Tattoos are a luxury. Thatâ€™s the opinion of Mr. K, a resident artist at Bang Bang Tattoos, New York. Formally trained at Parsons School of Design, his career evolved from corporate graphic design to streetwear fashion, before picking up a tattoo machine last year. A lover of fine art, some of his first works were replicas of classic masterpieces.
â€śTattoos should be treated like high end products,â€ť he tells me. â€śYou have to research and find the perfect artist. Then comes the maintenance. Without care, even the best tattoo will look really bad. I always mention to clients that fine line tattoos will not stay so delicate or precise after a few months or years; you have to get touch ups, stay out of the sun. You have to really take care of these purchases, they’re forever.â€ť
Photos Â© "Mr. K" / Sanghyuk Ko