The Tattoo Industry

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The Tattoo Industry The tattoo industry is an often type cast field, in many instances it is thought of as a delinquent activity carried out in remote and filthy cesspools of social deviancy by large hairy burly men who cant get a "real" job due to past felonious activity. I hope to shoot this popular misconception full of holes. One will find through experience only that this is truly not the case, these are legitimate places of business, ran n accordance to all health ordinances by law abiding citizens. I have targeted a tattoo studio on Bessemer avenue, by the creative name of "Inkslingers." As a matter of fact I received three of five tattoos here by Kevin Spainhour who is also the subject of my interview. Judging by the parking lot, you would never suspect this place as being a successful propriety. The lot is ragged and broken with no more than half a dozen parking spaces, of those three are occupied by employees. As you approach the bright yellow sandstone building you cant help but admire the airbrushed artwork for a moment. The entrance is surrounded by tonguerings earrings dice and other assorted items. As you walk in the front door you find yourself standing in front of a glass jewelers case. This is the counter where you pay for your overpriced tattoos, jewelry or other items. The man behind the counter was a very friendly black man about six feet tall with a pierced eyebrow. He greets each visitor with a welcoming "hello." There is a partisian to the right that sections off the tattoo artist's offices. This is where they go to prepare the stencils for each tattoo. Past this room is a lounge with two bright red couches an... ... middle of paper ... ...f the great talent it takes to do what they do, and sometimes this can get to their heads. I think it is safe to say I have riddled the misconceptions of old with so many bullet holes that they no longer hold water. In the two hours I spent in the shop with Kevin Spainhour, and in my various other visits over the past two years I have yet to see that big bald biker guy with the beard to his knees that every thinks of when they think "tattoo artist." They are exactly what their name implies, artists, very skilled artists. They are not criminals, the shops are more sanitary than most doctors' offices, and the clients are not social retards looking for a way to blow their ill-gotten money. Tattoo is quick becoming a mainstream form of self-expression and I think it is only fair that it finally receives some recognition.
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