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.
This looks like a great book.
Bodies of Subversion was the first history of women’s tattoo art when it was released in 1997, providing a fascinating excursion to a subculture that dates back to the nineteenth-century and including many never-before-seen photos of tattooed women from the last century. Newly revised and expanded, it remains the only book to chronicle the history of both tattooed women and women tattooists.
Yet another case of a tattoo studio not being allowed to open due to some creative interpretation of zoning laws by people who clearly just don’t want tattoo studios in their town.
…since tattoo artists are licensed by the state Department of Health and the state defines the premises from which tattooists work as a “tattoo studio,” DiProjetto’s and Wight’s proposed business could not rightly be considered an “artists’ studio.”
Limbeck also maintained that tattooing was not a “retail business,” despite LoveHate Tattoo having a retail license from the city of Rochester dating to 2001.
It comes down to Pittsford not wanting tattooed people in their town doing business. It’s okay if a tattooed person is pumping your gas, but a tattooed person opening a business in Mayberry won’t fly.
About three years ago, husband-and-wife team Sara Spruth and Eric Dean Spruth, both tattoo artists, started an outreach effort called Symbol of Thyself, in which they go into schools chatting up teens and pre-adolescents about the dangers of using unhygienic tools and the long-term social ramifications of marking themselves with permanent tattoos.
This sounds like a great program. Kids need to learn about tattoos early in order to make informed decisions that they won’t regret a few years down the road.
I thought this was a great article. The idea that tattoos have lost their edge only seems to bother people without tattoos. I have never heard anyone use words like edgy or cool when describing their own tattoos, yet I constantly see anti-tattoo rants talking about how they aren’t edgy. Nobody is still trying to claim they are are, so move on.
Getting a tattoo doesn’t have to mean a lot these days. I think it used to mean something – it was edgy, a sign of the counter culture. Now it’s just … a tattoo. Nothing more.
Anything that’s cool will be cool for a while, and then it becomes normalised. That doesn’t make it s***, it just means it wasn’t what it was. Punk was punk, but then punk bands started to get in the charts. Rock’s the easiest example – it was alternative, but now rock bands are the main pop acts.