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May 3, 2014

Tattoo artists tailor art to suit wide range of clients

Many people have tattoos, and body art has become more acceptable in recent years. The methods used are more sanitary and the equipment is more precise than many might imagine. 

“People get tattoos for a lot of reasons,” said tattoo artist Joe Hamilton, who works at Indelible Ink Tattoo and Body Piercing Studio at 141 Main St. in Oneonta. “Lately I have been seeing a lot of quotes using script. It seems to be a trend, and I think it is partly because we don’t write in cursive any more. With computers and people just printing everything, there is not a lot of people writing in the old-fashioned script that people used to use.”

Hamilton said he has seen a lot of different trends in the industry in the more than 20 years he has been a tattoo artist.

“Yeah, people aren’t getting so many names anymore,” Hamilton said. “Unless they are the children or in memory of someone who has died, people are not getting names tattooed so much anymore.”

The trend for personal tattoos is not just something for the young. According to PRNewswire, in an article published in February 2012, 38 percent of adults living in the state of New York between the ages of 30 and 39 have a tattoo. This is up from 28 percent in the year 2003. Meanwhile, the number of people ages 25 to 29 who have a tattoo has dropped from 36 percent in 2003 to 30 percent in 2012.

The poll, conducted by The Harris Poll, found that one out of five adults in the United States has a tattoo, with more adults on the West Coast reporting that have at least one tattoo. For the first time since the poll has been conducted, women are more likely to get a tattoo than men.

“This is my mother’s favorite flower,” said Jody Bosley on Friday as she showed off an intricate design that includes a flower, fairy and frog. “The fairy on the mushroom is for my daughter.”

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