Tattoo School on US TV and the left side of my tattooed body

Suddenly it can be seen what the three sirens on the left side of my body are all about.  This angle of photo makes me look so very covered, while in reality there is still my stomach and some of my right side to be completed on my torso.  So I'm still quite a few months away from completing that stage.

Ben was back onto his regular topic of amateur scratchers.  He argues that actually tattooing rather than being tattooed is now all the rage.  He thinks there may be as many as 1,000 of these people in Bristol.  I've no idea how he arrived at this number but he says he is receiving a stream of enquiries to his website on the subject.

This seems to cross check with what's happening in the USA.  The Needles and Sins site features a campaign against a new reality TV show over there called "Tattoo School".  This has enraged the American tattoo community.  Here are some details of the programme.

On Thursday, July 14 at 9pm, TLC will air "Tattoo School". Award-winning Tattoo Artist Lisa Fasulo runs a hands-on and unconventional tattoo school in upstate NY where students from all walks of life learn how to tattoo in just two weeks. These rookie students are seeking to change their lives through tattooing. With just two intense weeks under Lisa's instruction, they will get the experience tattooing on body after body with artwork of varying levels of difficulty.

Rookie students, models risking their skin to first time body artists, a rebellious instructor and unconventional training...who will bear the drama of competition and survive?

An outraged Marisa Kakoulas writes in the Needles and Sins Tattoo Blog (see my link) "just when you thought tattoo TV couldn't get any worse, TLC -- the braintrust behind NY Ink -- will premier "Tattoo School" next Thursday, July 14th. The show follows "award-winning" tattooer Lisa Fasulo, who runs The Tattoo Learning Center in Albany, NY, as she teaches students "from all walks of life" the craft. In two weeks. Cue the drama:".

Oh dear.  No doubt this will eventually be shown on one of our satellite/cable channels here.

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