Don't know if it is fading as I counted 23 parlors in the local phone book. Three were doctor ads for removals in them too. One gave up private practice for removals so it must be more financially lucrative for him (Cash business maybe and no insurance to pay him pennies on the dollar?).
Issue is a lot of them look bad in quality, color, sharpness, etc. Plus their owners don't maintain them and they get "runny." Reminds me of wedding photographers who hate "Instagram Wedding Photos" on their quality, so we have a lot of "Instagram Tattoos" around here now where the artists really aren't that good.
I've met one model on here, Lacy Soto (MM#730453), and her ink work really is art and she keeps it looking very sharp as she has fair skin (almost white), but she works for Kat Von D too so she has connections to whom I would imagine are the better "Ink" artists in LA too.
My brother has one of the old military and flag things on his chest. It is a mess now and his wife has been bugging him "To get it fixed up or taken off!" I'm still awaiting the winner in that household war.
Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
In my opinion, yes, a lot of people regret those tattoos - but, the people that regret tattoos regret them because they got them for the wrong reasons. So many people get tattoos solely because they think they'll look better with them. When the tattoo is finished, they realize their body still looks the exact same and regret getting the tattoo. Being in the body modification industry, I get tattoos because I love the process of getting a tattoo and the end result. I love being able to turn a piece of art on paper into art on skin. I love the creative process. One in eight people will get a tattoo on impulse, without putting any thought into it (really, I think it's probably more like four in eight and maybe three of them actually turned out well, while the one that didn't turn out well regrets it).
So no, tattoos aren't dying, people are just realizing that tattoos aren't something to just throw on your body to make other people think you're more attractive.
Siddy Pain wrote: I think heavy tattoos aren't popular anymore but there will always be people with the odd small meaningful one here and there.
this has been a topic before.......... define a "heavy" tattoo" ? is that lots of black? all in one area? I dont get it? I dont like random small ones all over...... everyone has a preference. I like things that flow and connect with purpose. I also like things that are thought out and have meaning. Either way, I like when people use their own thoughts and hold to them. It's called creative and emotional expression. You use yours in one way, and I will use mine in another. Everyone is different, that is what makes the world go round. Not everyone is going to agree.
JJMiller wrote: It would be nice if they had tattoo options in the search here.
I agree 100% on that, maybe even 200%. There should be a Tattoo "Yes" or "No" box on here in "Refine Search."
A "NO" box that I do not have tattoos (at all) would help to eliminate issues where some designer who works with sheer, appliques, or laces finds that a tattoo will wreck the fabric's design if it shows through. Same for jewelry makers who are trying to display 'their art' and not the 'model's art.' Paying a MUA an hour time to cover a large one isn't exactly financially cheap either.
A "YES" box for those who have them and are needed by some for the ink, alt. magazines, goth, or trade work would speed up the searches on this site immensely. After all, there are some who do prefer to shoot with them.
No middle ground check box either.
I know some would like to skirt it with, "But I have a small one on the back of my neck under my hair so it shouldn't matter." Well, you may have gotten a ticket for doing 26MPH in a 25MPH school zone and "Yes, you were speeding!" by any judge much as "Yes, you have a tattoo" or "No, you do not." You could say it's small in your profile and not visible if "Yes" too.
I'm sort of surprised this site has such a wide "Refine Search" for things like weight, color of hair, sundry sizing info, skin color (even tanned?), height, recent activity, locations, etc. but no tattoo search selection box at all?
Having one should help speed things along instead of pouring through ports looking. Really does get tedious at times.
I wont' even get into the "Escort? Yes or No check box." Maybe. Maybe not.
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
people are quick to claim tattoos are on the way out 'cause removal services have doubled or tripled, but often seem to forget that the number of tattoo artists out there are growing at the same rate or faster.. keeping the ratio on a pretty even keel
I really dislike tattoos that meaningless and those that are poorly placed on the body, so as to be distracting. (Came close to getting one once when dating an artist who tried to come up with a design that was really meaningful, moreso as it was her own art, and would fit well on my shoulder, but never came up with the perfect fit)
As a photographer I will definitely always avoid models that have tattoos that are going to show with the wardrobe planned for a shoot. I have once tried to do a shoot where I would of liked a tattooed model, but I couldn't find quite the right look, going back to the golden rules of tattoos, placement is very paramount, i'd rather see a full sleeve tattoo than a few randomly placed pieces down the arm
What Fun Productions wrote: People who get tattoos forget it's others (innocent bystanders) who have to look at their "art."
