Holiday Gift Guide: Tattoo Greetings
So, as anticipated, "Black Friday" was gross.
Nevertheless, it hasn't put me off to gift giving, which I think can be fun and warm and fuzzy without crushing small children. A better alternative to the mall store melee is "Small Business Saturday," where shopping can be done to support your local business and independent sellers. My Small Business Saturday starts at Etsy, where awesome (and not so awesome) illustrators, crafters, and other badass people with glue guns offer creative wares you won't find at Walmart.
As in years past, I'm highlighting tattoo-themed holiday cards early on to give you enough time to order the greetings, write sweet nothings, and mail them (by post!). A couple were highlighted last year but are worth a re-order.
One of my consistent favorites is Sugar Beet Press's "Tattoo Lady Holiday Cards," with the words "Peace on Earth, Good Will To Men" illustrated within the backpiece (shown above). Each card is $3.50 and a ten pack is $22.50 plus shipping. They are A2 size (4 1/4" x 5 1/2"), printed on heavyweight watercolor paper, and are blank inside. Red envelopes are included.
You really can't get more adorable than the "Tattoo Carnival People Holiday Cards" by Crankbunny. You can purchase the set of ten "Miss Suzy" and "Sir Craig" cards for $20 plus shipping, or get 3-packs of each character for $12.50. The extra cool thing is that you can personalize the cards and choose what cut-out paper object each character holds -- a huge candy cane, a gift present, a dreidel, or gold star that is each detailed with festive glitter! Also check out Crankbunny's wonderful tattooed paper puppets.
In the UK, Vickilicious Designs is offering these "Tattooed Sugar Skull" cards for 2.60 GBP (approximately $4.15) plus shipping in the UK & internationally. The snow-flaked skull is "printed onto a silver mist card, pale blue/white dusted with silver finished with ice blue jewel." It's blank inside and comes with the envelope. Customized cards are also available.
If you're feeling crafty, get the "Tattoo It Yourself" cards by Canadian illustrator Andrew Kolb. Take the tattoo-free minx or gent, and draw your own greeting on their animated bods and inside on the blank banner. The cards are $18 Canadian dollars for a pack of five plus shipping in Canada and worldwide.
It's all much sweeter than a Facebook post.