Well that can be hard to say, exactly. Especially cause I made this phrase up. Well, not entirely. After exhaustive research (5 minutes googling) I did come across this story listed under “Tattoo Tourism”
So yeah, note to self – don’t travel to foreign lands and show off your ink that offends or makes light of their culture – they have guns and you (probably) don’t. Just saying.
But that is not what I mean by Tattoo Tourist. The word “tourist” gets a bad rap and conjures up all sorts of unpleasant images
but I am talking about people who not only love ink and have ink but those of us who willingly travel for ink. Out of county, out-of-state, out of country – no problem.
A Tattoo Tourist also spend time (a lot of time) researching tattoo artists and making wish lists. We have mental maps of our bodies with future ink mentally sketched onto limbs, torso, collarbone and backs.
We have a list of our favorite tattoo artists that we contact in hopes of making it on to their packed and highly selective schedules. Time and money are no barrier – not if your dream ink is important enough to you.
And we get that most people don’t get it. Even people who have tattoos don’t get it. Ink is ink, right? Go to your local shop, pick something cool out of a book or spell your girlfriends name correctly and choose a font and your good to go right?
Well not really.
There is a VAST difference between the top tattoo artists in the world and, well, everyone else.
Owl tattoo done by world-renowned tattoo artist, Kelly Doty
See the difference?
Now this site is NOT going to be about making fun of people’s crappy ink (I had bad ink – got it covered though) or even slinging shit at the much-maligned scratchers out there. This is a place for the celebration of tattoo artists, tattoo culture and the unique experience of getting tattooed – whether it’s at your favorite local shop, a major tattoo convention, or at the hands of one of the Tattoo Legends.
Welcome Aboard – Enjoy the Ride!