Artist pays nearly $300,000 to update her tattoos with modern tech, a $15,000 tattoo to the left and a $20,000 laser tattoo on the right, a report says.
“I love the way it feels to be able to get the tattoo updated at the right time and the right way,” the artist, who goes by “K,” told HuffPost.
The tattooist also got her signature tattoo removed from her body for the first time in over two decades.
The artist, a woman who works in a tattoo parlor, was also a tattoo artist at one point, according to her LinkedIn profile.
The New York Times reported in July 2017 that tattoo artists in the United States are being pressured to pay more to have their work digitally altered.
“The new technology is causing many people to question the value of a tattoo,” the Times wrote, adding that the practice is often “misunderstood” by tattoo artists.
The article also said that the trend is likely due to the prevalence of digital tattoo removal technologies.
However, the tattoo industry has not taken a definitive stance on the topic, according the Times.
“There is a lack of consensus about the proper way to do the job,” Lisa Vazquez, a spokeswoman for the American Tattoo Institute, an industry trade group, told the Times, adding: “Tattoo artists are often asked to do more than they have to.
They are expected to do things that they are not used to.”
The tattoo artist told HuffPost she feels like she’s “at a different level” when she gets her tattoo updated.
It’s different,” she said.
“You feel like you’re doing something new and you feel like it’s different than what you’ve done before.
I feel like I’m more confident, but it still feels like you are doing it wrong.”
The artist also said she’s gotten some bad feedback about her tattoo because she’s a woman.
“Somebody was saying, ‘I like your tattoo.
I think it’s pretty nice.
You look like a woman,'” she said, referring to comments she received when she first posted about the change.
“They were like, ‘You should be a woman.’
I’m like, I’m not a woman, you’re telling me that I’m a woman when I have tattoos?”
The artist’s story was told to HuffPost by a person who requested anonymity because she feared retribution.
“My mom told me it was the right thing to do,” the tattoo artist said.
In January 2018, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime released a report called “Hair in Tattoo” that called for the tattooing industry to adopt a universal tattooing code of conduct.
The code calls for tattooists to treat all tattoos with respect, with no discrimination or discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
“For decades, tattoos have been a symbol of individuality and empowerment for many people around the world,” the report read.
“But increasingly, these symbols are increasingly used to further stigmatize and control the bodies and identities of people, including women and LGBT individuals.”
The report also recommended that governments and other institutions “develop national policies that ensure the right to freedom of expression and association and to freedom from discrimination and other forms of harassment.”
“Hire, train and employ competent tattoo artists to meet these needs,” the ODS wrote.
“Develop policies to address the discrimination and harassment that women and transgender individuals experience.
Promote and ensure the inclusion of LGBT individuals in the workforce.”