Barbed wire tattoos like Pamela Andersons are back from the 90s and all over Insta

While we never thought we’d see the day, the iconic 90s barbed wire tattoo is tipped for a comeback.

Thanks to the surge in popularity of all things Pamela Anderson following the release of the biopic starring Lily James, the famous ink is popping up all over social media.

The eight episode series, which is set for release on 2 February, documents Pamela’s relationship with musician Tommy Lee, and the aftermath of their honeymoon sex tape being leaked after it was stolen from their home and sold on the internet in 1995.

In case you somehow never spotted it, the Baywatch star famously sported a barbed wire design piece of body art of her upper right bicep.

The now 54-year-old originally has the tattoo done in 1995 to honour her movie Barb Wire, which came out the following year.


She was quoted in the LA Times as saying: "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."

Even though Pamela Anderson since had it removed, It prompted a flurry of copycat tattoos as fans raced to emulate the edgy look.




However, as the years went by, the tattoo became a time stamp of the 90s, until now when the design has been popping up here and in the US.

Celebrities even followed suit and Cheryl has a barbed wire design on her upper right thigh while Dua Lipa has ink in the shape of a heart on her left forearm.

However, the origins of the design may shock some fans of the look, as it can be traced back to the Russian prison system.

Barbed wire tattoos were first seen in Russian jails during the Stalin era when prisoners in forced labour camps sported the design.

The position of the tattoo often represented the sentence- if on the face, it would mean a life sentence while other parts of the body represented shorter sentences.

Each barb on the wire could symbolise a different crime or they also sometimes represented the length of their time behind bars in years.

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