Just what a writer wants — a peek into a down-the-alley, out-of-the-way, parlor with the beads that swing aside when you enter the darkened room.
What I wanted was this: a tattoo parlor.
What is the appeal of a tattoo? What is compelling about painting your body? What are the owners like?
I interviewed three “tattooers,” as they call themselves. Each young man was nicer and more open than the last. All were well-dressed and friendly. They were enthusiastic and willing to share their ideas. The shops were clean, neat and inviting. Decorating the walls were tattoo patterns and dozens of photographs of men and women proudly showing off their signature tattoos.
The chairs were barber-shop-style, but they opened up almost to become beds so the customer can stretch out. The bright light coming from the overhead tracks and various other lamps proved that the shop areas were clean.