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Community Edit: Art On Their Sleeve

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Our interviewees continue to

teach us that personal style can be expressed in a number of ways. From eclectic apparel to subtle beauty details,  the women we feature know a thing or two when it comes to finding (and owning) their unique approach to style. Case in point, today’s Community Edit which speaks to the role tattoos and body art have played for the women featured below along with the development of their sartorial point of view. Without giving too much away, discover their thoughts on this idea, revisit our initial stories with them and shop a few items that are inspiring each of these inspiring ladies to showcase the art that some (quite literally) wear on their sleeve.

Rachel Nosco

Tell us about the inspiration behind your tattoo(s). Why are they empowering and why do they make you feel stylish? 

I like many different tattoo styles, but for my personal tattoos I want a very minimal look with thin lines and no color. I have always loved tattoos but it took me forever to finally decide on something that I thought I wouldn’t get bored of someday. I wanted something that had a meaning to me but not overly deep or complicated. I came up with my horse shoe design first, because I have always ridden/ had horses since I was a little kid and will always be a love of mine (and also maybe bring a little good luck!).
My second tattoo is a quote by Claude Monet that reads: “I must have flowers, always & always”, in a scribbly cursive font on my side. I have just always thought it was a lovely sentiment, and it combines my love of art and my massive obsession with flowers! I think it is so fun having little tiny pieces of art on my body that have meanings specific to myself as a person.

How do you celebrate personal style and how do you think your tattoo/tattoos in general elevate or really define your sartorial point of view? 

Personal style is something that I think is very important to our identity, from the clothes we wear, to how we act and just live life in general. I got my tattoos done by Daniel Winter (@winter_stone) because he has a very delicate style, and I wanted minimal, fine lines. They are very subtle pieces, and I had them placed so that they aren’t too hidden but not too obvious either.

While tattoos are sometimes meant to be hidden what are three pieces you currently have on your shopping list that will showcase it?

One is on the inside of my forearm, just below my elbow, so that one can usually be seen whenever I am wearing a top with shorter sleeves, so fun ruffled tops are on my to-buy list! The quote on my side is much less visible and is definitely more of a summer tattoo. It is best shown when wearing a bathing suit, which happens to be ideal for me because I am founder/designer of a swimwear line Midsommar Swim and am in no short supply of bikinis!

Marleigh Culver

Tell us about the inspiration behind your tattoo(s). Why are they empowering and why do they make you feel stylish? 

My tattoos are all pieces I have thought about for a long time before I got them. My first was done in London with my best friend by my side. It’s a botanical illustration of lavender which is my favorite scent and one of my favorite shaped plants. My second is a palm tree on my lower arm done by an artist who is from the same hometown as myself and he also did my third.

He drew this piece based on three images of Aphrodite on a swan from Greek Pottery pieces I loved. I love tattoos when they are done well and in good places. Mine are just an extension of my interests and add something extra to my overall look.

How do you celebrate personal style and how do you think your tattoo/tattoos in general elevate or really define your sartorial point of view? 

I love when I’m wearing a shirt or skirt that slightly shows my tattoos so they aren’t directly in the open and people question them. I get so many compliments! I like things that are different and artful and having tattoos adds just that.

While tattoos are sometimes meant to be hidden what are three pieces you currently have your shopping list that will showcase it?

Since it’s summertime, I’m looking at cute bathing suits, high waist shorts (Love the new Jesse Kamm ones) and off the shoulder, ruffle sleeve tops.

Andrea Devoto

Tell us about the inspiration behind your tattoo(s). Why are they empowering and why do they make you feel stylish?

My tattoos are little details that remind me I am in control of my body and my life. I’ve always admired women with tattoos, they reflect freedom and confidence about themselves, and that’s exactly how I want to feel. I opted for tiny ones that I can show whenever I want to, like an accessory.

How do you celebrate personal style and how do you think your tattoo/tattoos in general elevate or really define your sartorial point of view?

My style depends on my mood. I sometimes want to cover my entire body, so I feel comfortable throughout the day. But when I go out and I want to feel sexy, my tattoos definitely help me achieve that look. They also inject some type of mystery and an interesting approach to my personal style.

While tattoos are sometimes meant to be hidden what are three pieces you currently have your shopping list that will showcase it?

With the summer season upon us, my shopping list is filled with cropped and sleeveless tops. Gotta be ready to survive the 100 degrees here in Puerto Rico, while keeping it cool with a little body art.

Emma Loughridge

Tell us about the inspiration behind your tattoo(s). Why are they empowering and why do they make you feel stylish?

To be honest, every single one of my tattoos was a spur of the moment decision. I’m pretty indecisive, so if I don’t do it right then and there I won’t ever do it!

My last tattoo actually came about because I was at a tattoo convention with my boyfriend and our friend, and seeing everyone get new pieces made me want one too! But when I do get tattooed, I like things small and delicate and almost wispy, if that makes sense. I like them to be more subtle, just a hint of something there.

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How do you celebrate personal style and how do you think your tattoo/tattoos in general elevate or really define your sartorial point of view?

I think my tattoos are little parts of who I am peeking through. If my arms are covered you wouldn’t see a majority of them. I think people are surprised when I do show my arms and I’ve got little illustrations all over! I also feel like some people think tattoos are distracting but I personally love the way my tattoos look with any outfit I have on. It makes it more fun, because I love seeing other people’s tattoos.

While tattoos are sometimes meant to be hidden what are three pieces you currently have your shopping list that will showcase it?

Since summer is coming up, I have my eye on some swim suits, especially this gingham Reformation bikini. I’ve also been wanting to incorporate more dresses into my closet, so this Paloma Wool dress and this Isabel Marant Etoile dress are also on my list!