If you don’t have it, you can always fake it! Faux tattooed sleeves have become a rage in Delhi, especially among those who love tattoos but don’t have it in them to get inked. It’s also a cool way to protect your skin from the scorching heat.
“As I’m afraid of needles, I fulfill my tattoo fetish by wearing tattooed sleeves. It looks stylish, protects me from the heat and you can wear a new design everyday,” says Ritika Saxena, a college student.
You can take your pick from colourful, abstract patterns to monochrome tattoo prints. Highly popular among college-goers who ride bikes or scooties, they are also a great way to protect your skin from heat and tanning. Designer Rina Dhaka gives a big thumbs up to the trend.
“Tattooed sleeves blend fashion with functionality. When you pick one, make sure that fabric is skin-friendly as heat can make it melt into your skin. Not just bikers, even people driving a car can wear it to avoid peeling and burning of the skin,” she says. Image consultant Yatan Ahluwalia is also all for this chic street style. “It’s a fun accessory to wear, especially when you don’t want to get permanently inked. It’s a cool look for summer. The fabric should be thick enough that direct sunlight does not go through it. Men can wear it, too, especially with half sleeve shirts, vests and muscle tees,” he says.
Designer Reynu Taandon, though, suggests not to go overboard. “It’s nice to see people experimenting with different tattooed sleeve designs. But go easy on the accessories. If you club it with chains or bracelets, you might end up looking weird, not cool,” she says.The tattooed sleeves are readily available in flea markets of Palika Bazaar, Janpath, Sarojini Nagar and cost as cheap as `50. “Summer mein bahut demand hai iski. Roz 30-40 pieces bik jaate hain,” says Mohan Lal, a seller at Palika Bazaar. You can also order them online. So go, grab one for yourself!