Orange is the New Black’s Ruby Rose had a colorful summer, one that included a trip down the #Taymerica slide and unfortunately, the end of her brief romance with business woman and model Harley Gusman. However Ruby, as always, found a very creative way to move on. She recently added to her vast tattoo collection by putting a portion of the Pantone Color Chart on her back. She joked on Instagram that she was the new marketing for Home Depot:
Guys Home Depot is trying to save paper.. So now you can order me and I will stand facing your wall until you pick the color you like. I'll even stand facing the wall as you have breakfast and as you're watching tv at night so you can see the colors at different times. Offer limited. Conditions apply. *this is a completely false ad
As far as the chart’s significance goes, Ruby hasn’t mentioned anything yet but I assume it has one. She has said in the past that every tattoo she has means something personal to her.
But no matter the count — three, four or 100, Rose said each work of art is symbolic in its own way, and she plans on continuing her ink collection until she runs out of canvas.
“It’s not like I have one specific one that I like better than any of the others, but they all serve a purpose,” she shared. “My body is a canvas and it’s like I have a journal from [when I was] 16 to now, and I can trace a timeline of my life from where I’ve been — the ups and the downs, the trials and tribulations and all that I’ve overcome to get to where I am today — by looking at this map on my body. And if I didn’t have that, I would forget a lot of things, and I’m glad I don’t and can’t forget.”
Maybe this is just an interpretation of the popular color wheel tattoo? One of the 2016 Pantone Color of the Year is Rose Quartz, is it a signature move? I am grasping at straws here but Ruby posted it so she obviously wants us to try and guess why she got it. My OCD tendencies are very impressed with how clean each little square is – the artist was really good.
CB brought up a good point about this particular tattoo: the whole point of the Pantone Color Chart is to represent colors universally to make design easier. As tattoo colors are translucent and therefore affected by their background, the chances of any color, once applied, being 100% accurate to the chart is small. Not to mention tattoos fade over time and are affected by sun exposure, etc. Even Pantone suggests replacing their chart once a year due to discoloring. So why get a tattoo that is supposed to be a pure form of color if, by virtue of being a tattoo, it will never be a pure form?
Photo credit: Fame/Flynet Photos and Instagram