Each month, thousands of people across the country go online to ask Google “What are the latest tattoo trends?” and to be honest, we’re not sure why. We certainly understand similar queries that apply to clothing, accessories, and hairstyles, but it doesn’t make much sense when it comes to tattoos. The definition of trend alone should infer that it should not apply:
“A trend is any form of collective behavior that develops within a culture, a generation or social group in which a group of people enthusiastically follow an impulse for a short period. They are objects or behaviors that achieve short-lived popularity but fade away.”
You can see why we feel the disconnect between tattoos and trends. A tattoo by nature is a permanent thing, so short-lived popularity should not be considered when deciding upon concepts, designs, and even methods.
Not convinced? Let’s look at recent developments to validate what we’re saying here. In a recent Tattoos in the News segment, poor Generation Z (those born between the late 1990s and early 2010s) were slammed in the mainstream media for being into fine-line, micro, and astrology themed tattoos. When someone follows a trend, backlash is invariably sure to follow. That being said, trend has nothing to do with anything in that recent press release because there’s no way that the supposed “experts” that The Insider spoke to have an issue with the highly specialized form of fine line and micro tattooing. This just shows that people are simply desperate for something to talk about. The moral of the story here is that you should not EVER get a tattoo concept/design because it’s trending as the conversation will circle back to bite you in the buttocks. Just ask anyone who got a tribal tattoo back in the 1990s.
The same is true regarding trends and tattoo methods. Over the last year, Made-to-Fade tattoos (those that are supposed to last just over a year) were all the rage, until it was discovered that they were not as effective as recipients had hoped. Another purported trend in tattooing is with respect to sedation. People are actually asking tattoo studios about this option because they have heard that celebrities (including famous rappers and NFL players) are “going under” via anesthesia to get large tattoos. We really shouldn’t have to tell you that this is a bad idea for the average Joe or Jane.
What are the latest tattoo trends? Who cares. If you’re stuck for ideas, follow these 3 Easy Ways to Choose a Tattoo that you will never regret. If located in or are visiting the Greater Vancouver BC or Toronto ON area be sure to schedule a consultation at an Adrenaline Studios tattoo shop near you.