Face Tats Explained at Old School Tattoo Expo

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"I'd already done my hands and my neck, so I was going to be visibly tattooed anyway. The face seemed natural then."

Photographer Jason Stoff brings back these images from the 2012 St. Louis Old School Tattoo Expo, held November 2 through 4, 2012 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel. Stoff sought out out the most conspicuous of tattoos, those on the head and face. As it turned out, the owners of most were tattoo artists themselves -- and all said it wasn't something they considered lightly. They didn't get their faces tattooed first, or even early-on; it was universally something that they'd eased into. Additionally, they all acknowledged that they didn't get facial tattoos until they'd realized they weren't ever going to be working a "standard" job.

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- More 2012 Old School Tattoo Expo

Published on November 4, 2012

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waw2012fenow
waw2012fenow

I have a tat on my arm but seriously I love the flesh of a woman as flesh.  This brings me to wonder when did normal flesh become so less appealing than before.  Don't get me wrong about the beauty of the art either as it is really intense work that is done and we can look back through the ages and see that this is nothing new to mankind.  Yet still I do love the flesh of a woman in its purest form and I will always be attracted by the woman not the art.  Let me through this out there as a quick one also not to offend, but its better to make a difference as opposed to being different.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

Let's be different by getting a tattoo like everyone else!

Fred
Fred

Perfect for those who want to look like a Death Row resident without actually going to prison.

 

megarock
megarock

Face tats...the best way to ensure your unemployment in anything but odd jobs ever again. I can see normal tats but apparently some people are so desperate for attention that they need stuff permanently written on their face? SMH.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

 @waw2012fenow , that's a great idea - make a difference rather than being different. But the issue I have is whether those who get tattoos are really being different or not? I believe many are getting tat'd because others they know are getting tat'd which leads to more friends getting tat'd. they are being different by being the same. they are allowing social pressures guide them. It is not some independent voice within them. It is peer pressure on one side and wishing to fit in with a group on the other side. Others are just wanting the shock value they can bring to their parents. Those reasons are as old as time itself.

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