It’s tax season, the busiest time of year for CPAs, the IRS, and ... tattoo artists?
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It’s tax season, the busiest time of year for CPAs, the IRS, and … tattoo artists?

DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photograph Ask anyone: Getting a tattoo for the first time is like eating a potato chip. It’s really hard to have just one. On Friday, Edward Dearinger got his eighth: a hawk perched atop a branch at sunset on the top of his right forearm. The tattoo ran the 31-year-old actuary from West Chester about $500. Luckily, he’s recently had an infusion of cash: his federal tax refund. Tax season is the busiest time of year for accountants and the IRS, but tattoo parlors are also a bit like toy stores at Christmastime. Starting around the end of January and ending at the beginning of May, artists get slammed with requests once folks receive that annual bit of disposable income courtesy of Uncle Sam. The artist, Ross Phillips , who works at Seven Swords Tattoo Co., at 2580 Frankford Ave., acknowledged that not everyone shares how they’re paying, but he estimated that about 30 to 40 percent of his clients this time of year tell him they’re using part of their tax refund to cover the cost of their tattoos. And as someone who’s worked in big cities across the country, he said this trend […]

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