Tattoo Story-Matt

The tattoo business is one that has been growing at a tremendous rate. Athletes of all levels of sport have been getting tattoos at an alarming rate, and it doesn’t seem as though it’s going to be coming to an end anytime soon.

A study by the Pew Research Center in 2007 found that 36% of 18-25 year olds have at least one tattoo in America. Furthermore, the study also found that 40% of 26-40 year olds have at least one tattoo. Clearly, the evolution of tattoos is the next biggest fad amongst Americans.

This story was not as easy as I thought it was originally going to be. At first, I was going to interview the manager of “Thinkin’ Ink” on Beechurst Avenue, but the manager wasn’t available to talk because of a sudden emergency. Because of that, I was forced to look at other tattoo shops around Morgantown, and ended up at High Street Tattoo. This tattoo shop welcomed me in with open arms and allowed me to shoot b-roll of a customer getting a tattoo on her back, which was crucial to the development of my story.

The owner of High Street Tattoo, Nick Papanicolas, was a great person to interview about the sudden emergence of the tattoo business. His in-depth look into the dangers of tattoos and other lingering effects made for a great interview. And like I said, he allowed for me to shoot footage of someone getting a tattoo, which was key to the story.

The other person I interviewed was Joe Mazzulla of the WVU men’s basketball team. I went to the WVU Coliseum for player interviews and asked ahead of time for either Truck Bryant or Joe Mazzulla, but since Truck was in class I got Mazzulla for an interview. Mazzulla also had a lot to say about his tattoos and really made the story what it was. He allowed for me to shoot footage of his various tattoos on his arms and chest, which made for great visuals to go along with his story.

My biggest reason for choosing to do a story about the emergence of tattoos is because it’s almost impossible to watch a college or pro game without seeing some sort of body ink on the athletes. It’s an interesting way to express yourself and people all over the country are continuing to do it.

The tattoo revolution has begun in America, and throughout the world at that. After learning that tattoos first surfaced all the way back in 3000 B.C. on Egyptian mummies, it made for an interesting perspective to see how far tattoos have come and how unbelievable the growth of them are.

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