Pinup girls have been a popular subject for tattoo since World War II. They were a big part of the traditional old school style of tattoo. When soldiers were overseas, photos of beautiful actresses and models would be pinned up on their walls. This was to keep the soldiers' morale up by giving them something else to think about besides war. Original pinups from the 1940's include Betty Grable, Lana Turner, and Rita Hayworth. Bettie Paige became a huge pin up model in the 1950's because of her athletic build and sexy next door girl looks. She also posed in more erotic poses and showed more skin than the 1940's models. Her pin up photos were controversial at the time.
Today pin up tattoos can be any style the wearer likes best. Old school, traditional pinups are still fairly popular. The style is classic and doesn't go out of style! The most commonly seen style is that of Sailor Jerry. All kinds of women can be subjects for a pin up style tattoo. Hipster girls, goth chicks, hip hop hotties, and retro babes are just a small sampling of the kind of girl seen in today's pin ups. New school styles can even make the pin ups look distorted or emphasized. Anime pin ups are also popular.
This is an example of a polka trash style pin up tattoo. Polka style is a fairly new tattoo style and this is a great way to incorporate it into a pin up.
Here is a cool double new style tattoo of an angel and devil pin up.
Another new school pin up of a mechanically inclined woman, possibly influenced by steampunk.
Here's a more traditional style of pin up, but realistic, of renowned model, Dita Von Teese.
This is an example of an Anime style pin up, as a mermaid.
The traditional Sailor Jerry pin up that is most recognized as pin up tattoo today.