07 February, 2012
It's your favourite time of the week again - Tattoo Tuesday!
This tattoo is a fairly recent one and was yet again done by the lovely Mimsy of Trailer Trash Tattoo.
On the inside of my right wrist, this flamingo tattoo was a long time coming. Mimsy had some flash drawn up and displayed on the wall of her studio for a while and a version of this flamingo was up there. I had my eye on it everytime I went it, admiring it.
Finally I decided it needed to be done and it also needed to include leopard print. So Mimsy drew up something new for me and that was that. I had my very own flamingo tattoo - something I'd been coveting for a while.
Aside from the fact that I loved the imagery, flamingos have long been a kitsch symbol associated with the rockabilly culture. From their creation in the late 50s to the release of John Waters' movie Pink Flamingos in the 70s, they're now a pop culture icon. Famous as lawn ornaments, the rockabilly culture has adopted them into the tongue in cheek trailer trash aspect of kustom kulture.