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Monday 19 February 2018

Don't put your neck on the line, say tattoo artists

Tattoo convention organiser Aine Wall before the event. Photo:
Tattoo convention organiser Aine Wall before the event. Photo:

Jane O'Faherty

Getting a tattoo may be increasingly popular, but tattoo artists say the ideas of some eager customers need to be tweaked from time to time.

It comes as Dublin welcomes the country's biggest international tattoo show at the Convention Centre this weekend.

Sean Kealy, of Snakebite Tattoo and Piercing on Dublin's Middle Abbey Street, said business had picked up post-recession. While he said it had never been easier for customers to research and personalise their tattoos, he said some people were becoming more daring in their ideas for skin art.

"People are trying to get very visible stuff on their hands and neck, and may not be aware of what the repercussions of that would be," he said.

Mr Kealy added that he sometimes had to rein in ambitious clientele who might have risky ideas that could affect their professional life. "When it comes to hands and neck, as a general rule I just don't do them," he said.

"If you want to work in a bank, it's not going to fly if you have a skull tattoo on your neck," he added.

But he also pointed out that many people are open to advice, and always come to him with their research of what they want done.

Meanwhile, organisers of the Dublin International Tattoo Convention are anticipating a busy weekend, with attendees coming from all over the world.

Organiser Paddy O'Donoghue said the popularity of tattoos had "skyrocketed" in recent years.

"In terms of 10 or 15 years ago, only weirdos got tattoos," he said, adding that getting a tattoo is "a lot more acceptable now".

The convention continues until Sunday, with stunt shows, live music and family activities.

Irish Independent

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