Tattoos Hit the Mainstream and Keep on Going
Tattoos are cool. Good one's can be sexy, artistic, and meaningful. They're so popular that over 75% of people aged 18-40 have at least one tattoo. Most people don't stop there.
I've heard people say they are addicted to ink (using the word "addiction" loosely here). Given that it is far from pain free, why do it? In short, self-expression. A lot of us are compelled to express who we are, what's important to us -- our story, our identity. Using a symbolic language to do this is nothing new.
Storyteller in Ink
As popular and modern as it seems right now, getting tattooed is an ancient practice. From an article from the Smithsonian on the history of tattoos:
"Humans have marked their bodies with tattoos for thousands of years. These permanent designs—sometimes plain, sometimes elaborate, always personal—have served as amulets, status symbols, declarations of love, signs of religious beliefs, adornments and even forms of punishment."
Tattoos allow us to wear our life history in public while still keeping it personal. There's a story behind each symbol or word. It's both, at once, public and private.
It's important to note that great ink, like any art, costs some money. It's worth spending more for a good artist. You want to be confident that you will get something that will work with your style and you can show off with pride. Check out this list of the 10 best tattoo artists in Los Angeles for some truly amazing works of art. The great tattoo artist, Frank Cooke, gives some advice on the do's and don'ts.
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