Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

March 28, 2013

Tattoo art focus of Saturday event at library

Tim Preston
The Independent

ASHLAND —  About a half-dozen artists will be on hand Saturday for an unusual education session at the main branch of the Boyd County Public Library.

“Several months ago we polled our staff for new and innovative things to reach people we wouldn’t normally reach,” said adult programming supervisor Amanda Clark, explaining the origin of Tattoo Artists Showcase.

Clark said tattoos are a recognized art form, although there “are some stigmas,” and misinformation about the topic, allowing the library an excellent opportunity to link the public and area tattoo artists for an informative session. Clark said anyone considering getting a tattoo might be especially interested in the informal showcase, which will allow opportunities to meet and discuss tattoos with the artists.

The library spokesman said five or six tattoo artists are expected to participate, with confirmations by Jason Warren of Ink King Tattoos & Piercings of Olive Hill, Josh Euton of Blood Line Tattoo of Flatwoods and Chris Trent and “Maddog” from Maddog Tattooz of Russell.

“It’s about the art, but it’s also about education,” said Darlene Myers of Maddog Tattooz, explaining people should be aware of issues including cleanliness, licensing, legal regulations, sterilization methods “and to get to know your artist. I mean, you’re getting it for life. You need to be comfortable with your artist.”

Clark said each artist will have a display of his or her work, possibly including live models.

The event will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at the branch at 1740 Central Ave. For more information, call (606) 329-0518, ext. 1140.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.