A simple idea by a world famous tattoo artist could radically boost the $50bn industry
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A simple idea by a world famous tattoo artist could radically boost the $50bn industry

American tattoo artist Ami James jumped into the spotlight when he was one of the artists featured on the hit show ‘Miami Ink’. Photo: Tattoodo Tattooing has been around since the Neolithic times and is deeply ingrained and revered in a number of cultures across the world. However, it has only really been during the last 20 years where the subculture across the US and Europe has been experiencing a renaissance in perception and adoption of the body art. According to market research firm IBISWorld, the tattoo industry generated around $50bn in revenue last year. The data shows that 36% of millennials now have a tattoo and 21% of the total US population is tattooed. The firm added that it predicts the industry to grow an annualised rate of 7.7% this year. It’s perhaps unsurprising that the industry has been flourishing over the last decade. Tattoos are no longer niche and the out-dated perception that inked people belong to gangs and sailors has evolved into a community of people of all types and ages who demand personal, high-quality artwork on their bodies. That sea-change in perception has even led to several nationwide debates, for example in the UK, about […]

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