A Tramp Stamp, as many of you know, is the unfortunate and hysterically apt description of a tattoo, often of a tribal variety, etched forever on the lower back of impressionable young women who prefer their dance floors to double as tables and their men to woo them with Alabama Slammers and muscle tees.
Five years prior to the induction of this trend and it’s accompanying title (thank you, Wedding Crashers), I was wrapping up my last semester of college before returning to Spain where I had been living intermittently for some time. I was quite pleased with myself for my brave and independent spirit and felt melodramatically moved to commemorate this youthful breeze with a tattooed reminder for keeping it real. “I can’t regret this”, I confidently reasoned. “Because that would make me the kind of person I’m warning myself against.” Twenty-year-olds! (shakes head slowly). So, I went to a little tattoo parlor in the yuppie part of Georgetown in D.C. and got some ink… of the lower back, tribal variety. “What a clever & concealable place to put such a brilliant reminder”, I thought. “So much more original than a Chinese character on my ankle!” Cut to…
Well, crap. I didn’t see that coming.
The truth is I can’t even see it, and there are other more prominent tattoo trends-gone-sour that could be itching through my skin. But I’m embarrassed enough and conceal it when I can. It certainly doesn’t help that my husband does a Schadenfreudian chuckle when it comes up (*note…Schadenfreude is when you’re amused by someone else’s misfortune. There’s no less pretentious word that holds the same meaning here).
If you have one of these, don’t worry. I have a tramp stamp.
I’ve been in business 11 years, and as my company has grown (in breadth and community), I’ve felt inclined to suggest that my management has as well. But in actuality there has never been more than 5 of us. Like the tramp stamp, I hide something whose repercussions are artificial and probably nonexistent. No one cares how many people work at Catherine Nicole, so long as the jewelry is well designed, well-made and they’re treated like the most valued customers on earth (which they are to me). By concealing truths about the brand in an effort to control the company image, I inhibit my customer from truly connecting with me and my community of smart, kind, engaged women. I know many of these women, and the type of woman Catherine Nicole attracts wants to feel like her most independent and vibrant self. Of course, she can follow my post-expatriate example and tattoo her lower back as a reminder… OR we can just remind each other by keeping it real on the daily.
Celebrities with Tramp Stamps: Kate Moss, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Jessica Alba, Antonio Sabato Jr, Ben Affleck, Drew Barrymore, David Beckham, Anna Kournikova, Christina Ricci, Kyra Sedwick, Danika Patrick, Angelina Jolie