Throughout history, we have really embraced tattooing as the body modification of choice. Piercing has its place, but there's so much you can do with a tattoo. The range of colors and styles, of body placements and subject matter, are just so vast. Anyone, anywhere can just go to a tattoo shop and get a full back piece depicting the Golden Girls fighting zombies if they want to. They could also get a simple portrait of a loved one. If they wanted, they could just get some words of encouragement. Tattooing is only bound by imagination and the skill of your artist.
With its long history and cultural significance, there's a lot to know and understand about tattooing beyond that skin deep layer of just putting cool images on people's bodies. There's a history there, as well as a science. A good tattooist knows proper standards and practices and knows who invented tattooing. They should know what needle to use for what job and how to clean them. They should know what style evolved from where and when. Not everyone has mastered all of that knowledge though. Do you think you could do better than most on a tattooing exam? Take the quiz and find out how much of an Ink Master you truly are.
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