The barbed wire tattoo is making a comeback more than 25 years after Pamela Anderson made them famous in the 1990s.
The Baywatch star got the design inked on her arm in 1995 for the movie Barb Wire, which came out the following year.
She was quoted in the LA Times as saying: “The makeup people were going to paint this on my arm every day, but I had a tattoo artist just sketch it on me and I wore it around for a half a day to see how it looked.
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“I decided I’d just go ahead and get it done. I love it. I think it’s very feminine, for barbed wire.”
But while the film was panned critically and nominated for several Golden Raspberry Awards, Anderson’s fashionable body art made waves back then and is enjoying a resurgence now.
The Daily Star reports how Instagram is awash with people showing off their barbed wire tattoos, with some taking the look in fresh new directions with their own distinctive take on the trend.
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Anderson’s barbed wire tattoo snaked around her left bicep, but today’s ink fans are experimenting with various shapes on different parts of their bodies.
Pictures have been uploaded to social media of barbed wire tattoos in the shape of love hearts and circles. Some people’s belly buttons, for example, are encircled by barbed wire while numerous women have a design under their breasts.
Though Anderson has since had her tattoo removed, other celebrities have embraced the look. Cheryl has a barbed wire design on her upper right thigh and Dua Lipa has ink in the shape of a heart on her left forearm.
The New Rules singer’s body art was done by Los Angeles tattoo artist Sean From Texas in 2018.
Some of the earliest known instances of barbed wire tattoos date back to Russian jails during the Stalin era when prisoners in forced labour camps sported the design.
Ink on the forehead often meant an inmate was serving a life sentence while tattoos on other parts of the body represented shorter sentences.
Each barb on the wire could symbolise a different “deed” like a murder or theft or they also sometimes represented the length of their time behind bars in years.
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