Posted November 04, 2019 08:27:23 The Australian tattoo industry has been on a tear in recent years, with a total of 731,854 tattoos registered in 2019.
But there’s been a big fall in the number of people who choose to have their tattoo on a permanent basis, with only 1.9 per cent of tattooists choosing to have the tattoo permanently.
This figure is down from the 1.7 per cent who did so in 2019, the highest in nearly three decades.
The decline in tattooers choosing permanent tattoos has been attributed to changes in the way tattoos are sold, including a trend towards self-publishing.
While the number on the market has increased by 50 per cent since 2009, tattoo artists are also finding themselves in the market for tattoo-related services, as well as working in more diverse industries.
“The market is very fragmented, there’s a lot of different types of tattoo artists out there, so we need to have a wider range of people working in the tattoo industry,” tattoo artist Michelle Ritchie said.
Ritchie says the popularity of tattoos on women and women of colour has increased in recent decades, but she still sees many women who choose tattoos as being “tattooed out” by society. “
Tattooing is one of the oldest art forms in the world, and I think people should have that right to tattoo on their body, just like they should have a right to wear their own clothes, and a right not to have someone else’s body tattooed on it.”
Ritchie says the popularity of tattoos on women and women of colour has increased in recent decades, but she still sees many women who choose tattoos as being “tattooed out” by society.
“It’s just a part of our lives, a part we’re told is normal,” she said.
Tattooing on women’s bodies has always been a minority practice in Australia, but it’s seen an increase in recent months as women are increasingly choosing to wear more body-positive tattoos.
“We’ve seen a lot more women wearing body-positivity tattoos in the last few months, which I think is great,” tattooist Samantha Hinchliffe said.
Hinchloft said it’s important to note that many women do choose to tattoo their bodies on their bodies, and that the majority of women choose to be on a non-cosmetic tattoo.
“A lot of women are going for body-free tattoos, which are great because they’re more comfortable and they’re less uncomfortable than tattoos,” she explained.
“But they do take a little bit longer to get tattooed.”
Tattoo artist Julie Clements said that it’s not just about the aesthetic.
“If you’re doing a tattoo on your body, it’s really about what it represents, the message you want to get across, and how it makes you feel,” she added.
“You’re doing it for yourself, not to sell tattoos.”
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