tattoo culture

Shanzey Afzal's conservative Muslim family didn't approve of tattoos, but she embraced her love for them anyway. She now owns her own women-only studio called Ink Minx.
As soon as Gene Coffey rolls up the ink-black metal gate at his tony tattoo parlor, he starts talking about his art studio.
Tattoo artist Keith "Bang Bang" McCurdy talks about the weirdest tattoo he's ever inked.
Once upon a time, a tattoo was a sign of an outlaw or an outlaw wannabe. And at the same time -- in this country at least -- outward signs of faith or references to God were often thought hopelessly dorky and prudish.
"That you are carrying a piece of art around all the time. Lots of tattoos have a story to them; they make people talk to
From standard tattoos to implants, dye injections and dental work, the modifications ran the gamut from basic to extreme.
I have tattoos. I've had them for years. I've had kids for a while now, too. And yet I've never thought of getting a tattoo that pays tribute to my two boys -- by name, symbol or otherwise.
I knew that I was going to be tattooed long before I even thought about being a writer. I was listening to "Girls Girls Girls" by Motley Crue with a friend in his room, and on the wall was a poster of the band. They were standing on stage, half naked, and covered in tattoos.
I am 60 years old -- not a 40-is-the-new-60 type but a real, un-airbrushed 60. I start with that because I never thought I would get this old, and because I must prove that I have enough life experience to write about tattoos.