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While perusing Facebook yesterday morning, I came across this article:

 

35 TATTOOS EVERY BASIC GIRL MUST HAVE

 

by Ming

 

Do tattoos need to be gender specific? I’m not sure if this is intentionally offensive or if they are honestly trying to show tattoos they feel appeal to girls, because I must confess:

1. I was offended (and I’m not easily offended)

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2. my first tattoo looked a lot like one of the ones on this page…

 

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While that form, “Typical Girl Tattoo Form” makes me cringe and want to hit someone, I can’t deny that my first tattoo looks similar to the dreamcatcher. Now it’s NOT a dreamcatcher, as it is a Cherokee Indian Shield, but every single person who saw it told me what a cool dreamcatcher it was, leading me to yell “It’s NOT A DREAMCATCHER” every time I showed it to someone. And yes, I picked this lovely tattoo off the wall at Sailor Bill’s TattooTime Tattoo Shop because I was determined NOT to get a “girly” tattoo, like a flower or a butterfly. I went with a friend since all people need to go with a friend their “first time”.  And I passed out from the pain in the middle of it. I warned him I was passing out, and the next thing I remember, my friend was leaning over me holding a can of coke and telling me to take a sip.  Too bad he didn’t finish the tattoo while I was passed out.  And since it was on my back, I couldn’t see it. When he finished, he said with a straight face, “That’s the best naked Indian I’ve ever done!” And yes he scared me for about 2 seconds before I realized he was joking.

 

My First Tattoo

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On the way out the door he said tattoos are addictive and swore we’d be back. We swore we’d never get another tattoo.  I was telling the truth until I was in my early 30’s and Spank was visiting. We found an amazing Tattoo Artist named Jaiman and I ended up getting three roses in my tramp stamp area, each rose in the favorite color of each of my 3 kids (red, purple and orange).  About a year later, I got him to fix my first tattoo, which I liked for approximately 2 years and hated for the next 13 years.  He took it from this… to THIS!

 

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Amazing, huh? He took my love of American Indian culture, to make an Indian Fairy, holding that shield, along with the weapon (the Slayer’s Scythe, for you Buffy fans) and a Wolf, which was a subtle nod to the Twilight era, a movie Mr. G worked on, a tongue-in-cheek blog Spank and I wrote on, and a means to meet several people who we are still friends with this day.

After the Roses Tramp Stamp tattoo for my kids (picture further down), but before he fixed my Native American Shield, he tattooed this Pressed Fairy on my back.

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Does anyone recognize this off the bat? If so, you win a special prize. I don’t know what that prize is, but you win it. This picture is straight out of a book called, Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Book.  It’s written by Terry Jones from Monty Python.

The premise is that a little girl keeps seeing fairies in her garden and no one believes her, so she takes her dairy, sneaks up on the fairies and snaps it shut, smooshing the fairies inside and pressing them like one would press a flower.  She writes about her adventures in this diary as well.  It’s hilarious and well worth the purchase. They have released several special editions of this book, so it’s still available in some sort or another. Here’s an example of some of the pressed fairies in the book:

 

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And I’m not the only one who has chosen to tattoo a Pressed Fairy on their body.

 

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Now let’s get back to this article and the girl tattoos…


35 TATTOOS EVERY BASIC GIRL MUST HAVE

Basic girls of the world, we understand that artsy tattoo pics on Tumblr and Pinterest make you wanna get inked ASAP. We don’t blame you. We understand your pain — so we rounded up our favorite omg-this-is-too-cute tats below.

A BRIGHTLY COLORED, PETITE HEART

Every basic girl wears her heart on her neck.  (👈 Uh, stereotype much?!)

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AN ENGAGEMENT TATTOO

Basic chicks have the biggest rocks on their fingers. (Grrrrrr)

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UNDERBOOB CURSIVE SCRIPT

Basic ladies know that all the hot tattoos hide under your boobs. (Oh right! We learn that in “basic ladies” school.)

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BASE-OF-NECK CURSIVE SCRIPT

Basic girls are always young, even when they look old and decrepit. (Wait, what?)

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A LIL’ SOMETHIN’ SOMETHIN’ ON YOUR FINGER

Basic ladies aren’t afraid to show their wild side. (Who exactly are these “Basic Ladies”?)

