Who Knew: Tattoos

Yahoo News, August 7th, 2012

EP-581:TATTOOS 08/03/12 SCRIPT: FOR TATTOO ENTHUSIASTS, THE BODY IS A LIVING CANVAS OF ARTISTIC EXPRESSION AND THESE DAYS, EVERYONE IS AN ARTIST. TATTOOS HAVE GONE MAINSTREAM, WITH COMPANIES LIKE TATTOO MANUFACTURING, WHO RECENTLY LAUNCHED A YOUTUBE CHANNEL ON HOW TO APPLY TEMPORARY TATTOOS, AND CELL PHONE COMPANY, NOKIA WHO RECENTLY ISSUED A PATENT FOR A VIBRATING STICK-ON TATTOO THAT WOULD ALERT ITS WEARER OF INCOMING CALLS AND TEXT MESSAGES. THAT’S ALL VERY INNOVATIVE, BUT SOMETIMES THE OLD-FASHIONED BODY ART GOES AWRY THROUGH MISSPELLINGS, AS IN THE CASE OF 2012 OLYMPIC TORCHBEARER, JERRI PETERSEN, WHO COMMEMORATED THE OCCASION WITH A TATTOO, WHICH WAS MISTAKENLY SPELLED “OYLMPIC.” ACTRESS HAYDEN PANETTIERE’S TATTOO IN ITALIAN, “LIVE WITHOUT REGRET” WAS MISSPELLED, CAUSING…WELL, REGRET, AND ACTOR JOHNNY DEPP HAD HIS TATTOO MODIFIED FROM “WINONA FOREVER” TO “WINO FOREVER” AFTER HIS SPLIT FROM ACTRESS WINONA RIDER. SOME JOB SEEKERS ALSO REGRET THEIR BODY ART, AND OPT TO REMOVE THEIR TATTOOS TO COMPETE BETTER IN A CHALLENGING JOB MARKET. ACCORDING TO THE PATIENT’S GUIDE WEBSITE, LASER TATTOO REMOVAL HAS INCREASED THIRTY-TWO PERCENT OVER THE PAST YEAR, WITH MANY CUSTOMERS CITING EMPLOYMENT CONCERNS AS A MAIN REASON FOR THE TREATMENT. REGRET AND MISHAPS ASIDE, THE TATTOO INDUSTRY IS EARNING A COOL 1.65 BILLION DOLLARS IN ANNUAL REVENUE, WITH OVER FORTY-FIVE MILLION AMERICANS SPORTING AT LEAST ONE TATTOO. AND DEPENDING ON WHERE THE INK LANDS, THE PROCEDURE CAN BE QUITE PAINFUL. THE AREAS OF THIN SKIN OVER BONE REPORTEDLY CAUSE THE MOST DISCOMFORT, SUCH AS BEHIND THE EAR, ALONG THE SPINE, OVER THE RIB CAGE, OR ON THE ANKLE, FOOT AND ELBOW. BUT JUDGING FROM THE GROWING NUMBER OF TATTOO FANS, A LITTLE PAIN AND REGRET WON’T STOP THIS ARTFUL EXPRESSION.

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