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Thinking before inking

A local tattoo artist works to educate the community on tattoos.

Posted: Sep 20, 2018 11:02 PM
Updated: Sep 21, 2018 11:43 AM

ALBERT LEA, Minn. - Tatoos are becoming more accepted in the workplace.

"74% of millennials 18-24 have at least 1 tattoo."

Gilbert Johnson owns Chapel Tattoos which is currently the only tattoo shop in Albert Lea and he's booked 8 months out.  But he spent his Thursday night educating the community about the history of putting art onto skin.

"It's a different thing now."

He says acceptance of tattoos has changed.

"Much more accepted in the workplace, I mean it almost has to be. It's almost a forced thing for employers." 

He says society has come a long way in terms of acceptance. "It literally was bikers and criminals." But now, he tells KIMT getting inked is about telling a story, and adding a little more beauty to the world. "Now to give somebody back their body... that is amazing. And what other thing can do that? And on the other side of that, people get them just because you're putting art out there. It's not always a story but it is always about beauty." 

Gilbert explains that those who may not be accepting of tattoos may just lack the knowledge to fully understand. "You can talk until you're blue in the face about what it means and this and that but to them they still have that idea that it was the criminals and the bikers."

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