Existential Tattoos

I think that in the 1950s anything slightly non-conformist was labelled 'existentialist'.

This tattoo, on the back of a young Italian woman in Milan, Nov. 5, 1952, is in a new fashion taken up by young feminine followers of the post-war existentialist philosophy of Jean Paul Sartre, the French writer. The tattoo reads: "I have loved. I am grateful to God." This girl likes to be called Ginetta Sartre in honor of the leader of the movement. The tattoos are usually sentimental phrases or symbolic drawings. (AP Photo)

Wichita Eagle - Oct 27, 1952

Anyone with an existential tattoo should make sure to also wear an existentialist hat.
     Posted By: Alex - Tue Mar 08, 2022
     Category: Fashion | Philosophy | 1950s | Tattoos

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