Weird tattoos are a thing. Everyone has a fetish, and for some, it is getting a tattoo either in a spot that makes people go ‘oh!’ or a design that gets people gaping while you walk by. Tattoos in themselves have always built an identity for themselves as more than simple designs, but reflections of inherent subconscious beliefs, thoughts and souvenirs that stay on. The coloured pigments etched on skin tell a story that can never be erased and that stays on. But when it comes to weird tattoos there’s no knowing what will be the top contender for this one. So we went ahead and spoke to tattoo artists and asked them what’s the weirdest tattoo request they have gotten and whether they obliged!
What is the first-ever tattoo done in history?
Did humans wake up one fine day and grasp that instead of cave paintings, they could go a step ahead and etch their art on the skin? It does seem as if tattoo art has existed right since the times of the 5th century. There is a story about how the earliest human to be tattooed was discovered.
It was 1991, and two Germans were hiking in the Alps in the fall season when they stumbled upon a discovery they didn’t fathom would go down in history. A frozen body was found which was later nicknamed Ötzi after the valley where it was found. Later when studies were conducted to determine the age of the frozen mummy and how modern it was exactly, it was found that the man had lived to the age of around 45 years and had survived in the ice for more than 5000 years. But what was the most startling fact about Ötzi was that he was actually quite the fan of being inked. With over 50 lines and crosses tattooed on the body, this is the earliest evidence of human tattooing in the world.
Ötzi definitely settled for a simple form of tattooing, but the tattoo artists we spoke to tell us of the weird requests they get sometimes.
Is a naked fantasy character riding the tongue a cool fetish take form?
Aditi Naithani has been tattooing since 2008 and spends her day inking people in all things they believe true and beliefs they never want to fade away. So when one day she came across a customer asking for a naked woman atop a human tongue, in all its sexual design, she was surprised. But she went ahead and did it the way it was asked and voila!
This tattoo artist says that tattooing is much more than a bod mod accessory. “It is more an extension of our soul that makes us who we really are. Like a validation that we’re looking for or a motivation. Mostly though, it’s art.” Ask her if she’s ready to experiment with the weird tattoo requests and she says she is all up for it.
A script tattoo on the forehead saying ‘Mumma’s Boy’
Allan Gois, a celebrated tattoo artist narrates his weirdest experience. “A couple of years ago, a client walked in drunk and tipsy. My suspicions were aroused and we were astonished when we learned about his uncanny tattoo request -to get a script on his forehead that said ‘Ma ka laal’ which is Hindi for Mumma’s boy!”
Though Allan started convincing him that this was going to look deplorable, he had made up his mind. “I thought about giving it one last try and asked him about the reason behind it. Turns out his mom recently passed away and he was still grieving. As a result, this over-the-top idea came to his mind.” Guessing that it was consolation and comfort that he needed, Allan managed to calm him down enough to agree to get the script on his forearm. (The picture is not attached as per the client’s request)
For Allan, art is always something that has piqued his curiosity. “Tattooing gave my art a meaning. In the eyes of my clients, tattoos are more than simply a way to beautify their bodies; they are tales, dreams, and recollections.”
“The fact that I get to execute these stories in an eternal bond,” says Allan “is what keeps me going through life. My art is just not limited to the meaning of my life but it adds moments to other people's lives. In addition to being a creative outlet, tattooing is the core of my existence.”
Tattoos inside the mouth! What next?
Letitia Mendes was busy inking people in her studio when a client walked up to her and asked for a tattoo inside his mouth. “Firstly tattoos inside the mouth became a fad after people saw a couple of celebrities getting them but in reality, it's the worst place to get inked since it does not heal well and fades over time. The tattoo he wanted inside his mouth was the name of his ex. I did not consent to do it.”
“The other one was of a client who wanted "only the chosen may wield" to be written near the pelvic region.”
“As human beings we love to express ourselves through various forms. Often when a person gets inked, they develop the confidence that was hidden within themselves to show, be and relate to who they are. This could be right from a cartoon character, something abstract, a script that means something to them, a story that depicts a huge change in their life to something that relates to their personality. As a tattoo artist, tattooing for me feels like I have a superpower to help people empower themselves through art that they love and will stay with them forever.”