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FANCY VOCABULARY

A basic girl has lust in her heart for everything.  (What does that even mean?!)

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A CUTE BABY ELEPHANT

Basic girls know baby animals are adorable. (And we all used to play with dolls when we were younger!)

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A CRESCENT MOON RESTING IN YOUR COLLARBONE CREVASSE

Basics’ hide all their goodies in their crevasses. (So we’re all drug mules now?)

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A CUTE BABY FOX

Basic girls know foxes are cool. (What if we don’t like foxes?)

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AND A CUTE CAT TATTOO NEXT TO A CAT THAT’S ANGRILY GLARING AT YOU

And so are cats. (And so are cats… well, EVERYONE should know cat tattoos are cool. They are not specific to “Basic Girls” )

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A STEREOTYPICAL BEACH SOUVENIR

A true basic girl lives the mermaid lifestyle. (They’re starting to make me feel stabby)

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HOW YOU MARK YOUR TERRITORY

A basic chick must mark her territory. (How the hell does a bobby pin “mark our territory”?)

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LYRICS TO A REGINA SPEKTOR SONG

Regina Spektor is a musical genius, all basic girls know it. (I don’t know any Regina Spektor songs.)

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BON IVER LYRICS

You can’t be a basic girl if you don’t listen to Bon Iver. (I’m clearly not a basic girl if this is the criteria)

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“SUCH GREAT HEIGHTS” LYRICS

“Such Great Height” is the basic girl anthem. (THAT I know. But isn’t that a guy’s arm in the picture?)

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A VERY PERMANENT PINKY PROMISE

Basic girls are clever so they have clever tattoos, duh. (Doesn’t “basic” infer the opposite of clever?  And some guys do pinky promises.)

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MAJESTIC FLYING SPARROWS

Basic girls are majestic.(Again, basic = majestic??!)

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MAJESTIC FLYING BIRDS THAT AREN’T SPARROWS

They show off their majestic side with lots of bird tattoos. (*rolls eyes*)

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AN ARROW WITH A LOT OF MEANING BEHIND IT

If it isn’t super simple with a made up meaning behind it, it isn’t basic enough. (okay they totally lost me here)

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INFINITY SIGNS, JUST IN GENERAL

Everything last forever for basic gals. (Everything lastS, dumbass. Even basic girls know to spell)

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A WAY TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE KNOWS YOUR DIETARY NEEDS

A recent study shows 80% of real basic girls are vegans. Flaunt it, ladies. (I live in Los Angeles and only know one girl who is a vegan. I demand a recount)

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MATCHING RIBCAGE TATS WITH YOUR BFF

Basic gals like to match their basic best friends. (Now I’m questioning again your definition of “basic girls”)

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A DREAMCATCHER

Miley Cyrus, Queen Basic, has a dreamcatcher tattoo. So of course you need one too. (It’s NOT a dreamcatcher!!! Oh sorry, that was just a reflex. Carry on…)

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A DANDELION GRACEFULLY BLOWING IN THE BREEZE

Basic girls don’t get flowers tattooed on them. No, they get weeds. (Alert the media… basic girls get weeds, not flowers)

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WAIT A MINUTE: I still don’t have their definition of a “basic girl” but now I know for sure that I’m not one, because I definitely have flowers on one of my tattoos. One in each of my kids’ favorite colors. 

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PAYING HOMAGE TO HARRY POTTER

Harry Potter is a basic classic. (You got me there. I do plan to get a Cornish Pixie tattoo, but my husband also plans to get a Harry Potter tattoo, and I can tell you for a fact that he’s no “Basic Girl”. While I’m thinking Cornish Pixie, he’s thinking Hungarian Horntail Dragon with Hogwarts burning in the background as a full back piece. It’s going to be awesome.)

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OR TO “THE HUNGER GAMES”

And so is The Hunger Games.

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A TATTOO IN A LANGUAGE YOU PROBABLY DON’T UNDERSTAND

Basic chicks know that it’s cool to get tattoos that you can’t read, that way you can keep changing the meaning. (Yes I have the 3 characters for “Mother” in Amharic tattooed on my back since I adopted a child from Ethiopia, but are you telling me guys don’t do this? Especially with Chinese characters?)

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Here’s MY tattoo, the foreign language is “carved” into the tree on my back. Again, these three characters mean “Mother” in Amharic, the main language in Ethiopia since we adopted a baby girl from there. 

