Reason Writers Around Town: Nick Gillespie on Why Tattoos Aren't Just for Popeye and Angelina Anymore.


Originally writing in The New York Post, Reason's Nick Gillespie reviews Jeff Johnson's Tattoo Machine: Tall Tales, True Stories, and My Life in Ink. A snippet:

Tattoo Machine helps explain why ink is on the rise. We live in an age in which we increasingly personalize our clothes, our coffee drinks, our Web browsers, our hair color. Why not our bodies?

The inks are brighter and longer-lasting, the designs more ambitious, and the shops today are clean and safe, says Johnson. At a few hundred dollars, "the quality of art is often better than what a middle-income person could afford to spend on a painting for their home."

Read the whole thing here.