Written,edited,video by Yoonyi, interviewed by Yoonyi and Fabian
Tattoo can trace back to hundreds years ago as tribes leaders get their tattoo done the traditional way as a symbol of power and status.
Paul from DrFeelGood Tattoo Studio in Liverpool, has involved in tattoo industry for 12 years.
“Sailors were known to collect tattoos in each port on their travels. Adopted by the criminal fraternity (gang tattoos ) & also the biker community too as means of recognition.” says Paul.
Paul with Student Aliens’ yoonyi in Liverpool inside DrFeelGood Tattoo Studio
According to Paul, tattoos are now visible in every walk of life from sports personalities to movie stars to doctors, nurses and even politicians.
The negative side to the popularity boom is the home tattooist or known as “scratchers”, these people work from their kitchens & bedrooms & these people are also probably responsible for the huge increase in disease & infection that has caused the government to recently review tattooing legislation.
“I’ve been expose to tattoo since I was young age” says Niall.
Niall has 5 years experience as a tattoo artist in Sheffield and he express there is no special qualification for becoming a tattoo artist.
However need to be registered and attend official training of sterilizing and proper method of disposing used needles.
Ben Rodgers got his first ever tattoo on his entire left arm covered by pictures of doves and angels.
It reminds him of his grandfather because his grandfather used to keep doves. The tattoo is dedicated to him as a memory of his grandfather. He thought of the tattoo for months and decided to have it done after serious consideration.
To Ben, the pain is bearable, it depends where does the tattoo being craft on and different areas has different level of pain.
As for Jake Eckhart, he has several tattoo on his body due to influence in music and other memorable events.
In future, Jake has intention to have more tattoos on his other part of the body despite the painful experience.
For a true artist who works from a licensed premises, undergoes a strict government health regime with regular inspections. Any person or persons who wish to indulge into a new tattoo should always check out at least 3 or 4 studios before committing themselves.