Vatoo Your Vulva?

Tired of your same old vagina? Fear not, now your crotch can have its very own tat–I mean–vatoo.

In the latest attempt to manufacture the “perfect” woman’s body, a New York spa is offering airbrushing for lady bits. For $115 women can get a full wax and a vatoo–the temporary-airbrush-vulva-art of their dreams.

So what do you get for $115? According to The Luxury Spot, you’ll leave Completely Bare, the New York spa responsible for pioneering both the vatoo and the vajazzle, with a non-toxic, airbrushed image on your mons pubis that will fade away in seven to 10 days. If you’re feeling really adventurous, the salon can incorporate a tuft or two of manicured pubic hair into the design. Some possible vatoo images include hearts, spiderwebs and a glow-in-the-dark “69.”

So far it’s just the elite blogosphere that’s chattering about the vatoo (also known as “vatu,” or “twatoo”). Not even Completely Bare has the new procedure listed on its website.

So is this sassy or stupid? Could this provide an opportunity for subversive feminist art? Or is it another example of institutional control over women’s bodies?

Let us know, or let Completely Bare spa know what you think.

ABOVE: A vatoo in action. Photo courtesy and



Stephanie hails from Toronto, Canada. She is a Ms. writer, a master of journalism candidate and a hip hop dancer/instructor/choreographer. She got her start in feminist journalism at the age of 16 when she was a member of the first editorial collective at Shameless magazine—and she has never looked back.