I’m bored. Let’s get inked!
The pandemic tattoo craze is here
By Terry Nguyen, 11 June 2021
Tiffany Garcia has tattooed thousands of people over her two-decade career, but she remains intrigued by the first-timers. Since the spring, more clients without any history of tattoos have arrived at Garcia’s studio in Torrance, California.
It isn’t just young people. Some are middle-aged or divorced, or recently lost someone dear to them. “It felt like people were trying to find themselves or fulfill a purpose with tattoos,” Garcia told me. “I’ve had clients say they never thought to get one in their life.”
Across the country, tattoo artists like Garcia say they are witnessing a boom in bookings, catalyzed by stretches of business inactivity during the pandemic. People have spent the past year declaring their desire to get inked, whether to memorialize the unprecedented circumstances they’ve lived through or to embrace a new vehicle for self-expression after months of social inhibition. The changes in workplace culture toward remote employment are also a boon: Fewer workers will have to contend with the corporate stigma against visible body art.
It is curious that first-timers of middle age are getting tattoos. The thought of getting one has crossed my own mind and I am not that kind of guy. I do not like it when alien thoughts invade my brain; it is a good time to stop and introspect. I’ve no moral objection to tattoos, understand; I simply don’t think that letting strangers inject me with foreign chemicals bearing permanent consequences is a good idea. Same reason that I will not get vaxxed.
Hmm. That actually answers my question, why tattooing is becoming a major thing. Government is pushing people to let strangers inject them with foreign chemicals bearing permanent consequences. Crossing that line a second time is much easier than the first time, and there’s a shortage of ways to express oneself thanks to face diapering.
The Plandemic has violated pretty much every social norm that was in place two years ago while taboo-ing existing social norms such as handshakes and playing with friends. One would expect to see consequences of that.
Garcia’s shop, which has six working tattooists (including her), is booked through July and into August. But the studio’s packed schedule doesn’t mean the artists and the shop are financially in the clear. “We are still digging our way out of the pandemic,” Garcia said. “A lot of artists are self-employed, independent contractors, or booth renters, and they couldn’t qualify for unemployment. I had an artist who lived upstairs from the shop lose his apartment, and I am paying back my debts.”
Normies still cannot connect the dots between “government banned all businesses then only gave help to the ones they approved of” and “because they hate me and want me gone”.
Many shop owners and artists had to take on loans to hang onto their businesses. Rent was still due, after all, even as Garcia’s business remained closed from March through October 2020. Her studio didn’t qualify for PPP aid; she said she applied many times as an independent contractor and uploaded the required documentation. “Every time I got an email requesting W-2 forms and another tax document that I don’t have, as I’m not an employer with employees,” Garcia said. “No matter how much I called or emailed, I never got answers and eventually received an email stating that my application has been canceled.”
Garcia eventually secured an SBA loan that has to be paid back with interest (a PPP loan is potentially forgivable, while the SBA loan Garcia received isn’t). The enthusiasm from clients has been helpful, though, and with each passing day, Garcia’s anxiety about her debt eases.
Neither can they connect the dots between “I need a government loan” and “because the government won’t let me earn a living”.
Tattoo studios in California have been under intermittent lockdown since March, with a few weeks of activity during summer 2020 before another period of monthslong closures. In August, barbershops, nail salons, and beauty parlors were given the green light to open, but tattoo parlors were left out, despite the state previously categorizing them all as “personal care services.”
“What people might not realize is, as tattoo artists, we have to study topics like bloodborne pathogens,” Garcia said. “We learn how to avoid cross-contamination, and we learn about airborne and vector-borne diseases. We’ve always had face masks on hand even before the pandemic, since we work so closely with clients. We’ve been prepared for this.”
Neither can they connects the dots between “we know that CDC guidelines don’t work”, “the CDC keeps doubling down on what doesn’t work” and “which means we’re being lied to”.
I’d get angry but it wouldn’t do any good. People can’t recognize lies and can’t care when they’re forced to acknowledge the lies. Increasingly, I wonder if that really is “cannot” rather than “will not”. At least these shop owners are taking the consequences of their own blindness in their own shorts.
In May, [Morgan Dodd, a 26-year-old talent manager in New York City] odd spontaneously decided to get a tattoo of the character No Face from the movie Spirited Away at her first rooftop party of 2021…. “Tattoos are a way for me to decorate my body and reconnect with myself during this time,” Dodd said. “For me, it’s mostly about the story and the moment of when I got the tattoo and where I was at in my life.”