You make it sound like we are flashing you our ganitalia while you are trying to take your kids to school. Most people who regret their tattoos walk into a tattoo shop and go "hey that looks cool" most other people do not regret their tattoos. If you don't like it get over it its not your body and if a model has a tattoo get over it you don't have to hire or work with her.
Unless your in the industry your words are based on what knowledge other than assumption?? TV Has commercialized Body art. When that happened it opened the flood gates. Tattoo shops tripled and some are owned by businessmen who have no knowledge of the art. Just making money. So of course the people regretting them have increased.
The people getting them have tripled. My studio went from 200k a year to 350k a year. Body art is not going anywhere and if you find it offensive don't look or hire the people that have them. They got them because they wanted to, obviously, and if not maybe they were a little immature. So they get them removed. People make mistakes no matter how old they get. When you see people on TV become stars like Kat Von D suddenly all the girls want to like her, etc, etc.
Hopefully TV will back out of it and it will go back to normality. I hate the commercializing of it. Partially for this reason. Mainly because it is an art, not a money making machine. But, like yours, what does my opinion matter?
I'm not a terribly big fan of too many tattoos everywhere that people just randomly get spur of the moment because they like the feel and they're addicted. I have a sister like that. She has a new one every other week it seems, and they're all halfassed common (koi fish, roses) done by a freelancer who really hasn't honed his craft and looks as though he has some seriously jittery hands that I'm certain she'll regret having her body coated in them later in life. Perhaps when she wants something original instead.
BUT, that having been said...I don't have hair. Haven't had hair since I was thirteen. Alopecia Universalis. Sooo, I always kinda thought about getting SOMETHING on my dome. No hair grows there, and I'm not the type to just go walking around with my head uncovered because I'm self conscious. I could walk around nude in front of people, but I'll be damned if I walk around without my head covered.
Maybe if I had something really original and beautiful and breathtaking slapped up there, I could turn a negative into a positive and be able to sleep, go out, walk around my house, the whole shabang without a bandana on and finally feel free.
Kyle T Edwards wrote: I hope tattoos are going out of style, so that we can stop having all of these threads about tattoos, most of which are started by people who don't have tattoos in the first place. I swear, you people without tattoos obsess over it more than those of us who do have them.
Here's a simple summary of pretty much every tattoo thread on this site thus far:
> Yes, tattoo shops close location. Some move, some go out of business. All businesses do this. I saw a closed photography storefront last weekend; it doesn't mean photography's dying.
> Yes, some people get tattoos they regret. Many others, like Koryn and myself, do spend extensive time designing, planning and deciding on a tattoo before we ever get it done. It's going to be with me for life, so I can wait another year or two.
> tattoo removal hurts. From what I've heard, it hurts like hell. Well, no shit; of course it hurts. It's a frickin' laser! You zap someone with a laser with the intent to burn something out from under their skin and what do you think the resulting feeling is going to be? It ain't swimming in the ocean!
> Yes, it limits employment, both in modeling and elsewhere. People who get tattoos know this. I assure you, though, memorializing my late grandmother means a hell of a lot more to me than that $150 you're paying me to stand in front of your camera for a few hours. Believe it or not, some things are more important than money.
> We realize that some of you don't like tattoos. You only mention it every chance you get. You call it a poor life choice or whatever. All that proves is that you don't know Jack about us, and that you're generally a self-righteous prick, but we're usually too polite to say anything. Well, I'm saying it. You're a self-righteous prick. The next time you want to feel holier than the rest of us, feel free to nail yourself up. I'll loan you my hammer.
If you don't want a model with tattoos in a shoot, then don't hire one. It's just that simple. Note in your casting call that you don't want any visible tattoos. Easy 'nuff?
Now, IF THERE ARE ANY OTHER TATTOO QUESTION BEFORE WE GET THIS SITE TO PERMANENTLY BAN ALL TATTOO THREADS, NOW'S THE FUCKING TIME.
(And to think, I'm Canadian. This is the polite version!)
A fuckin Men my tats mean more to me then any amount of money you could offer me. I have 3 and i would never let anyone remove mine out of pics. they are apart of me. me includes my body and anything that is on it and or attached to it and tats are attached.