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The Return of the Tramp Stamp

Love it or hate it, it's back.


We all know fashion trends come back around in cycles, but opinions on the Y2K lower back tattoo have always been divided. 

During the rise of the trend, the aesthetic grew so popular even Barbie had a tramp stamp in 2009! Britney Spears, Nicole Ritchie, Jessica Alba and Christina Aguilera rocked the trend with butterflies, fairies, floral motifs and even scriptures. 

Jessica Alba Tramp Stamp

Britney Spears Tramp Stamp

Sadly, as quickly as it rose, it also quickly fell. Falling victim to the tabloids misogyny, slut-shaming and body-judgement, all in all receiving huge backlash. Some of the iconic celebrities of the era had their lower back tattoos removed. 

The tramp stamp had a 20 year break from the public eye, and with that, has removed itself from the sexist connotations attached to it in the early 2000's. 

Huge win for tattoo artists, as more and more people are embracing the lower back as tattoo real estate!

The style of tramp stamp of the 2020's is less bold and blunt, but more dainty, wispy and tribal. 

Tattooing the back can be very painful, the vibrations from the machine can spread up the spine and be felt in other areas of the body. If tattooing away from bones, the pain of a back tattoo is only moderate. For this reason, it is recommended to keep back tattoos small and simple - sounding like something perfect for a tramp stamp yet? ;)

And if you are interested in tattooing your lower back, consider the stick and poke technique. It is far less invasive on the skin and the individual poking of the skin causes no vibration through the spine, reducing the amount of pain during your session greatly.

If you are interested in a less invasive, cheaper tattoo option for some delicate, clean artwork, check out our kits, needles and practice skins to get you started!




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