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The Growing Interest In Tattoo Art

Oct 20, 2007
Tattoo art is a craft that hasn't always been respected by those within the art community. In recent years though, the tattoo artist's status has been elevated to that of a proud member of an artistic community.

As the demand for higher quality and fully trained body art artists has grown, so has the level of commitment and craftsmanship within the tattoo and piercing community.

Viable businesses with rigorous apprenticeships are commonplace, and the consumer's ability to choose whom they do business with has never been greater.

All of these opportunities were born out of the fact that people began to realize that not only was tattooing an art, but that these artists were very skilled. With a multitude of tattooing milieus available for study, tattoo art has continually gotten better.

Body art artists commonly choose one form, whether it be Japanese, portrait, freelance, or any number of others, and then focus specifically on developing their skill and expertise in that style. This results in happier customers, a more defined customer base for the artist, and better art for the artistic community.

Another factor that has contributed to the increase in the quality of tattoo art is the availability of good equipment. Modern machines make it possible to create intricate designs with thin lines, precise shading and layered colors.

The old prison trick of using a ballpoint pen and a needle would never permit this kind of detail. The new machines are faster, safer, more accurate, and allow for maximum creative expression. The design and detail that can now be included in body art is greater than it ever has been before.

As technology continues to bring the world closer together, tattoo art has seen the integration of different styles and cultures of body arts. In the past, tattoos could be easily classified by type and culture.

Now, people are able to take the best of the ideas from each genre and create a hybrid form of art. New designs and styles, inter woven with classic ideas, are popping up in tattoo flash pages all over the internet.

Ultimately, these movements and progressions are leading to an increased interest in tattoo art as a viable corner of the artistic community. Gallery shows for tattoo art are becoming more and more prevalent as the world at large begins to take notice.

What was once considered counter-cultural is now becoming a mainstream norm. While some purists would like to maintain the counter-cultural feel of body art, the financial benefits that these artists are reaping cannot be denied or ignored.
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