Moscow’s annual tattoo convention has brought out a colorful cast of characters who are not afraid of flashing a bit of flesh. RT took a peek.
Tattoo culture a magnet for the eccentric, the brave, and just about anyone who thinks plain old skin is just plain boring.
“Some people don’t take me seriously; they think I am crazy, but I don’t care,” Andrey told RT. “I will keep on covering my body except my face, with tattoos. Even my kids love it.”
It is not only guys who take a serious interest in ink – the fascination spans the gender gap.
“I wanted a Mexican skull,” Katya told RT as she was getting her tattoo done at the exhibition. “So the tattoo artist suggested that he draw my portrait as the skull. I liked that idea.”
The question that bothers many people is when the desire to be different turns into a total obsession. Even the professionals admit the lifestyle can become somewhat addictive.
"You look at your arms and think, ‘Well, this one is full, but this one is totally empty,’” Matthi Seebo, Tattoo Artist at Phoenix Tattoo, told RT. “You don’t like it, so you have to get another one. It’s not really that you have to have pain. You have to have more colors. Because you like it.”
Whether you are far into your ink addiction or just a blank canvas, there is probably something here for you. With some slight pain, a creative spirit, and a whole lot of patience, you too could be well on your way to becoming a living, breathing masterpiece.
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