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Tattooing Has Become Upscale

Mar 27, 2008
The world of tattooing has changed greatly for tattoo artists. No longer are they solely found in the run down and unsavory areas of a city or in prisons, even though there are still those who do their tattooing in such places. Tattoo artists are now working in the better neighborhoods as well.

Nowadays there is a greater acceptance of tattoing and appreciation for the wonders that can be created on the human skin. Prime time television has shows following the lives of prominent tattoo artists, and most major cities have at least one tattoo convention each year. There are now even schools to help train future tattoo artists.

A tattoo design can tell you a lot about a person's personality and character. Common tattoos found on people might represent anything from their sweetheart to their greatest passions, to their favorite soccer team or even to their children. Most tattoo enthusiasts enjoy talking about their tattoos and explaining the meaning of each one.

In the past, the best an aspiring artist could hope for was to be trained by another artist in the business. The designs were usually simple and done by hand or using homemade machines. The sanitary conditions were abysmal. Antibacterial precautions were not known about so plenty of people suffered from ink poisoning due to badly prepared dyes and inks.

Today's tattoo artists have achieved a new respectability. There are gatherings where tattoo artwork can be appreciated and magazines devoted to this art form. The tattoo joints where things are done as quickly as possible are now being threatened by the increasing number of upscale salon-type tattoo parlors. A tattoo is for life, so people want a quality design rather than something rushed!

People who visit these tattoo parlors usually have a clear idea in their mind of the type and size of tattoo they want. They want someone talented to do their design and they want to use their skin to showcase this art form. Amazing one of a kind pictures and drawings are being displayed by some people these days, showing off the most intricate patterns and designs.

A lot of people visit a tattoo parlor to get a permanent design etched into their skin, but others are more interested in piercing. Many artists are qualified to both tattoo and pierce. Piercing, unlike tattooing, is not permanent unless it is extreme piercing.

Society has certainly changed a lot over the past twenty five years. What used to be seen only on prisoners and sailors is now acceptable for just about anyone, and in fact, today a lot of people have tattoos. Tattoo artists are no longer treated with disdain. Some of them are even revered as incredible artists and people are impressed by their work. As more people choose to get tattoos, this art form will become even more acceptable. What better way to show off your individuality?
About the Author
Author Terry Michaelis has written several articles on tattoos and beauty. Find out how you can get one of the most diverse collections of tattoo designs and learn more about cool tattoos at her web site.
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