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Sudden growth in do-it-yourself tattooists

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In Bristol it seems there's an explosion in the number of people in the street deciding they can do what trained tattooists can do. Ben Boston says at least fifteen people he knows who are his clients have bought tattoo equipment and are inking their friends at home. He says they find a it an easy way to earn a few quid. Some take it in turns to tattoo each other, often after a few pints.

If people decide they want to have amateurs tattooing them then that's their right, I suppose, however stupid. But the big problem is that the amateurs are not buying the expensive sterilisation equipment that can cost £3,000 a time. This could ultimately lead to some punters contracting a serious illness or even a fatal disease. Were this to happen Ben says this could reflect very badly on the whole tattoo community and he's worried.

What I wonder has led to this acceleration of a well established trend. Ben thinks it's the new street culture? The same trend that leads to peop…

Working on my arm

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My two hour session was all too short. Normally I struggle to keep going that long and it's now much clearer why that was the case than before today. Almost all my work so far is on my torso and it hurts there a lot - who likes having their ribs done for starters?. Surprise, surprise, the arm is relatively pain free and I could today have taken another hour with no trouble at all. It's obvious really, but until you go through the experience you can't really understand the degree of truth.

I talked to Ben about the problem of my snake woman and mermaid disappearing from view with strong colours around them. Not much can be done on the arm except to strenghten the lines and put in some highlights. But that's for the future and he now got to work on the seaweed and some outline for rocks. The upper right arm is now almost complete.