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It might surprise some people, however, to learn that they come not from a painter or sculptor but from a professional tattoo artist. Johnny “Thief ” Di Donna worked in various fields of conventional art for fifteen years before picking up his first tattoo needle. Once he did, he never looked back. Now running his own tattoo studio in Savannah, Georgia, Johnny Thief is happier in his art than he has ever been before. Why Tattoos? Johnny Thief is just one of the many professionally trained artists who have entered the tattoo field in recent decades.

I’m very proud of what I am wearing and what I’m doing. Some people look at me and think it’s a mask, [but] I don’t mind what they think. . ”63 Did You Know? Some Eskimo labrets were carved to look like tusks. A man wearing two of these adornments, one through each side of the mouth, looked a lot like a walrus. Public Piercing While Davidson collects piercings just for fun, others do it specifically to attract attention. They pierce their own skin or allow others to do it in public while onlookers gasp in disgust.

Atienza loves her tattoo. Even more, though, she loves the story behind the ink. “For me it ended up being very much about the journey,” says this tattoo tourist. “It’s not just about the mark as much as it is about the experience. ” Quoted in Dana McMahan, “Tattourism: Permanent Souvenirs Make Their Mark,” NBC News, January 29, 2013. com. and were looked down upon in the eyes of the public, who allowed this art and industry to grow into what it is today. . ”56 Whitlock is not alone in this effort.

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