As is true with most trends, body art (read: tattoos), or rather the acceptability thereof, is cyclical. No longer is getting inked reserved exclusively for those that don’t want a job as our parent’s told us. And thankfully!

Today, having a tattoo (or two) seems to be universally acceptable – almost mandatory in some circles. As a personal rule, I have a hard time trusting a barber or chef who doesn’t have at least one tattoo demonstrating their commitment to their craft. Then again, I don’t have a laptop tattooed on me yet.

Not Your Mom’s Tattoo Parlour (well, maybe)

Jean André is an artist, yes, but to define him as only that would be shortsighted. I’ve been a fan of the Paris-based artist for years and while many of his pieces use human skin as its canvas, you won’t be able to drunkenly stumble in to some dingy, back-alley tattoo parlor and get a tattoo of your dead dog’s name on your ankle – if you want to join the exclusive club of those who have been inked with this Parisian’s work, you need to reach out directly.

Even though Jean André’s pieces aren’t limited to a singular style, once you know what to look for you can easily distinguish his signature aesthetic. His use of fine point, clean, thin lines. His intentionally sparing use of color, when used at all, adds an in-your-face emphasis. And, as is true for any self-respecting Parisian, his use of undeniable sensuality; ranging from the overt style of masturbating pin-up girls to the subtle “kiss me till I cum” tats.

 

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Coming to a city near you

If you’re itching to get inked by the Bonjour Tattoo Club but can’t make it to Paris, keep an eye on their Instagram channel as they’re now opening up tattoo popups around the world. In the meantime, you could still get your Jean André fix via his Instagram account, and if that’s not enough he’s kind enough to sell one or two different shirts on his website displaying examples of his work…which I’ll proudly wear until I get something a bit more permanent.

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Not Just Tattoos

Even though I consider myself somewhat conservative (definitely more than my tongue-kissing, ménage-a-trois inventing, friends over in France), I would proudly display almost any of Jean André’s art on my wall, if not my body.

Check out some of his artwork below.

The Artist is in.

 

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We’ve made gift checks so you can now offer a tattoo from us ????

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Today’s classic

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