Petty and Alberto Vargas creating the iconic Americana style of Pin-Up.
Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history. The pinup girl tattoo's popularity has lasted for centuries. This old school design—which was a popular choice for sailors at the turn of the last century—continues to catch the eyes of many. When it comes to sexy and erotic tattoo designs, the pinup girl ranks among the top. In this article, we will review photos and discuss the history and meanings of the design. You will have a chance to view a variety of examples.
Pin up tattoos have been staple pieces in traditional American style tattoos for ages and you won't be able to paint tattoo history without them. Making their debut in WW2, they've earned their place in tattoo flashes throughout the years especially in the works of celebrated artists like Sailor Jerry which continue to inspire contemporary tattoo artists. A couple weeks ago I thought about making pin up men because we never see these around and it would be pretty cool to make this a thing. This is obviously not a thing to pit men against women rather, it ought to be a fun take on a well-loved classic. Australian-based tattoo artist, Jamie August's page is studded with just that — big boy pin ups — featuring men drawn the same way as any pin up would have been designed.
But how did we get this icon of salaciously safe female sexuality? Every time I throw my hair up I aim for this level of beauty…and every time I get a crow's nest. She had sizeable breasts but an itty bitty wasp waist; a swan-like neck that was dangerously close to biologically impossible; and masses of dark hair piled precariously atop her head, miraculously inoperable to sweat, rain and general disaster. There is no danger of these ladies getting sand in their hair, nor anywhere else. But what bought the Gibson Girl to life was that she had a clear personality.