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"Tattoos are socially more acceptable than ever before"

When I hear the words “Tattoo Industry” I immediately think of everything from the

positive right through to the politics and negative stigma associated with tattoos.

In this issue, we want to showcase the industry, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

For most of the 19th century especially the

’80s and ‘90s tattoos were associated with

metalheads, bikers, and let’s be honest, the washouts of society. If you had tattoos it was because you were spending most of

your time in the inner circles of what society described as scum. Now however it is a culture that has developed and evolved into something more, something that no one thought would have gone mainstream.

Tattoos are socially more acceptable than

ever before and have become a fashion

statement for people all around the world.

From a client’s point of view, it has become a sea of options of different artists and styles and unlimited creative freedom to get exactly the tattoo they want.

From an artist’s point of view, it has become a little more than that, a bitter-sweet taste

is left in the mouths of those that really dedicate their lives to the love of the art of tattooing. The industry has become easily accessible for any person on the streets, you can buy non-professional tattoo equipment off of almost any online store, and get it delivered to your door in a matter of days, YouTube has become the next teacher and TV series like “Miami Ink”, “Ink Master”, etc. has become the visual library for the beginner Tattooer.

Where will the industry find itself in the next

10 years...?

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