Just Like Everybody Else, Tattoo Aficionados Find Affinity Online

By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There’s an online social network for just about everyone — including, now, those who appreciate tattoos.

For some businesses, social media just fits.  Tattooing, for example, where artists can compare work in tattooing forums, and people who want to get some ink can see online examples of burning hearts and screaming skulls.

At Olde City Tattoo, on Second Street near Chestnut, artist Johnny Gues says business is generated through social media.

“You need to build a clientele,” he notes, “or you want to put examples of your work out so people will see it all over the world.  So it was inevitable for tattooing to have its own forums and blogs and social networking sites.”

TheTatSpot (http://tattspace.com) is among the latest online meeting place for tattoo artists.  One CNet editor joked that a better name for it might be “InkedIn.”

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