Tattooist urges people to think before they ink

Big decision: Tattoo and Art Show organiser Macaela Manuel said people should think hard before...
Big decision: Tattoo and Art Show organiser Macaela Manuel said people should think hard before getting a tattoo and make sure it is "exactly what they want". Photo by Vaughan Elder
The demand for tickets to tomorrow's Tattoo and Art Show at Forbury Park Raceway shows how much tattooing has grown as an art form, event organiser Macaela Manuel says.

All 600 tickets for the event have sold out and Ms Manuel says she could have easily sold "another 600 tickets" if the venue was larger.

That the event had sold out showed how popular tattoo art was in Dunedin, Ms Manuel, the co-owner of Visual Intelligence Tattoo and Art Studio, said.

"I think a lot of people have changed their ideas on what a tattoo is about because they ... see it more than just a tattoo. It's a piece of art."

The popularity of this year's show meant it was likely to become a regular event.

"I'd like to make it an annual event but it might be that we may only be able to do it every two years, just to give ourselves a breather in between."

She said it was important for people considering getting tattoos to think hard before going ahead with their decision.

"They need to take the time to make sure that it's exactly what they want, because it is permanent, after all.

"They have to think about what style and what design and whereabouts on their body they want it," she said.

During Saturday's show there will be a tattoo competition, where people can enter their artwork.

Former All Black Josh Kronfeld is among the judges.

Graffiti artists will demonstrate street art on a 10m wall outside and five local studios will be tattooing at the show.

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