IRONTON — The distinct buzzing sound of a number of tattoo weapons offered some ambient background music to the Ro-Na Theater in Ironton on Sunday, the positioning of a tattoo present hosted by Highway Hawk Journal.
The present featured a few dozen tattoo artists from the Tri-State, who celebrated one another’s work and dealt out some contemporary ink to these prepared to provide their our bodies a everlasting murals.
It was the primary tattoo present hosted solely by Highway Hawk Journal, a month-to-month digest for bikers. The journal had been concerned in related reveals prior to now, however wished to host their very own present to spotlight the most effective creative skills of the area, mentioned assistant editor Wendy Dunlap.
Dunlap mentioned there could not be a greater time to have tattoos because the artwork kind continues to achieve acceptance in employment and amongst all age teams. That is why it is essential for native expertise to have a spot to indicate off their work, she mentioned.
“It is essential for artists to have venues, interval,” Dunlap mentioned. “Round right here there are not any venues for artists, there are only a few. We actually wished to showcase the expertise that exists right here and that no one will get to see.”
Amongst that expertise Sunday was artist Ben Collins, who beforehand owned a store in Huntington earlier than he moved to North Carolina. Collins mentioned he is given individuals of their 70s their first tattoos and other people from all forms of professions.
“It is now not for bikers, gangs and the navy anymore,” he mentioned.
Mark “Sideshow” Lucas started gathering his tattoos greater than 40 years in the past, together with a number of inked by Collins. Lucas mentioned extra persons are getting tattoos that symbolize statements of their personalities or symbolize their life tales. Lucas himself has a tattoo of a grandfather clock that represents his journey to sobriety and a tattoo of a Creamsicle as a result of he eats three each day.
“I bought associates that by no means had a tattoo of their life, 50 or 60 years previous that went and bought them,” he mentioned. “My spouse did not have any till we bought collectively 5 years in the past. She simply turned 49.”
Sam Sowards maintained Ohio’s oldest tattoo store in Pomeroy till he retired after 40 years within the enterprise. He mentioned he at all times recommends newcomers do their analysis and choose a design that’s private to them.
As of late, he mentioned, tattooing has change into extra superior than ever earlier than with photorealism and different methods. Folks now not have to stay to ship anchors or mother hearts.
“If da Vinci or Michelangelo have been alive immediately, then the ‘Mona Lisa’ would have been on someone’s again,” he mentioned.
Travis Crum is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. He could also be reached by telephone at 304-526-2801.