Is Tattoo The New Generational Fad In India?

By RimTim Staff Writer
June 11, 2016

The tattoo is more than just a fashion accessory in India. It is one of the hottest trends among the youth in the country, with even youth icons such as top cricketer Virat Kohli sporting them. The Indian youth love their tattoos and consider it to be really cool.

For the youth, the tattoo symbolizes individuality it is about expressing their love for someone special in their life. Tattoos are socially accepted in India, and nobody gets fired from their jobs because of sporting a tattoo (as many had feared in the past)!

Tattoos are fun and exciting

Some of India’s biggest Bollywood celebrities, sport tattoos proudly. What has also helped is that the technology has changed a lot over the last few years and the tattoo parlous in India today are very hygienic and of the same quality as those in the West.

For the Indian youth, tattoos are more than just a fashion accessory, they lend a voice to their personality. A tattoo is something very personal and holds a deep meaning for each individual. Tattoos are a great way to let your imagination run riot, show what you care about, who you love and what are the ideals that are most important to you.

Tattoo designs

Tattoo designs are many and varied, and always interesting. Tattoos are generally made by tiny needles with ink colors or pigments. Tattoo artists puncture the skin with these needles and inject the ink under the skin. Usually it takes anything from 30 minutes to several hours to get a tattoo done, depending on the complexity of the design. Many parlous provide tattoo style guide for its customer who can choose designs from the guide. It is always a good decision to make the right choice from the outset, to avoid tears and regrets later.

Tattoos and Bollywood celebrities

So what about India’s biggest Bollywood celebrities and their tattoos? Bollywood stars are among the first to latch on to the latest trends, so you cannot expect them to be left behind in the race to get tattooed.

Indeed, when Bollywood stars get tattooed, they do it with a purpose, such as Saif Ali Khan, who has got a tattoo of his wife Kareena Kapoor Khan’s name on his arm. In fact, he got that tattoo done well before the two got married.

Akshay Kumar Tattoo designs

Akshay Kumar, perhaps the most successful Bollywood star today based on the sheer number of box office successes, has got a tattoo of his son Aarav on his back.

Sanjay Dutt, who has had his problems with the law and was in prison for a while, has got the tattoo of the name of his wife Manyata, who stood like a rock beside him during the hard times.

Arjun Rampal is another Bollywood star who is known to be quite creative and he has got an intricate tattoo, inspired by modern art on his arm.

Imran Khan is another Bollywood celebrity who has got a tattoo done and he has gone ahead and got a sun-shaped tattoo done just below his nape. The beautiful Malaika Arora Khan has got a tattoo on her back which says “Angel”.

But some Bollywood stars get tattoos made only regret it later, such as Hrithik Roshan and his ex-wife Suzanne, who got similar heart shaped tattoos with each other’s name on their wrists. Well, they are now divorced and would probably want to get the tattoo removed, if they haven’t already!

Another Bollywood star who probably regrets getting a tattoo is the ravishing Deepika Padukone, perhaps the no. 1 actress in Bollywood right now, who got a tattoo of her ex-boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor on the back of her neck while they were still seeing each other. Well, both Deepika and Ranbir have moved on since then, but the tattoo remains!

Is tattoo a part of Indian culture?

Do you know that tattoos are a part of Indian culture and have been so for centuries? Tattoos are not exactly a western import, although they are popular today because people in the West have taken on to them in a big way.

Tattoos are an integral part of India’s tribal culture, with tribes such as the Santhals in the state of Jharkhand, Apatani tribe of Arunachal Pradesh and Singpho tribe in Assam sporting them since many years ago.

But you wouldn’t appreciate the reason for which these tribes supported the tattoos for them tattoos were a necessity, not a fashion accessory or style statement.

As anthropologist S K Baruah who has studied the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh for over three decades explains, “Apatani women were often abducted by the neighboring Nishi tribesmen for their beauty, so to make themselves look unattractive, they tattooed their faces and wore huge circular nose plugs.”

That’s just so sad! But fortunately, such things are a thing of the past and those of the Apatani and other tribes today sport tattoos for fun, just like many other people in India.

Tattoos appear to be more than just a passing fad – they are with us to stay. So when are you getting a tattoo?