Tattoos becoming more popular in Montana
An image of a young woman living in Russia who let her boyfriend tattoo his name across her face went viral this week.
Owner of Dermawerx, Kyle Nelson says tattoos are rising in popularity across the state. He says most women get tattoos on the ribs and feet while men like ink on their arms. But Nelson does say, tattoos that are visible at all times are rising in popularity.
This is the image sparking controversy across the world, and 18 year old girl, sporting a massive face tattoo. Owner of Dermawerx, a tattoo shop in Helena, Kyle Nelson, says tattoos are becoming more common among people of all ages, and that his very visible neck tattoo also attracts a lot of attention.
Nelson says, "There's a lot of people out there who are judgemental and that's why I got it. It says who are you to take the toothpick out of your friends eye when you have a log in your own."
He says tattoos in places that are visible like peoples hands and necks are rising in popularity, he says a year ago a man asked him to tattoo his face.
Nelson says, "I tattooed this celtic thing over his face and over his nose and it was really tough.”
Nelson says, there are areas where he cautions clients to think long and hard before they make their final decision.
Nelson says, "Neck tattoos, and stuff, that's a pretty bold move you know depending on what your getting on your body could really affect your future."
And when it comes to tats on the face, Nelson doesn't recommend it.
Nelson says, "The nose, I mean that's crazy, on the cheek, that's crazy. You know its very soft tissue so you can do what's called a blow out where it goes in too deep and the ink spreads."
Supervisor at Helena Job Service, Carol Rule says while visible tattoos may affect the hiring process, piercings can often make it harder to land a job.
Rule says, "I think employers are less tolerant of piercings in some cases in food service they're considered not hygienic."
Rule says making a first impression is the most important part of an interview so looking neat and acting friendly can increase an applicants success. Along with visible tattoos being more popular, the procedure to implant dermals or single point piercings recently became legal to perform in tattoo shops across the state.
Story by Kelley Smith, Beartooth NBC.
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