The art of tattooing is about creating a beautiful piece of art and it’s about creating lasting memories.
“I think that it’s really important to make sure that the memories that you leave behind are not lost,” says Katie O’Connell, who has tattooed her family in Ottawa, Ont., since she was 12.
“It’s really rewarding, because it means you can make new connections and it means that you’re able to create new relationships and relationships that last a lifetime.”
Tattooing has been around for centuries, but the industry has taken off in the past two decades as more people start to take to the process, according to artist, tattooist and tattoo artist John Rochon.
“I think we’re at the beginning of a new wave of tattoo art, where people are really starting to embrace the art, and really embracing the process,” says Rocho.
“There’s more people getting involved with it and it feels like we’re starting to take over the tattoo industry.”
With tattoos on the rise, some of us can’t help but look at our tattoos and wonder if they’re worth the price tag.
“There are so many things that you can do with it, like decorate it, make it more functional, put on accessories, put it on a necklace or something, and I think it’s a great opportunity for people to really feel like they’re part of a community,” says O’Neill.
For people who are looking to get tattooed, it’s important to consider how they are going to remember their experience, whether it’s for a loved one or a new family member, says Ruchon.
“They have a right to feel proud of their tattoo, they have a very right to want to be a part of it,” he says.
“They have the right to be able to put it up somewhere that is just their personal touch.
They can do it anywhere that they want to.”