It’s been a little over a year since I’ve written about the craft beer inspired tattoo phenomena. And, during that time I’ve continued to search for them in the social media spaces, in pubs, at breweries, homebrew supply stores – just about anywhere I socialize with craft beer lovers. “Hi! My name is Chelsie. What are you drinking today? Do you have a beer tattoo?” Ok. I’m not exactly that forward, but I am looking you up and down to see if you have ink—craft beer ink. And, if I spot one on you I AM taking a picture of it. I haven’t had anyone decline yet!
What I’ve noticed is that there are some new trends emerging. The quality of the artwork is improving. The styles are becoming more interesting. Each piece is executed to match the personality and uniqueness of the individual wearing the art.
IT’S A BREWING THING
More and more of my friends in the craft beer industry are getting inked to show their passion for the art form. Take a look:
This might just be my favorite of the new trend. So intricate and just plain old stunning.
I often refer to hop forward beers as “Hop Bombs.” Never thought of a hop tattoo as being explosive. But here you go, hop grenades.
HOPS & SKULLS
I wished I had thought of this when I got my skull tattoo. So clever.
HOPS & BEER GLASS
Generally this is my least favorite when it comes to beer mug/glass tattoos. I think it’s the prominence of the hops worked into the composition that has won me over.
ALL THE HOPS
There’s been a number of hop tattoos popping up in a variety of styles. These are some of my favorites.
READ MY FIRST CRAFT BEER TATTOO POST:
Edition 1: June, 2014
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