Just as there are many reasons to get a tattoo, there are many reasons not to get a tattoo. Those reasons to remain ink-free can range from having religious convictions to simply not wanting to make a commitment to wear a permanent (or at least until you can afford expensive laser removal treatments) design on your skin.
After our August feature on tattoo-free ladies received so much attention, it was decided a follow-up was in order. Here are several more ladies, in various occupations, who have chosen not to adorn their bodies with any ink. All photos courtesy of the ladies themselves except where otherwise credited.
“I’ve always found that less is more and why would you change the natural beauty you’ve been given?” – Patricia Rushing, Author, Playwright, Screenplay Writer, Baltimore, Maryland
“I’ve read your article and I do think it’s an excellent idea because in our society it’s almost more normal to add unnatural things on our body rather than being simply natural. These women can be proud of resisting some kind of ‘style’ pressure. We have decided to keep our own natural style. Well, I have respect for people with tattoos, but sometimes it becomes a bit too much. You’re right, I am a tattoo-free lady and I’m glad to be included because I totally defend tattoo-free beliefs. I live in Cannes, in the French Riviera, and there are so many women with tattoos, plastic surgery, piercings, etc.” – Sabrina Haley Ravaux, Commercial Real Estate Agent and Model, Cannes, France
“I admire looking at tattoos on other people, but it’s not for me. That is a big commitment! As a nude art model, I would like to think my body is a blank canvas. I do not want any distraction taking away from the photography. When a client hires me, I am a prop and the product is the star of the shoot. I have no plans on getting a tattoo.” – Maly Siharath, Fashion Stylist, Costume Designer, and Model, Huntington Beach, California
“To me, tattoos used to represent individuality or, in some instances, edginess. Now, everyone and their grandmother has one. I feel like they’ve lost their impact. I’ve never been a follower so I wouldn’t get one just because everybody else has one. I still use a flip phone and an IPod for crying out loud. I don’t have anything against them and think some people look great with them (Kat Von D), but in so many cases, I see bad tattoos drawing attention to bad body parts. The thigh tattoo …on a big misshapen pale thigh is not my idea of cool. I also love fashion and I think they ruin and detract from certain outfits. That’s just me. To quote the very funny comedian Sebastian Maniscalco about not having any tattoos; ‘You don’t put a bumper sticker on a Ferrari.'” – Claudia Stavola, Stand-up Comedienne and Writer, Author of Forthcoming Book, 100 Things to Hate Before You Die
“In today’s modern society, the only reason I am an ink-free individual is because of my profession. I’m a nationally award winning and internationally published model. I’ve worked for companies like Fitbit and Gatorade, I’ve even had billboards in Times Square, New York! I do not have tattoos because they would limit what I could do with my career.” – Mije Von Merta Sustarich, Model and Kickboxing Instructor, San Francisco, California. Photo by Jason Lee.
“I have remained ink free due to my modeling and acting career. I love them, but doesn’t work with my career choice.” – Yvette Michelle, Model, Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Dustin McClease.
“I’m happy being ink-free, as it works better for me with my different styles and fashion and also for photo shoots and acting, plus I get bored with the same look so tattoos wouldn’t be good for me.” – Loula Kazantzi, Actress and Model, Basildon, England
“I love good tattoos. I find them really hot. On other people. I’ve dated some women and men with amazing tattoos, legendary. The only times I’ve ever considered getting a tattoo, were highly emotional and transitional periods of my life. I always tell myself, Wait three months. If you still want one then you can get it. I’ve never still wanted one after the three months were up. The only time I’ve been truly tempted was when I heard about ‘intuitive tattoo artists.’ The sit and talk with you for a few hours, then they draw something on your skin based on their intuition about you. After that you get to decide if you want the image forever or not. The spiritual teacher and consciousness explorer in me like the sound of that. But, as an actor and nude model I like to be able to offer my body as a blank canvas. Yes, tattoos can be covered, but fake tattoos can also be applied. At this point I can’t imagine ever getting a tattoo, but you never know. Maybe I’ll get one for my 80th birthday.” – Jessica Graham, Sexual and Spiritual Activist, Author, Actress, Filmmaker, Nude Model, Sex and Intimacy Guide, Los Angeles, California. Photographer: Instagram@slipperywhenwet
“I chose to remain ink free because I want to keep a girl next door look. I am too indecisive to make a permanent decision.” – Sara Russi, Model, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvanian