Jewelry Tattoos

As Black Friday approaches, here’s a lighter topic for your amusement. Apparently, for some individuals, jewelry has become so much a part of their persona that they don’t want to take it off. They’ve made it a permanent or semi-permanent feature via a tattoo.

Wedding band and significant-other-tattoos on the ring finger have been around for some months now. Famously Levi Johnston had the name “Bristol” tattooed onto his ring finger, seen at photos taken at the Republican National Convention in 2008, as reported in the September 3, 2008 edition of the Huffington Post.



Illustrations: Levi Johnston with Bristol Palin, and close-up showing the “Bristol” tattoo. 

While a tattoo may be uncomfortable to obtain, it is most comfortable to wear unless and until one doesn’t want to wear it any more.

The latest manifestation of this look appeared in the Chanel spring 2010 runway show in Paris, where pearl necklaces and charm bracelets appeared on the models in the form of tattoos created by makeup artist Peter Philips, as reported in the December 2009 issue of Allure magazine. The Chanel tattoos, which were strictly temporary, are charming. Notice the birds draping the pearls around the model’s neck.


Of course, real pearls won’t arrange themselves on a neck as the illustration shows. To achieve that effect does require application on the skin. However, given that jewelry is a major part of the Chanel fashion brand, I think we can anticipate that the temporary tattoos were just flights of fancy for spring.