Tattoos are Forever: Ink on women we like

Now that Diana is a single lady, we were all hoping that White Collar would focus on her as she dates a lot of pretty ladies. Instead we’re overwhelmed with Peter and Neal’s bromance.

This week’s episode had few Diana moments but it had one great scene in which she and Peter interrogate a woman who is blackmailing the U.S. Attorney on a case. The woman, who is a “fixer” for lots of high profile people around the city, take the opportunity to show how much she can learn from Diana based only on her tattoo:

“Squares symbolize stability, a foundation. The line connecting them symbolizes companionship. You must have been very much in love. Five years ago, I’d say from the fading. Tattoos are forever. Love, I guess, not so much.”

Newly single Diana is none too pleased. Look out lady.

That’s the thing about tattoos: Every single one has a story (including Marsha Thomason’s). Some stories are cute or sexy, others are meaningful or impulsive. Plenty of us have gotten one and thought better of it.

It got me thinking about some of the other lovely ladies who have well known tattoos.

Lisbeth Salander (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)

No matter whether you preferred Rooney Mara, Noomi Rapace, or the Lisbeth you imagined from the books, Lisbeth Salander might be the most badass character ever. That Lisbeth has a dragon tattoo on her back might be the only concrete thing we ever know about her and she’s just fine with that.

Corky (Bound)

Violet uses Corky’s tattoo as her seduction point of entry. Ahem.

Violet: That’s a great tattoo. Beautiful labrys. Are you surprised I know what it is?

Corky: Maybe.
Violet: I have a tattoo. Would you like to see it?

It may have made me roll my eyes but who can argue with the result?

There are also a slew of lovely queer ladies who rock some serious ink. I picked just a few of my favorites to share.

Margaret Cho

Cho has turned her body into a work of art and she’s not shy about showing them. Even more impressive was the way she dealt with the commenters who were less than kind.

Seimone Augustus

The Olympian, who brought home gold as part of the U.S. team in London, started her tattoo collection with the names of her grandmothers on her ankles but certainly didn’t stop there.

Angelina Jolie

Of course we can’t forget Angie and all her tattoos that get the mainstream media all in a dither. They’re plentiful, enigmatic, and at times ill-advised (Billy Bob’s name comes to mind) but we can’t seem to take our eyes off of them or off of her.

OK, your turn. Who would you add to this (purposefully) truncated list? What’s the story behind your tattoo?