To my fellow plus-size tattoo lovers: Have you also ever looked at a body part of yours and thought, "I'll get that tattooed when I'm in better shape," no matter how secure you felt in your body at that moment? I have. And though I sternly believe that all bodies are great as they are, that thin-equals-worthy mentality that's been subconsciously hammered into my psyche is still clearly pulling some strings in my brain and preventing me from doing the things I really want to — especially when to comes to getting tattooed.?
That might be at least partly because, as Michigan-based tattoo artist Carrie Metz-Caporusso also notices, many popular tattoo trends are designed specifically for bodies that adhere to a certain beauty standard (or at least that's what we tend to see on Pinterest and other online tattoo communities). "I have been tattooing professionally for eight years and in that time I noticed that tattoo designs that were made to compliment someone's body were always for thin or muscular body types," they tell Allure. "Never have I seen anyone come up with anything particularly for fat bodies."