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Their canvas is the human form

Monday, December 1, 2008

Matt Findlay collects his ninth tattoo Saturday at Magic Skin Tattoo by Chris Jordan, owner and artist. Findlay's tattoo begins as a black outline transferred from paper to skin. Dynamic black is used for the outline with red, blue, yellow and gray coloring added to result in an eagle tearing through his skin with an American flag background.
Imagine this: More than five tiny needles pricking the skin inside the bottom lip, while injecting small amounts of ink, forming the words "kiss me."

"Any part of the body can be tattooed," said Chris Jordan, artist and owner of Magic Skin Tattoo.

Matt Findlay of Greencastle went to Jordan's shop Saturday for his ninth tattoo -- an eagle tearing through the skin on the calf of his right leg.

Findlay says having his body inked is an "anti-drug."

"I don't do drugs or party, so I spend my money on tattoos," he explained.

Humans have marked their bodies with tattoos for thousands of years. These permanent designs -- sometimes plain, sometimes elaborate but always personal -- have served as amulets, status symbols, declarations of love, signs of religious beliefs, adornments and even forms of punishment.

The stigma of tattoos started to change during the 1960s, when celebrities -- particularly women -- began inking their bodies. It is more accepted today and places tattooists in the category of "fine artists."

Mikey Jones has been using skin as a canvas for nine years and is a tattooist at Design Line Ink. It began for him through the hobby of drawing, which is something he has done since the age of five.

"It is a lifestyle," he says.

Drawing, too, runs in the family of Dan Modesitt, a tattoo artist at Design Line. Their favorite tattoo is one drawn free hand because it gives them creative freedom. Jones was a mentor to Modesitt and the pair do all they can to perfect their craft.

"We were those guys in high school who drew on their notebooks," said Tim Wells, a current piercer and artist-in-training at Design Line.

Dan Modesitt, tattoo artist at Design Line Ink, free handed this tattoo on the arm of Andrew Ensor. The concept of free handing is to make the ink curve with the body. Modesitt, who still has more design to add, designed Ensor's tattoo.
Novices in the trade begin with an apprenticeship and should not tattoo for the first of three years in training. Their time is spent observing, finding a personal style through drawing and cleaning the tools.

Beginners are encouraged to take a course in Occupational Safety and Health Administration bloodborne pathogens and cross contamination and disease transmission through Red Cross.

Gary Evans, owner of Design Line, says customers need to be aware of their right to receive a tattoo without worries of contracting hepatitis or other blood diseases.

In Putnam County, the health department does not inspect tattoo shops on a regular basis. The biggest challenge for Evans and Jordan to open their shops was zoning.

Jordan says he wishes the "board of health was more involved than they actually are."

Suggestions for identifying a good artist are look for a portfolio; clean shop, tools and one-use needles; and certificates in bloodborne pathogens, cross contamination and disease transmission.

Magic Skin Tattoo is located at 1011 Indianapolis Road. Jordan, who is the only artist and piercer, started it in 1999. The front of Jordan's business is a coffee shop with free wireless Internet.

"I love coffee," he remarked at the idea of having espresso and tattooing in the same shop.

Design Line Ink is located at 1149 Indianapolis Road. They offer piercing by Tim Wells and tattoos by Modesitt and Jones.

Evans started Design Line in August of 2004.

"The idea started because Putnam County needed one (tattoo shop) with a good group of people tattooing," Evans said.

For more information or to view any artist's work, visit www.myspace.com/magicskintattoo or www.designlineink.com.

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There is alot more to tats than most want to admit. a few things to remember

1.GOOD artist are hard to find!

2. interviews, trying to get a job

3. will you still like it when you are 15 years older?

4. The artist Works for you ,if you let them ink you and you don't know what they are putting on your body , you are stupid.

Just To set it straight I do have tats!

-- Posted by Sand mann on Mon, Dec 1, 2008, at 10:10 AM

I agree with most of what you said, but I personally think some of the best tattoos are done right here, right now style. No planning, just a feeling. That is how you truly express yourself.

-- Posted by WTFRUthinkin on Mon, Dec 1, 2008, at 10:23 AM

It was simpler when we printed our messages on our teeshirts. Remember kids a tattoo sayin,"I love Rex,he's hot" later in life becomes.........I

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just sayi...........

-- Posted by honestyisbestpolicy on Mon, Dec 1, 2008, at 6:42 PM

When I practiced in healthcare through a large hospital organization in Indiana, you were not allowed to have any visible tattoos, and if they were unable to be hidden with clothing they had to be covered with a bandage... so just make smart choices with placement! Many people had to wear long sleeves everyday to cover visible tattoos. It may not be right, but it is what it is.

-- Posted by MsBehaving on Tue, Dec 2, 2008, at 8:44 AM

Tat's are cool if you have one that has meaning.....like family members that have passed or something but whats with the pistol and flowers.......

-- Posted by Buck_Hunter_2008 on Tue, Dec 2, 2008, at 11:35 PM

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