On a recent trip to San Francisco, some friends and I impulsively went out and got tattooed–and naturally, a couple of us chose crafty themes (you can see them here). This got me wondering about other crafters who have decided to make their love of needle and thread a permanent, ink-on-flesh kinda thing. Turns out there are a lot of them! Pictured above is a sweet yarn pinup from Flickr user KitchenAidCrusader. Below we have Heidi Kenney (My Paper Crane) and her retro “Homemaker” tattoo (photo by Faythe Levine), and HeatherJeany’s nicely-inked embroidery scissors. Got a crafty tattoo of your own? Leave a comment, we’d love to see ’em.


• KitchenAidCrusader on Flickr – Link.
• MyPaperCrane on Flickr – Link.
• HeatherJeany on Flickr – Link.
• “Tattoo Your Towels” transfers by Sublime Stitching – Link.

22 thoughts on “Crafty Tats

  1. Jenny it’s almost creepy. I was making a flyer to collect images of crafty tattoos to maybe be a part of Handmade Nation credits (thought it would be cool to show how devoted our generation is to craft) and what do I stumble upon posted just yesterday but this thread!!
    So HERE is my crafty tattoo that I got 10 years ago (10 years what the heck?!).
    I’ll post a link to the flyer when it’s done!

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Jenny Ryan

Jenny Ryan is an artist, crafter, and maker of things. She lives in Los Angeles with a pack of various animals (including her husband) and writes about her adventures in creating at Exit Through the Thrift Shop.

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