A tattoo choker is a close-fitted necklace worn around a person’s neck. It can be made from any malleable material, including leather, beads, velvet plastic, a metal such as silver, gold, or platinum, and many more others. It can be decorated in a variety of ways, like adding sequins into it, putting studs, or you may even place a pendant to add more emphasis. The common type of chokers includes a Victorian, vintage, open collar, Gothic, pendant, gemstones, or tattoo. Perhaps, this is one of the most inclusive pieces of jewelry ever made, since you can easily make one of your own.
Historically, wearing a tattoo choker necklace was associated with high fashion. However, it could also take on other implications under a different era. In the year 1798, during the French Revolution, women are dressed with red ribbons around their necks to confer homage to those who met their death at the guillotine. In the same year, a choker was also acknowledged as a French cultural jewel that was worn by wealthy ladies. In 1863, Manet’s famous painting “Olympia” portrayed a prostitute togged up with a black ribbon around her neck. During this era, a plain red or black thin ribbon around the neck could mean a woman is a prostitute. In between the 1870s and 1880s, some of history’s most famous chokers can be witnessed in Degas’ ballerina paintings. Ballerinas and the upper class in the late 18th century commonly wore certain types of chokers. In the Depression Era, a plain black woven choker or ribbon also signified secret lesbianism. In the late 1800s, Alexandra, Princess of Wales, reportedly wore thick rows of pearls and velvet to hide a scar on her neck. She was influential in expanding the trend. Chokers became quite popular among women in the 1990s. In the 19th century, chokers were mainly the playthings of the rich and famous, encrusted with pearls and dripping with jewels. This fashion statement has resurfaced again in the 2010s.
Cute Tattoo Choker Necklaces and Bracelets
1. Saturn Tattoo Choker
2. Red Pearls Choker
3. Tattoo Choker Pink
4. Sailor Moon Tattoo Choker
5. Black Velvet Choker
6. Unicorn Stretchy Henna Tattoo Choker
7. Pastel Alien Head Glitter Choker
8. Handmade Seed Bead Choker Necklace
9. Blue Druzy Tattoo Choker
10. Pastel Pink Orange Tattoo Choker
11. Vintage Jewellery 90s Clear Tattoo Choker
How to Make a Tattoo Choker DIY
If you plan to make your own choker, here’s a step-by-step tutorial
What you will need:
Flat surface, can be a piece of wood or book
Large binder clip
2 arms-length magic strings
- Even out the ends. Place it on top of your flat surface and secure it using a binder clip at the middle.
- Create a loop on the left side, keep the right straight.
- Create a loop on the right side, keep the left straight.
- Repeat until you get to the end of the magic string.
- Secure using a necklace hook.
To help you understand how the hook should look, here’s a good reference:
Best Outfit when Wearing Tattoo Choker
Tattoo choker definitely works best with a low-cut top. It is versatile jewelry, as long as your neck’s length allows it. However, a choker is not the accessory for you if you were not gifted with a long neck, having enough space between your chin and shoulders. Unexpectedly, choker goes well with almost everything, from a basic denim jacket to a romantic gown. Fashion-wise, a choker can also act as a layering piece over a turtleneck.
Different connotations of wearing tattoo choker necklaces have really evolved from time to time. The meaning of why a woman will wear one may vary from one individual to another. Take for example how people look at those who love to get a piercing or a tattoo. People should stop presuming that one accessory item would be a basis of the wearer’s personality and status. Hence, we should learn to appreciate more the beauty and elegance it gives to any woman who wears it.
Hey readers! I’m Jeffrey and your tattoo artist of the day;) I have been drawing and painting my whole life, and after graduating high school I decided it was time for a bigger challenge and I started drawing on people. I’m so fortunate I got to express my creativity through my body art and even more so to share my passion with my now wife Emilie. She started working with me in my tattoo shop as a piercer and I started writing about and photographing, my creations on this blog. I love to hear from you and hope you enjoy our work together!