here, to address all the talk about whether or not you can be true vintage with tattoos. The point basically was, no you can't, but not because of your tattoos rather because of the fact we live in 2011.
Now I'd like to show the reverse side of that coin and chat a bit about tattoo snobbery. To be fair I have to state as a tattooed woman I am slightly biased. I'll come right out and tell you that when I see a gal in vintage and and a certain style of tattoos I give her (often mistakenly) more 'credibility' -(whatever that means!) I left any scene many years ago, although I brought my tattoos and vintage clothing with me. I love running into older gals like myself and clothing and tattoos are one way I recognize them. We have a bit of shared history-like running into someone from your graduating class.
My closest friends though do not wear vintage or have many tattoos-if any. It's refreshing!
My issue is with tattooed women feeling superior to those not tattooed or not tattooed with THE right kind of tattoos. My opinion is traditional styled tattoos go best with vintage clothing- BUT a tattoo does not have to be custom, meaningful or traditional style to be a good tattoo. I have seen many bad tattoos that contain all these elements. Get tattooed with what you want. There is nothing wrong with walking in and choosing a design off the wall (gasp!) if that is what you want. A good tattoo is a good tattoo and a bad one is just that. My hope is that gals love their own tattoos-good or bad. (most are fortunate not to know the difference so keep your opinion to yourself) Just like your clothing they are a reflection of you, not someone else's ideal.
Also to all the tattooed masses out there I wish you could stop complaining about people judging you for your tattoos. Yes, they will judge you, say dumb things, and sometimes strangers will reach out and touch your tattoos. You have put yourself in that position, deal with it or invest in a sweater.
Now let's all look pretty and play nice.