Body art in Japan has been negatively linked to crime syndicate culture, but mindsets could be slowly changing.
In the last few months, tattoo artists, laser removal specialists, and anti-hate speech advocates say they’ve received a flood of requests for alterations on racist or hateful tattoos.
We spoke to the man behind @snake___pit, the page that makes you say, "I cannot believe someone has this tattoo of a penis on their one and only human body."
We went along to see what people were getting carved into their skin the day after tattoo parlours were allowed to open back up.
When I got my Harry Potter tattoo, I made the gamble that I'd never be embarrassed by my love of the series. Now, I and thousands of other people who got the same tattoo as I did are trying to figure out how to cover it up.
“It was either stick 'n' poke or starting a vegetable patch, and I reckoned this would get more likes on Instagram.”
How people are passing their time during self-isolation with kooky facial hair, stick-and-poke tattoos, hair dye and more.
"I look like a piece of blue cheese. There is very little space left that I can actually reach."
It's a big call for your first ever piece of ink.
Viral memes like Harambe and "Damn, Daniel" can quickly fall into obscurity, but that doesn't bother these guys.
Several artists told VICE that without health insurance, significant savings, or any guarantee of collecting unemployment, they're in a desperate financial position.
This behind-bars ink shop is preventing HIV and hepatitis, one teardrop tattoo at a time.