Tattoo Inspiration From Our Office

UPDATE: This post originally ran on October 18th 2012 but we are still so inspired by these tattoos we wanted to share it again!

Tattoos have been on my mind lately…I am starting to think about my next one and gathering inspiration from various sources. But one place I am definitely looking for inspiration is right here in our office! There are so many amazing tattoos that constantly catch my eye around the office, and I’m sure I’m just scratching the surface…(no pun intended). I thought it was really cool how the triangle on the left above caught the light in this photo, while the dark, filled in triangle was more shadowed. Read More

Style File: Edition 3

Quirky, creative, lovable, giggly, cool…these are all words to describe the assistant designer for Meadow here at Free People who is also this week’s Style File Girl. And boy does this girl have style. I envy how creatively cool she looks each day, and it never appears to take her much effort.  She alters pieces in unique ways, thrifts like it’s her job (okay, it partly is), and throws in unexpected extraneous items to pull an outfit together. It’s tough to explain why exactly it all works, so I’ll just let the photos speak for themselves. Check out what she wore this week…

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Even though her look changes from day to day she certainly has her favorite accessories. I’m a big fan of the watch she always wears.

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And what about those tattoos?

Her favorite is the acorn (far left) inspired by her childhood self who made her grandmother watch Peter Pan twice a day, every day. The acorn is from the version with real people in which Wendy asks Peter for a kiss, but since he’s just a boy, he doesn’t know what that is and gives her an acorn. Later on in the movie she’s struck down by an arrow, but you later come to find out the arrow pierced the acorn instead. It saved her life.

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The creative spirit that she uses in her appearance is just as apparent in her job as the assistant designer on team Meadow. She pumps out awesome piece after awesome piece, often inspired by vintage clothing that she picks apart, blogs, and her coworkers. This Wednesday she was working on updating sketches she presented for setup to meet the buyers’ and head designers’ requests. She now has to show the garments in flat form along with fabric swatches, body, and any artwork to be used in the piece. At the end of it all, she puts it together into a nice presentation so buyers can decide exactly what they’ll buy and how much.

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The coolness doesn’t stop there. Her work space and home are just as one-of-a-kind as the outfits she wears and the creativity she brings to her job. I mean, who has a pregnant Barbie to accompany them at their desk every day? Safe to say, the space she inhabits is never boring.

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And of course, I wouldn’t leave you all without a fun questionnaire. Time to let the woman speak for herself

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Office Style: Tattoos Round 2

Since I started at Free People, I’ve been noticing many cool tattoos around the office. I’m personally a big fan of body art – I think it’s a creative way of self expression, just one’s personal style. For this week in office style I wanted to show you all some of the cool tats I’ve been seeing on the Free People ladies. It was really fun hearing everyone’s story and why they chose to get their certain tattoo.

This intricate piece depicts a vestal virgin, the solar system, the sun, and a tree. Vestal virgin were powerful holy female priests in the Roman Empire. Apparently, they were something like witches. The bottom half where the solar system is depicted shows each planet, and it’s actual placement in orbit relative to the other planets. So cool!

Her middle name is based off of the Hindi word “sattvic” which means purity and harmonious balance in the world. On her middle finger she also has a lotus flower which is also representative of life and purity. I love how peaceful this tattoo is.

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She based her tattoo off of album artwork from Incubus –  It was drawn by the drummer Jose Pasillas in the band. She changed the eye in the center by replacing it with her grandfather’s eye. The idea is that he’s always with her and watching over her.

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A feather to represent her last name which means “to write” (the feather is supposed to be like a quill). After she got engaged and would be changing her last name she and her brother decided to go and get the same thing. (my brother and I both have matching tattoos too!)

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All of her tattoos are drawings by a friend of hers who lives in Brooklyn. I love the idea of putting a piece of one of your friends on you.

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This tree is based off of a necklace that she and her mother always wear. It’s “their little family tree.”

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When back packing through Thailand with her friends, they would always draw mustaches on their fingers and take pictures. Afterward, they all decided to get tattoos so that they would always be, “mustache photo ready.” Each has a different style mustache.

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This is a word that she made up which is a combination of the words “god” and “given.” She said that if she ever has her own line one day that’s what it will be called.

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i know that tattoos aren’t for everyone, but i’ve always thought they are beautiful.  it’s a form of art and a way to express yourself that is completely unique from anyone else and very personal and meaningful. i love seeing other peoples’ tattoos and hearing the meaning behind them – its like being let in on a secret.  i sometimes think of my tattoos almost like scars- and i don’t mean that in a negative way.  they represent things that i have gone through, things that have left their mark on me – emotional scars, perhaps.

there are several people here in the office that have amazing tattoos and i thought i’d share a few.

chau’s beautiful tattoo is her own handwriting – she’s an amazing artist.

our graphic designer’s tattoos were done by a friend.

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our videographer and one of her close friends got this matching tattoo.

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my favorite of my tattoos… it came to me  in a dream, and the meaning is inspired by a song, but that’s all i will say :)

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jemma’s tattoo is inspired by times spent bird watching with her dad.

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this is so rad – it’s actually a map of all the places she and her best friend used to hang out.

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and just one of our photographer’s many amazing tattoos.

how do you guys feel about tattoos? do you have one, or if you got one, what would you get?