Popular in the 90s and early 2000s, and resurfacing in today's fashion, tattoo chokers were found in most tween jewelry boxes. The original style was originally a thin woven mess of black strands of plastic mimicking a type of bicep tattoo. They then morphed into multi colors, beaded versions, and some that had charms and pendants.
The origins of the choker in general date back before the 1600s. Anne Bolyn is often cited as an early example of a choker promoter as she wore her famous B pearl choker necklace. Chokers were also used as a political rebellion or marker as those during the French Revolution who had lost a loved one to the guillotine often wore a red ribbon tied tightly around their necks. Many articles and vlogs have been devoted to the history of chokers at large. If you would like to know more follow the links at the end of the article to some more info on these interesting necklaces. But, for this installment of Curious Fashion History I wanted to focus on specifically the "tattoo choker" as they are beginning to weasel their way back into western fashion.