A tattoo is no longer taboo, at least in fashion circles. At the recent spring showings it was hard to miss the little tattoos decorating the ankles of several top models, and a few designers made a point of tattoos in their collections.
"I use them to emphasize bareness," Anna Sui said, explaining why a small inky butterfly showed up on the knee of a model wearing a short skirt, while a rose peeked over the low-slung back of a pair of hip huggers. In Paris last month, much of the Comme de Garcons collection was accompanied by what appeared to be drawn-on necklaces and bracelets.
Some stylish tattoos, like the small rose on the inside of the model Christy Turlington's ankle, are permanent. But the designers and many young fashion followers use temporary alcohol-based transfers.
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