West Palm expo shows tattoos have become mainstream

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West Palm expo shows tattoos have become mainstream

WEST PALM BEACH —

Tattoos are no longer taboo. Once an act connected primarily with sailors, bikers and criminals, getted tatted up has gone mainstream.

That was clear at the Tattoo Mania Expo, where ink-drenched attendees could drop off their children at the fair’s Kid Zone while they searched for the next piece of artwork to adorn their bodies.

“Just because you have a tattoo doesn’t mean that you don’t have kids, that you’re not a good father,” said Junior Rodriguez, organizer of the event, which is taking place through Sunday at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

“I go to church and I see a lot of tattoos. A lot. We’re good people. It ain’t what it used to be.”

Spike Soveo, owner of Ink Link Tattoos and Piercings in West Palm Beach, can vouch for that.

Soveo has been in the business for 14 years and said much of his clientele is made up of suburban housewives. Mixed in are people like the 67-year-old woman who came to his store last week to get a tattoo placed on her wrist as a memento to a loved one who died.Celebrities — think Johnny Depp and just about any brand-named rapper — have added to the cool factor of wearing tattoos, and television shows such as The Learning Channel’s “Miami Ink” have been at the center of the industry’s booming popularity.While statistics on tattoos are hard to come by, a 2012 Harris Poll found that just over one in five Americans have tattoos, with women […]

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