It’s been three months since Ink and Needles West has opened its doors to the public after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer enacted the Stay-at-home order to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan. Ink and Needle west tattoo shop practicing social distancing throughout its shop to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Amber Watson, 23, a student at Michigan State University, said “I was really excited that Ink and Needles were opening up after being closed during COVID-19, three months is a long time to get a new tattoo.”
Ink and Needless tattoo shop closed on March 22 and was allowed to open their business on June 15. The state requires tattoo shops to have guidelines to reopen and to service customers including; wearing gloves, everyone being serviced have on a mask, social distancing of 6ft apart or more and cleaning the stations after every use. Moya Maffett, artist at Ink & Needles West and East in Lansing said, “It’s nice to get back in the groove of things, because we get to meet people and interact with them and see why they get the tattoos they get.”
She said, “we’ve marked everywhere six feet proximity so that clients can social distance, we have been using shields or face masks when we tattoo and speak to our clients to make sure everyone is safe.
Everyone has a way of expressing themselves, some people do so with body modifications. Some people choose tattoos. Tattoos have been one of the more popular body modification that people gravitate towards. This is going to be be most colorful generation of grandparents about 50 years from now. Whether it is because of a broken heart, an amazing experience, or just because, a lot of people are choosing to have their stories imprinted on them for the rest of their lives.
In the past, the touch of ink on skin was the mark of an outcast. Though tattoos have taken on a new role today, some employers think differently. When one was looking to differentiate themselves from the crowd and rebel against societal rules, a tattoo usually resulted. Due to this trend, older generations still associate tattoos with the mark of those who “were in the navy, went to jail, or were part of a biker gang,” said etiquette expert at Emily Post, Daniel Post Senning. Though tattoo acceptance has evolved drastically over the past twenty years, the Baby Boomer generation, and the generations prior, have carried with them their original preconceptions about tattoos, according to Senning.