Raise your hands if you love a woman with tattoos! Here at Liberator, we celebrate every type of woman, but it’s the tattooed beauty’s that really capture our attention. No longer an “alternative” sub culture, more and more women, all over the world, are baring their inked bodies. The allure of the tattooed woman has crossed over into mainstream fashion where tattooed covered models are becoming the norm and reigning supreme.
Capturing the beauty is famed photography Christian Saint. Most of his models are the art within the art—using their stunning bodies as a canvas. When placed in the right kind of light, these powerful women transport us by the stories creatively etched upon their skin. By looking at them, it’s hard to believe that tattoo culture can still sometime be considered a taboo subject. But for us, these women make everything look a bit more fun and exciting.
For over 20 years, Saint has been documenting the alternative sub-culture through his stunning and brilliant photography. The reason for this type of work was because he wanted to take a stand against the stereotypical standards of beauty which is imposed by the fashion industry. He set out to show people that tattooed women can be just as, if not even more, sensual and exciting. According to Saint, “There’s something about tattoos that reminds me of lingerie, the way the beautiful artwork hugs the human form.”
If Christian Saint had his way, inked models would be showing up on the catwalks and the cover of magazines. And by the looks of it, that wish may be coming true. For instance, tattooed super-models like Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are showing off their ink. Although discreet work, they are the one’s making inroads for emerging models with bigger tats to be accepted by the fashion industry. Most of the models working today no longer have to cover-up or hide their body art from clients or the public.
Soon after conquering the “narrow minded ideals of beauty,” Saint decided to photograph tattooed only models, resulting in a new book, Tattoo Super Models. The book, published by Goliath, is full of gorgeous women. Some looking like the girl next door, while other’s on the opposite side of the spectrum. The book itself is on the smaller side and makes for a great flip through read featuring some of the hottest women in modeling.
For Saint, the book takes on the old standards of what a models should look like and dispels the notion that women ought to be look and act prim and proper. What makes his book a success, is that Saint was able to strike just the right balance between the tattoo and a woman—creating images that represent strong, powerful, and evocative women that are comfortable in their own skin. Through his lens he was able to showcase a new aesthetic that goes beyond the typical pin-up tattoo and capture a modern beauty that is stunning and striking—stopping all of us in our tracks.
Depending on where you live, you probably come across a lot of well-inked ladies—compared to, let’s say 15 years ago. These days, it’s almost commonplace to see a women, of all ages, showing off this new artful expression. “I think people are realizing that tattoos are not that different from fashion itself. Their artwork is as much of who they are as the clothes they wear,” says Saint. Hey, it doesn’t hurt that all these models are drop-dead gorgeous too!
To see more work of Christian Saint, visit his Tumblr page here.