All the Amika True Tattoo Tourmaline Curler Needs Is a Tabby Cat on the Side

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Amika true tattoo tourmaline curler

Tattoos have been a hot beauty theme lately (have you checked out Chanel’s temporary tattoos or Kat Von D’s popular makeup line at Sephora?), so I suppose it was only a matter of time before ink made its way onto a curling iron.


If you like the look of vintage tattoos, take a gander at this True Tattoo Tourmaline Curler by Amika ($169). Released for summer as one of several curling irons with sassy prints (peep the zebra and giraffe versions!), the True Tattoo model sports a tourmaline barrel (found on high-end irons to reduce frizz), a smooth clampless design and a speedy 60-second heat-up time.

This bad boy isn’t cheap, but it’s decked out like The Illustrated Man, covered in tats of panthers, hearts, roses and butterflies.

NOTE: Tabs would like to remind everyone that panthers are simply unruly tabby cats.

Amika true tattoo tourmaline curler

Amika true tattoo tourmaline curler

Amika true tattoo tourmaline curler

Amika true tattoo tourmaline curler

Amika true tattoo tourmaline curler


Amika true tattoo tourmaline curler

I love how funky it looks, but the curler feels a little awkward in my hands. I’ve used curling irons with clamps since I was a little girl (lately I’ve been loving the T3 Twirl), and that’s a lot of muscle memory, yo! The clampless design of the Amika would take a little getting used to, but it did create tight, springy, long-lasting curls. Tattoo lovers, art fans and curl fiends, rejoice! Available online at

Speaking of tattoos, do you have any? Most of my friends and a few of my relatives have ’em, but I’m tat-free. I think they’re cool, and I love love art, but I’m also fickle… I can’t even commit to the same purse for a year!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Solé says:

    I definitely consider myself a tattoo lover, although I don’t have many. But I hate Ed Hardy and anything resembling Audigier’s designs. No offense to anyone who digs this trend, but of all the people I know who have some serious ink on them, none of them accessorize with tattoo paraphernalia.

  2. Christine says:

    I like the concept of the curler but Ed Hardy and Christian Audigier have ruined absolutely any love I might have had for tattoo art on accessories. I am curious to check this out (clamp free!) but in another design or no design at all.

    I hear ya on the fickleness. If and when I finally arrive to getting a tattoo, there will be a long lengthy thought process in weighing out what I want, where I want it, and how big I want it to be.

  3. Nina says:

    So cute … 🙂 I dont really curly my hair though because I dont know how. My curler lies at the bottom of my beauty tools drawer – unloved and untouched! 🙂

  4. Kelly says:

    I concur with the woman above when they say they dislike Ed Hardy and all the “fake” tattoo stuff. I think you either get areal tattoo or don’t even bother.

    I am SO bad with curling irons, I never got the hang of them and my hair doesn’t hold a curl anyway, so this one would be especially challenging for me!
    .-= Kelly’s last blog post… Zoya Wonderful Collection for Fall 2010 Swatches -amp Review =-.

  5. amy says:

    I am very used to using curling irons with clamps too but I would like to try one with just the rod, only I think I would risk burning my fingers because I am so clumsy. i have seen pursebuzz use a clamp-free iron and the curls look great. With a clamp curling iron, I sometimes get my hair caught in it and I end up loosing unnecessary hair!
    .-= amy’s last blog post… Great for Light Makeup- NARS Skin Softening Milk Cleanser =-.

  6. Stef says:

    I also agree with the previous posters about the Ed Hardy/Christian Audigier tattoo designs. They are just not for me.

    I have naturally curly hair, so I usually straighten it for a different look, but I have been known to pull out a curling iron or two for a different look. It’s not often, but it does happen!

    I have the Superman ‘S’ tattoo to the right of where a traditional tramp stamp would be and I love it! Love it! It hurt like something awful, but that was before I had kids, so I’m pretty sure I could handle two more, I’d like my childrens’ names put on me!

  7. Dao says:

    I looked at the 5th picture and I was like, “It looks like a sex toy!”

    I don’t have any tattoos because in order to put some ink on my body, it has to be meaningful.
    .-= Dao’s last blog post… My Makeup Blogs Second Birthday Giveaway =-.

  8. Gabriella says:

    Hi! First I want to say that Karen I love your blog it’s great! I’m a faithful subscriber : )

    I have an iron from amika! I love it so much i definitely recommend buying it. It makes your hair super soft and shiny and lasts for a long time. I bought it at an amika stand so mine was much cheaper, but still expensive. The straightening iron is also great… I wish i had it lol.

    For people who have concerns about the tattoos on the iron they have others without them : )

    Also they give you a glove that’s “heat resistant”… but it doesn’t work well. I recommend buying the one on amazon it’s much better <3

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