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Posted in Human Interest by misterroadtripper on December 6, 2010


I’m putting together an article about the impact of reality shows on tattooing. Would you accept an offer to have your tattoo life and personal life showcased on a TV series? What are your thoughts? You can comment at the bottom of this post… or write me at

—Bob Baxter

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  1. Joseph W. Reincke said, on December 7, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I’d probably watch something like that

  2. Lila Rees said, on December 7, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I would do it, but it would be the opposite of the current reality shows. It would showcase how much of a pain most of the customers really are! And their ridiculous ideas/expectations at times!

  3. Drastic Pleasurestat said, on December 7, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    I’m in. I am in a small regional area with colleges all around me and I think it’d be cool to show the real deal. not just the so-called glamour aspect. or a shop that has tons of money to begin with.

  4. Keith Durocher said, on December 7, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    For better or for worse, those shows have had a pretty solid impact on the popularity of tattoo, which also means more clients and more money. With that in mind, yes, I would do it- under one condition. That there was a contract clause precluding the priority of ‘drama’ over the art of tattoo.

  5. chris robinson said, on December 7, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    I agree with keith! I think the producers of such shows make up situations and scenarios to keep the ratings up! If I had as much drama and in fighting at my studio ide fire everyone including myself!!!!

  6. Chris said, on December 11, 2010 at 12:13 am

    “I got tattoos for purely antisocial reasons, and now people do it for social acceptance. I miss the individualism.”

    —Mike Ness of Social Distortion

    Its about more clientel and money? Yeah right… Glad you guys carry the torch proudly!

  7. Stephen Barnard said, on December 12, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    The “reality” shows have increased the social acceptance of tattoos to an extreme degree. While many of us in the industry, artists and collectors alike, find this to be a good thing, there are many who were drawn to the community specifically BECAUSE of the lack of general social acceptance, or certain stigmas that were attached to body-modification. For a lot of people, the draw used to be the segregation that resulted from being a heavily tattooed person in a world that didn’t have lots of them. I feel like that sense of individuality is slowly becoming diluted. Personally, I think that this recent “revolution” is a bit of a tragedy.

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