Watch Thinkhousetv’s latest ‘Youth Culture Series’, Skin Deep:
Skin Deep explores the rise in tattoo popularity throughout the youth culture of Ireland and the UK. Similarly to the states, tattoos have exploded across the pond, sparking a widespread trend among young people getting covered in ink.
The transition from traditional, flash and old school tattooing to the elaborate modern custom designs are a fairly new occurrence in Ireland; 10 to 20 years ago, you’d be unlikely to see young people openly walking around with full sleeves. The advancement of technology, supplies, inks, and safety regulations have made the artform much more accessible, with the old fashioned negative stigma quickly fading.
Tattoo artists have seen a rapid influx of young patrons that flock to express themselves through the permanence of tattoos. The media and TV programs have had a profound influence on the mainstream perception of tattooing, opening doors for more tattoo artists and tattoo shops to set up shop and practice their own brand.
No matter the reason behind the tattoo itself, Skin Deep aims to push the outlook that tattoos are a very intimate and personal experience. This is often clouded by those same media programs that make tattooing seem like a fashion trend, easy to endure, without showing the blood, sweat and tears that can go into the entire process on both ends.
Just as the Tattoo Nation movie beautifully documented the story of how the American black and grey movement began in the penal system and was most common among outlaws, criminals, and considered fringe, Skin Deep touches on those same origins.
Do you think tattoo culture going mainstream is a bad thing? Do TV shows do the industry a disservice or help businesses run because they plant the seed in people who otherwise wouldn’t consider getting tattoos? Tell us in the comments!