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THOSE THREE MAGIC WORDS

Love is basic. (And apparently men are incapable of tattooing these three words on their bodies. I wonder if their bodies explode if they try to tattoo “I Love You” on their body.)

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PUNCTUATION, SO EVERYONE KNOWS YOU LOVE GRAMMAR

Basic girls know grammar; (Basic Boys apparently do not know or love grammar. It says so right here in this article so it must be true.)

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NOTHING’S GIRLER THAN A BOW

If you want a super girly basic tattoo, a bow is the way to go. (How about a vagina? A vagina is girlier than a bow.)

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WINGS BECAUSE YOU’RE AN ANGEL

Basic ladies, show off your angelic side with wings.

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(Spank is no “basic” woman, but she has a kickass tattoo on her back with wings on this angel…)

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MUSIC NOTES

Basic gals can’t read music, but they fake it until they make it. (Can’t read music??! Wow, that’s really offensive. Basic Girls probably shouldn’t be voting either.)

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A BEHIND-THE-EAR FEATHER

A behind the ear tattoo is the basic tramp stamp. (Um, no it’s not the basic tramp stamp. I think that honor belongs to the actual tramp stamp.)

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THE CLASSIC ANCHOR

The anchor is the basic girl trademark tattoo. (hahahahaha! It’s the basic girl trademark tattoo?! What about Sailors, you dipshit?)

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AND FINALLY, AN ANCHOR PLUS AN INFINITY SIGN PLUS A HEART. EXTRA BASIC.

Wait, I spoke too soon. An anchor plus an infinity sign plus a heart is the basic girl trademark.  (Right, because these are extremely common tattoos to get. *shakes head no*)

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So Minq appears to be a website marketed to women, but I can’t find an author to blame for this article on the 35 Tattoos Every Basic Girl Must Have.

According to the clues in this article, a “Basic Girl” is incapable of getting an original style tattoo.  So much so, that’s there’s this list of 35 Tattoos that Basic Girls need as well as a “Typical Girl Tattoo Form”.  What I want to know is, does a “Typical Boy Tattoo Form” exist?  Something tells me no.  Basic Girls also don’t know how to read music, yet get musical notes tattooed on their body. They get matching tattoos with their besties, feathers behind their ears, anchors connected to an infinity sign plus a heart, in a language you can’t read.  And 80% of “real basic girls” are Vegans?  Again, I ask you, where is your data? What is a “real basic girl”? Supposedly we have to mark our territory with a bobby pin, know all the lyrics to Regina Spektor and Bon Iver.  I’m telling you, the “Basic Girl” doesn’t sound so intelligent.

 

 

Based on this article, I know I’m not a “Basic Girl”, nor do I ever want to become one. One thing they got right was mentioning cat tattoos. Cattoos are cool for any gender.  Not only am I going to get a cat fairy on either side of the base of my tree, as memorial pieces…

(my back)

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At the back of my neck, you may notice a symbol which is an ancient rune meaning “Fearless”.  Anyone else read The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare?   And then there’s the huge tree down my back which symbolizes “family”, which is why I have “mother” in Amharic written into the tree.  Two of my kids were adopted, so the roots wrap around the flowers that are for my kids.  The roots symbolize my children’s roots. Their birth relatives.  Their history.

Like I mentioned before, I plan to get a cat fairy on either side of my tree trunk to memorialize my soul mate kitty and that of my husband’s. Then I was a Cornish Pixie on top and then the rest of the skin filled in with some sky/grass combination.

But next week I’m getting two cat tattoos on my arms.  Mr. G picked them out and picked the placement (inside of my forearms). My previous tattoo artist Jaiman has retired and I had to go through a couple of artists before I could find one who could do these, because they are difficult to do with no outside black outline.  I found Hana Li Tek, who splits her time between Australia and Los Angeles and has won the “Best Female Tattoo Artist in Australia” award.  She will be doing my tattoos next week in Los Angeles.  One is of a Scottish Fold (which I have two of) and the other one is a Sphynx (which I also have two of).  I can’t wait! NEXT WEEK!!

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So… I think the big takeaway from this article is that is was basically written by a chauvinistic male. Thoughts?  Oh and if you feel like telling me how awesome my tattoos are, you’re welcome to do so. I won’t stop you.

