Friday, 12 March 2010

On trend tattoos

Tattoos are big news this season with both Rodarte and Chanel showcasing tattooed models down the catwalk. Rodarte’s models were branded with bold tribal designs, while Chanel’s were decorated with delicate transfers in chains and pearls. Chanel is even selling temporary tattoos in a pop-up shop in Selfridges for the next couple of weeks.

Chanel’s tattoo parlour

For temporary tattoos that don't cost the earth and are just as pretty as Chanels, try this fab website:

If covering your body in tattoos isn’t for you, there are other ways to dabble in this trend, and with something a little closer to home too. Here in Bristol, we have our very own shoe tattooist!

Based in Weston–super-Mare, and drawing on his varied experience from working in media to graphic design and painting, the Hungarian-born artist Imre Jernei, will ‘tattoo’ your shoes, bags, belts and even skateboards, creating beautifully unique wearable art.

Imre finds his inspiration in Hungarian motifs, and a mixture of classical and Japanese tattoos. “Music is my other inspiration, classical, rock and urban (hip hop and R'N'B). I get my inspiration from these subcultures' visual world.”

I asked Imre what he thinks about the Bristol style:

“Bristol-style is comfortable, but elegant, never out of fashion. This style combines the strongest fashion elements of the different subcultures - the visual ideas of the city's million faces. The style really reflects the city itself, it's so balanced, but also really bright, vibrant and elegant. The one thing I really like about Bristolians style is the freshness and the totally free mix of different fashion ideas”.

Imre can ‘tattoo’ pretty much anything, “if something is really difficult to airbrush, I’ll combine it with hand-drawing. I can even do portraits, but that takes longer than a graffiti tag.

If you want to get in touch with Imre about an exclusive design, then visit his blog: He’s also just started to run workshops in various skate and shoe shops.

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