Hmm, New York City. America’s largest and most expensive insane asylum. Always worth a check!
New Yorkers flock to tattoo parlors, tanning salons amid Phase 3 reopening
By Steven Vago, Jason Beeferman, Doug Cortese and Kevin Sheehan, 6 Jul 2020.
It took four journalists to write this? The field research must have been catered. Article’s a year old, though.
Business was booming at city tattoo and piercing parlors from Park Slope to the Lower East Side on Monday, the first day of the Big Apple’s Phase 3 of reopening.
“It’s insane,’’ said Matthew Mayfield, a 32-year-old piercer at The End is Near in Brooklyn.
Yes. NYC is insane. As this dude found out since this article was written.
“We are completely booked for today and tomorrow. … Saturday and Sunday are completely booked. Friday, there are two spots left. It went in seconds,” he said of the open schedule.
Since customers must wear masks, they’re getting piercings elsewhere, Mayfield said.
Because we can’t use faces to express ourselves anymore.
Am I the only guy who understands the importance of people having faces visible to each other? It’s only how God wired us to emote, which alone is sufficient motivation for the wicked to do what they’ve done. But… can nobody else feel the effects of not seeing a human face for upwards of two years now? I get agitated… sort of an uncanny valley effect.
“Almost all of them are getting ear piercings. There’s an eyebrow piercing. We have a few nipple piercings later,” said the Park Slope worker.
Jared Hunter, a 40-year-old ink artist at Williamsburg Tattoo, said he has been working on coronavirus-themed artwork to offer customers.
One drawing, which Hunter calls an “old-school, pin-up-style COVID girl,’’ features a sexy woman — in a face mask.
That’s like cropping the heads off porn models, so the viewer can more easily see them as meat sacks. Although to be fair, a lot of those porn models have faces that would kill a mood, if you know what I mean.
The design shows “the face of America now,’’ the Brooklyn artist said.
Michelle Sirgoo, 43, manager at First Class Tattoo on the Lower East Side in Manhattan, added, “We’ve had a few requests for Statue of Liberty tattoos with face masks.
I can’t say they’re wrong.
“It’s something for people that want to live the nostalgia of this time,’’ [Mayfield] said. “Sh-t man, we’re halfway through this f–king year like this.”
Oh, he had no idea….
Kayla Pasko, a 27-year-old writer for VegOut Magazine, was at NYC Tan on Staten Island for some quarantine relief.
“Normally, I tan at the gym, but it’s closed, so I decided to check this out,” Pasko said of the salon. “I did the stand-up booth, and yeah! I got good color!
That’s just wrong, Barbie.
“I’m just trying to get back to a sense of normalcy,’’ she said. “Outdoor dining, now tanning, just testing the waters, getting out! I’m sick of being home.’’
Another tanning customer, Jennifer Massa, 41, said, “I’ve been going to the beach, but I wanted to give them the business. I know they’re struggling, and they are such good people there.
“Plus, I needed to even out and tan my back a little.
Good to hear. I was about to connect the dots between “government allowed tanning booths to open” and “but not the beaches”.
People are getting coronavirus tattoos – with some saying they think they’ll protect them from Covid-19
By Jessica Lindsay, 7 August 2020
Somehow, that headline made me think about mass migration.
For some people, the best way to remember something so momentous is to tattoo it into their bodies.
The trend of coronavirus tattoos is well underway, with drawings including the virus itself or pin-up girls in masks. But some have come to the belief that these tattoos will actually protect them from Covid-19.
Andres Vega, a tattoo artist from Spain, has been inking designs on clients for 21 years. Recently he’s received several requests from doctors and nurses coming into his tattoo shop asking for Covid-19 tattoos to commemorate the struggles they faced in their profession as care workers during the pandemic.
Don’t go there.
I SAID, don’t go there!
Apparently for some people, the most traumatic part of the Plandemic lockdowns was not the Chinaballs.
For one client of Matthew Vazquez, 22, Hawthorne, California, it meant more than just a memory. He inked a green microscopic virus tattoo on his customer, who believed having that tattoo would protect her from the virus. He said: ‘The person that wanted the tattoo was very confident.
‘She said if she were to get the Covid tattoo on herself she’d be protected indefinitely. She wanted to get to look back at it as a reminder that she lived through the pandemic.
‘I thought it was a great idea and kind of a cool way to look at it! Like, maybe try to look at the brighter side of things sometimes.’
A reminder that we lived through the pandemic? Worth a try. *GQ gets inked*