 

Ginger

14 thoughts on “Ginger’s Corner: Tattoos For Basic Girls

  1. The term Basic here refers to an individual that doesn’t think for themselves. These tattoo designs are ones that are done thousands, and thousands of times all over the world. 90% of the time, the person getting these designs doesn’t have a story or meaning behind the tattoo, they just think it’s cute. It’s this weird dynamic that people want a tattoo to be different than everyone, but gets the tattoo everyone gets. As a tattooer who has tattooed all of these designs many times over, the people who get these designs don’t tend to have much original thought, and wants a tattoo but rarely looks at any real tattoos. Or tattoos of quality.

    The artists at the studio I work for work hard to create quality pieces of art, and work hard to convince people not to get these tattoos. As they are empty works for today’s hipster movement. These are the modern barb wire band, Tasmanian Devil, or pointy tribal.

    The “Basic White Girl” tattoo will always exist, but it is ever changing, and mindlessly trendy.

  2. I still don’t know who or what is a basic girl. I think I am, I like wearing basic, classic clothes and my favourite ice cream is vanilla and I don’t like spices,… you know, basic, boring, BUT I have no tattoos, so … I’m not basic than?
    In general I’m not a big fan of tattoos mostly because people have them just so they are considered cool and hip and special and one of a kind. You’re not one of a kind if everybody has them now! They go to the tattoo parlor and they chose something from a catalogue and then they show it around thinking how cool they are. I hate that!

    But what I love about tattoos is that sometimes they tell a story about the person who has them. When I hear about the meaning of every single picture or word, like you just told us.
    That’s why I like your tattoos, Julie, they’re not just random pictures and words thrown together, they are as amazing and colourful as you are.

  3. Kim, even if you have wings, you are no basic girl. Just like Spank is no basic girl and I’m no basic girl. I refuse to put myself in that category!

  4. I actually thought I was going to get through this post able to proudly proclaim that I’m no basic girl. Then they got me with the wings. Sort of. I, too, have an angel, with wings. An angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other. And if I hadn’t gone broke since those, I’d have a lot more!

  5. Well I for one am glad you’re not a “basic girl” cause that sounds kind of boring

  6. It’s possible, Jeff, but when I googled “Girly Tattoos”, I found dozens of other articles just like this.

  7. I’m wondering if the article was written “tongue-in-cheek”.
    And your tats are awesome Ginger!!

  8. I want a real hedgehog too, Vanspunky, but they’re illegal in certain states, including California and Georgia, which is why we may end up with a tattoo of them since we love them so much.

  9. Oh, I want a hedge hog, Ginger!!! They’re so cute! I mean a real one, btw.

  10. This is kind of funny… My 21 year old son has birds flying up his spine like the ones you see in the fret of a guitar. He’s a musician. He has a beautiful, huge dream catcher on his side and an anchor on his foot. I only have one tattoo and it’s a butterfly in memory of my youngest daughter. BUT I’d love to have more! If only my spouse wasn’t so against them…

  11. I have two. A playboy bunny on my right ankle (front of my leg) and a merman. The merman was originally a Boris Vallejo piece of a mermaid and merman facing each other. My ex-husband has the other half that he unfortunately (I told him NOT to) had altered to look like yours truly. I’ve been thinking about getting 4 Coats of Arms of my grandparents. I like the Potter ideas but I would be completely covered by now if I followed my original instincts to get the ones I want. 🙂 At the VERY least, I’d like to get my merman spruced because he’s about 20. My bunny is 30. The bunny is cute – everybody says so – but I outgrew it psychologically about 25 years ago.
    Can’t wait to see how your new kitties come out!
    Love what they did with your redo. I think I’d have to travel a ways to find anyone good enough to fix mine – and that’s why mine remain the same. Travis wants some work covered up. Artists and money seems to be the hold up. I LOVE Paul Acker’s work! Love horror movies too but don’t know if I’d like a horror tattoo.

  12. I’m not a Basic Girl either Tamsin, nor do I want to be! Though Spank and I have discussed getting matching Hedgehog tattoos one day. 🙂

  13. I’m also clearly not a basic girl as out of my 6 tattoos I have none of them!
    Also I’m 99% certain we had a TV show on that squashed fairy book. If not it was very similar!

    Plus yes your tattoos are awesome!!

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