FACT#3: Tattoo artists were not always artists.
Where it was once a form for vagrants, criminals and other "unsavory" characters, tattooing is in a state of change.
Prior to the widespread popularity of tattooing in the 1960s, many tattoo artists failed to follow recommended health and safety practices. These tattooers were not usually artists and may have never received training, but with no real regulation, anyone who could afford a machine and a chair could tattoo.
With its new-found popularity, tattooers are artists, entrepreneurs, business managers, accountants, teachers and more. They do much more than put ink in skin. At one time, it wasn't considered art, "but now it's an artistic profession. It's taken so seriously," said Massacre. "There are people with graphic design degrees, from art schools (out there) tattooing."