BENGALURU: K Rathna A trend that has caught the imagination of the youth ahead of Valentine’s Day is to get their love interest’s names tattooed. Many who spoke to City Express have already got their names tattooed. Others are still deciding on what exactly to get tattooed. While most of them are getting the initials of their lover’s names tattooed, some prefer love symbols and interesting portayals like flowers that relate to the person concerned. Faces of their loved ones are also popular tattoos. Compared to girls, boys seem to be more keen on the tattoos.
“I am getting tattooed to impress my girl friend and prove my love to her. I believe this tattoo will symbolise our bond,” says a boy who did not want to give his name. Tattoo artistes are busy attending to around six to ten customers every day these past few days. According to tattoo parlour owners, the demand for tattooes has increased greatly over the years with the number reaching the peak in the month of February, prior to Valentine’s day. There are even instances where tattoo artistes have turned away customers.
Tattoo artist Kumar Shankar says that though getting tattooed during Valentine’s Day has become a trend among youngsters over the past couple of years, he requests his customers not to make a hurried decision. “Many school students in standard nine and ten come for tattoos and we are advising them to not get names tattooed as yet. They still have a lot to learn in life and we make them think twice,” says a tattoo artist. Another artist Nanjunadaswamy says, Most of the youngsters get tattooed after V-day but those are very sure get tattooed early.
“It is usually names, initials, flowers, animals, or other symbols that relate to their partners.” Most of the youngsters get tattooed to prove their love, while some get inspired watching movies, say the tattoo artist. “Only if couples are serious they should venture into getting a tattoo. Many break ups also and youngsters remove tattoos with a lot of pain,”adds Nanjunadaswamy Youngsters who go through break ups and failed love affairs cover their tattoos or modify them. Tattoo artistes in city suggest youngsters not to get tattooed if they have plans to join Army or Police Department, and not to get names tattoo until they can develop the capacity of taking a matured decisions.