People Are Getting Tattoos Of Their Favourite Social Media Logos
Social media is such a major part of all our lives in 2021, but for some people being consumed by it 24/7 isn't enough and they need to go further.
Meet the millennials and Gen Zers who've got social media tattoos on their body.
For these obsessed social media users, the reasons behind their logo ink are varied.
Nikita, a 17-year-old blogger from Krasnodar, Russia, has two social media tattoos - positioned in pride of place on either side of his neck.
He first got the TikTok logo in June last year, before following it up with Instagram's unmistakable camera logo.
For him, the tattoos are an attempt to gain visibility and to stand out from other social media accounts.
"I spend a lot of time on TikTok and Instagram," Nikita said.
"About seven months ago, when I was shooting a TikTok video, I had very few views and I knew that there are about 800 million users on the site, so I thought about how to stand out.
"I put the [social media] symbols on my neck so that it could be seen in any situation.
"Now, because of my tattoos, I think the world is talking about me and I dream that [people of] all countries will soon recognise me."
People all over the world might recognise him, but at home his mum was apparently initially 'shocked', although she is now happy about her son's choice of tattoos - which is just as well because he's planning on a third one, although he hasn't decided on the platform.
Meanwhile, 32-year-old Gregorio Feliciano from Tampa, Florida, is another social media obsessive, who also decided to have Instagram's distinctive Polaroid logo inked on his skin.
It's one of 12 other tattoos the IT professional has, and it cost $200 (£140) to have it placed on his inner bicep.
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"I was influenced by the Instagram logo as well as Polaroid, their logo is based off the Polaroid camera," Gregorio, who is also a photographer, said.
"I got a design made based on minimal lines, the Instagram logo and cameras I shoot on."
These two are far from the only people to get social media logos tattoos. Others have the Snapchat ghost symbol and Twitter's blue bird inked to their flesh.
Although such tattoos might seem a little shallow, one tattooist thinks that some have deeper meanings than you might expect.
Tattoo artist Onnie O'Leary, 34, from Sydney, Australia, recently inked an image of a chained hand clutching an iPhone for a client.
He said: "I enjoy contemporising traditional tattoo designs to make them relevant to the modern age and to hopefully see them become vintage relics of the past as clients age and technology changes."
Referring to their iPhone tattoo design, he added: "There's also more information coming out now about how social media companies design this technology to hold and maintain our attention artificially in order to keep us online and this is where the idea of the 'Prisoner of' tattoo seemed appropriate.
"Social media is more than just a superficial pastime, it's how we communicate with our friends, peers and colleagues around the world and it's also an important tool for expressing our identity to others and to ourselves.
"There's a lot of work being done on the disparity between our online identities and our private ones, and I find this fascinating."
So there you go, it looks like the social media tattoo is here to stay.
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