Tasteful Tattoos on Your Face, Neck, Head, or Ears
Are Face Tattoos for Criminals?
Have you ever seen footage from a prison yard or a black and white mugshot photo of a man with a black tear tattooed just below his eye? This is a common gang- and prison-related marking. The number of tears you have represents the number of people you have killed. But facial tattoos aren't just for criminals anymore, although people who opt for neck, face, and head tattoos are more daring than those who only get them in places that are discreet or can be easily covered up or hidden.
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Should Tattoos Always Be Socially Acceptable?
My father was quick to remind me when I got my tongue pierced at the age of seventeen, "Now you'll never get that high-power job in corporate America." But different people have different values, and not everyone cares whether or not their tattoos or body mods are socially acceptable. As I was quick to remind him, "Whoever said I wanted a job in corporate America?"
Tasteful, Beautiful, Delicate Face Tattoos
Face and neck tattoos are no longer just for the "hardest" of tattoo lovers—a girl I know has the signature of a friend of hers who died young inked in tiny print behind her ear, and it actually looks very tasteful, delicate, and perfectly placed.
I also see examples of small butterflies and stars tattooed on faces, necks, and ears that look equally appealing. Kat Von D, renowned portrait tattoo artist featured on the TLC reality series Miami Ink, has a series of thirteen small black stars lining her face alongside her brow.
Extreme Face Tattoos
Of course, there will always be someone willing to take it to the extreme, like the Lizard Man who covered his body with green scales up and down, including on his face, and had his tongue surgically split to appear more reptilian. Or the people who emblazon the names of loved ones in huge script on the sides of their necks, and the men and women who shave their heads and cover the scalp with words and images. Some people go the extra step and have metal nodes surgically implanted beneath their scalp to give the appearance of horns. For those of you with weaker stomachs, not to worry, the most extreme tattoo I'm including here is the black and white image of a skull inked atop a guy's bald head.