Miami Ink definitely played a big role in my decision to get tattooed, so I find it interesting that it is seen as sort of a dividing line in the tattoo time line.
While some Canadians have been marvelling at the size of Justin Trudeau’s election victory – helping the Liberal Party turn a wipeout in 2011 into an overall majority – others have been focusing on the 43-year-old’s athletic body and a large tattoo on his left arm. Could he, they ask, be the only major world leader with a tattoo?
I have never seen an artist who didn’t dispense their ink into single use cups prior to beginning the tattoo. I’m not sure what single use ink packs would accomplish besides driving up cost and creating more waste.
History tells us that the concept of self-branding was embraced fully in England in the 1860s after the Prince of Wales marked himself with a cross, partaking in a Medieval ritual. Meanwhile, the art of ink was in its fledging stages in America. Martin Hildebrandt, considered one of the country’s first tattoo artists, opened a shop in New York City in 1870, making tattoos accessible for citizens who weren’t able to travel overseas.
I love that tattoos are beginning to get more respect in the fine art world. This is an awesome ad campaign to promote a new tattoo exhibit about to open at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. This will be the museum’s first foray into the art of tattooing.