Barbed wire tattoos are back from the 90s – and theyre all over Instagram

While Pamela Anderson may have had her iconic barbed wire tattoo removed, the body art is now back in style.

Whether you love it or hate it, the 90s aesthetic is well and truly back in fashion, which includes the tattoos that were popular during the decade.

The Baywatch star had her armband inked back in 1995 specifically for the movie Barbed Wire.

She told the Los Angeles Times at the time: "The makeup people were going to paint this on my arm every day, but I had a tattoo artist just sketch it on me and I wore it around for a half a day to see how it looked.

“I decided I'd just go ahead and get it done. I love it. I think it's very feminine, for barbed wire."

While the tattoo on her left bicep will be remembered forever as the inspiration for all of the barbed wire tattoos to come that decade, she has since had it removed.

Even though celebs like Anderson and Cheryl may have made the tattoo popular, early instances of barbed wire ink were seen among Russian prisoners in forced labour camps during the Stalin era.

They were known to tattoo their foreheads if they were serving a life sentence or other body parts for shorter terms.

Each barb on the wire symbolised a "deed" committed (such as murder or theft) or another year spent in prison.

This history hasn’t dissuaded others from getting the tattoo done as it’s once again in style.

Dua Lipa is one of the current celebrities to love the look.

The popular singer put her own stamp on the trend by getting a heart-shaped barbed-wire inking on her left forearm.

It was done by Los Angeles tattoo artist Sean From Texas back in 2018 and is a bit daintier than the traditional tatts.

Then when scrolling through Instagram, it's clear that other ink fans have drawn inspiration from the craze.

The bicep wrap around is the most common form of this tattoo but people are adding their own special flair.

Those who are getting the tattoo done are choosing barbed wire in different shapes and in different locations on the body.

Some are opting for it to be in the shape of a love heart and others a circle.

One young woman decided to get a closed barbed wire circle around her belly button, another opted for a barbed wire tattoo under her breast.

This trend doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, as Instagram is flooded with people uploading photos of their tatts.

This isn't the only 90s ink craze to re-surge in recent years.

Previously, we revealed that tramp stamps are back in fashion. Who'd have thought it?!

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