How far are you willing to go to profess your allegiance to fashion? What are the riskiest trends you’ve adopted in the process of setting yourself apart from your contemporaries? And more importantly, would you let your individuality in the guise of your own fashion preferences shine through, in a world where conformity is the rule?
If your answers to those questions reflect a resounding affirmative sentiment, then you might just be the type of person to understand the appeal of face tattoos.
I was transfixed the first time I saw a woman with face tattoos doing a vlog on Youtube. She was so uncharacteristically chic, for someone whose entire body, including face is inked, that she struck me as the exception to the rule, not the rule. But as my exposure to face tattoos increased, I realized that not only do they possess an inherent charm, they exude the nihilistic proclivities which make up the crux of Absurdist philosophy.
Fashion is ever evolving, trends change at a faster rate than technology these days, designers come up with the most outlandish ideas in their bid for relevancy. But often pushed to the sidelines, is the philosophical aspect of it all. Whilst fashion at the core is seen more as a matter of tastes, how a person presents themselves says a lot about them and often more than they would wish to convey. For that reason, face tattoos aren’t just markers of rebellion, they’re signs that someone is comfortable enough to be an individual in a very homogeneous world.
Tattoos in general have that appeal, which I would argue, doesn’t seem so obvious these days. Tattoo trends are the most conformist trends I’ve ever seen, tribal and psychedelic designs are feted among fashion dilettantes who do not want to miss out, gory imagery for people with emotional problems, striking sleeve tattoos on assertive people who let their image define them. But face tattoos are completely different.
Face tattoos have 3 prerequisites : moxie, chutzpah and resilience. To face the leery stares of strangers requires the utmost inner strength and a particularly healthy self esteem.
The philosophy behind face tattoos makes them even more spellbinding, as they tacitly project a modicum of self-awareness and stoicism. The level of care differs among face tattoo enthusiasts in that some wearers of face tattoos tend to care more than others, but there’s still an extant commonality among all these people; they understand the link between mortality and aesthetics more than any other group of people.
I thought it would be fitting to use the image of Lil Peep to illustrate this article, because no one else perfectly embodies the ethos of face tattoos than someone whose youth will always define his existence. With old age, all tattoos will shrink. What used to look menacing and intimidating, will lose its vigor and sturdy feel. And I think that’s another philosophy that bolsters the appeal of face tattoos; the longevity of one’s youth.
Extreme fashion trends are not met with the same fulsome reception as rudimentary, salient trends. But that’s okay because those with an eye for aesthetics finally get to detach themselves from other fashionistas whose claim to fashion intelligentsia is ironically their glib adherence to conformity.