rockabilly religion major

tat XI

I swear to all the gods on this dress, not taking rockabilly pictures the day after getting inked must violate some kind of fashion-blogger dictum. Far be it from me to cross the men (and women) upstairs (and down). And the light in my apartment was celestially perfect today. How could I be anything but a big ol’ inked-up ham?

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tat VIII

As of yesterday, my passion for performance is forever inscribed on my body. It’s my third tattoo, and my most elaborate to date. Body art feels so, so right. Few things make me feel more empowered than customizing my skin and hair and face, bringing the surface in line with the soul. One day I will be a flabby old woman with her life story writ round her hips and up her spine, and I couldn’t be happier at the thought.

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tat I

And this dress. My word, this dress. It’s been months since I’ve purchased something decidedly not vintage, but Hell Bunny is persuasion enough. (True to my slow-fashion leanings, however, I did purchase it from a locally owned store.) I was swept away by this piece’s tackiness. What self-respecting religion major wouldn’t want the Blessed Virgin and Baron Samedi palling around on her breasts? I realize I run the risk of blasphemy here, and I truly hope my gesture isn’t interpreted as disrespect. In my opinion, it’s a testament to the timelessness of these symbols that we in the 21st century can choose how to honor them. No need to confine our reverence to frescoes and chapel walls. I can incorporate the divine into something I love – dresses! – and I don’t think there’s a damn thing wrong with that. If you’re going to be spiritual, why not ingrain it into your life?

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tat X

Dress & Necklace: Old Gold Blazer, Belt, & Tights: Goodwill Hat & Shoes: Gifted

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Melanie says:

    Great new ink. And dress. And the lime umbrella. Your writing is a treat to read.

  2. Julie Marie says:

    Your outfit is so cute! Lovely lovely <33

  3. Jake says:

    Absolutely ADORE the dress (and you), but it’s the whole combination with the hat and belt and jacket and lips that makes this a legendary post. Chelsea will DEFINITELY be doing some borrowing. Love you!

  4. sandra says:

    It’s a great tattoo! and Hell Bunny sells the most wonderful dresses, yours is beautiful, and I like your umbrella too x x x

  5. i love your take on the religious symbols on the dress. i really hadn’t though of that, but it’s interesting how cross necklaces and frescos, as you said, are acceptable but people could get offended about the dress. either way, you totally rock it! i esp love it w/ that bright red blazer. sweet ink you got!
    Cuddly Cacti
    Mitla Moda

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