With the number of tattoo parlours having doubled over the past three years in the UK, we get under the skin of where the new demand is coming from in Norwich.

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The social perception of tattoos is changing, and tattoo parlours are responding to this evolving demand.

According to recent research by insurance firm Simply Business, the number of parlours opening across Britain has more than doubled in the past three years, and the tattoo craze has risen sharply in East Anglia.

The licensing team at Norwich City Council would, no doubt, agree with this study, as they have had to deal with 17 applications in the last three years, bringing the total number of licensed tattoo parlours to 26.

According to recent Channel 4 documentary, My Tattoo Addiction, there are an estimated 20 million tattoos in Britain. Full arm, leg, chest, back and even head tattoos are now more popular than ever, but having a large tattoo is both a huge statement and a financial commitment.

You can see how two Norwich women decided to get on board with the body art trend in your Evening News tomorrow (Tuesday December 4). In the meantime we take a look at some of the tattoos on show at the Body Art Festival for the past two years in our photo gallery at the top right of this page.

Do you have a tattoo? Be proud of your body art by sharing it on our photo gallery online. Upload your tattoo pictures by clicking on the link at the top right of this page.

35 comments

  • Hate tattoos, they just look dirty after a while. In years to come there will thousands of middle aged and old men and (sadly) women, regretting the mess they are carrying around on their bodies.

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    Abraham

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • What a shock to see the usual moaners contribute, nothing constructive to add, just a chance to have a keyboard whine. Tattoos are about expression and tattooists are highly skilled. What a shame the minority on here find that hard to accept.

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    Horatio

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • Tattoos are ok for those who like them-although probably best reserved as ID for drowned sailors. One does tend to think chav or warped-not natural to expose one's immune system to so much risk.It is piercings I cannot fathom nor stand-self mutilation and dangerously nasty. Something only real primitives would have under taken pre antibiotics. Both tats and piercings-if I was an employer I would say the wearers were attention seeking with borderline personality disorders ( unless they were strapping great sailors)

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • Charli, can you see the difference between skin colour - the colour you are born with - and tattoos, the colour you add to your skin? Please don't try to turn this into the racial game.

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    kenneth jessett

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • I fail to see where I have posted to get a reaction, other than to say I appreciate the art of tattooing and imagine that there is a world out there that doesn't, reason's for which I have tried to highlight on. The fact that you are implying that I don't like or approve of tattoo's shows that you haven't read any of my posts and are jumping on the predjudice bandwagon of straying off topic and taking pop shots at contributors comments. I like tatoo's, I wouldn't get one, but I like them. What is your issue against my posts on this article? If me supporting the culture upsets you, then that's fine, judge me. It won't change my judgement that people with tattoo's are unfairly victimised. Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Friday, December 7, 2012

  • "You are entitled to your own opinion". Thank you.

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    kenneth jessett

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • For the record, I am finished commenting on this article. In conclusion, tattoos are something that I admire. Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Friday, December 7, 2012

  • @Mik - if I knew what "trying going out " meant I might try it. In the meantime there is no way I will be employing somebody that makes themselves unemployable. If my employees hate me , they show it by being punctual,presentable,loyal,hardworking & happy to stay for a very long time.

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    Tudor Bushe

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • i do admire the artistic skills of a tattooist, because the work is fantastic, but personally i would rather see it on a canvas not the body, but thats just my prefference

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    morello

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • Simon, it is the same minority who post just to get a reaction, they also think they can judge people and fell the need to end all of their posts with Regards.

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    Horatio

    Friday, December 7, 2012

  • Look great when you are in your twenties. Not so cleaver when your having your picture taken with your grandchildren.

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    Tone the moan

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • Ludo -Llandudno. We all know that joke But not so funny when a tat put on a nice firm chest end up on man boobs....

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • The difference between people with tattoo's and people without! Those without don't care if you have them or not!

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    charli jackass

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • Damn - my computer crashed as I was typing that and It posted - it is clearly meant to say ''those WITH' don't care if you have them or not! In addition if 'Mik' Is who I think -then I would be more than proud to wear your art. (I am a regular where you work) - What you do is beyond art - and your work is awesome. The respect you gain from that means far more than the false respect these discriminatory employers think they have because their employee's NEED to work for a living. You have something to be damn proud of, and its shown throughout the hundreds of people who leave your studio. I would choose my ink over my job anyday, it's personal, it tells my stories commerates my loved ones, it is who I am. Luckily my employers have the ability to see that I amdamn good at my job, regardless of the colour I CHOOSE to wear on my skin!

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    charli jackass

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • @ Kenneth - totally agree with you , I wouldn't employ them either - or people with facial metal.

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    Tudor Bushe

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • @ Kenneth - totally agree with you , I wouldn't employ them either - or people with facial metal.

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    Tudor Bushe

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • I really don't understand some people on here?!? What does it matter how we look on the outside! - i was always brought up to get to know people on who they actually are, regardless if they have tattoos, 'face metal' etc etc. I have a half sleave, a large tattoo on my left forearm, another on my neck and on my collar bone. I have a brillaint job - I don't have to cover up, I am accepted and respected for who i am and the hard work i do in my job! obs, there will always be rather judgemental people out there - but well what is there to say.....I am who I am, and it's rather sad you can't see past the tattoos & piercings!

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    lj87

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • Oh I love how people without tattoos think it's ok to judge people with them! Pathetic - get a life, having a bit of ink on your body doesn't make you a bad person.

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    Clan

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • What a shock to see the usual moaners contribute. I agree with Charli, Tattoos are art and a form of expression that have a special meaning or story to tell for each individual. It is also a highly skilled trade and the body art festival is a wonderful showcase of this, some people on here should take a look for themselves before posting stereotypical comments.

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    Horatio

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • I'm sorry to say this, but both gals look like geezers with their 'tats'

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    nrg

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • I cannot begin to imagine the heartache that I would cause my dear old mum if I were to come home with a tattoo. To be honest, I wouldn't know what to get and where, but I suspect that the charity shop I volunteer for wouldn't like it either. My late father had an anchor on his forearm that he regretted, leaving me to ponder why get stamped for life? It is obvious to me that those with tattoos are on the whole nice people, but I suspect that they find it hard to convince synics otherwise. Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • It really annoys me that thousands of women have these things removed each year via the N.H.S. at enormous cost , money that could be better used to treat real sickness & trauma.

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    Tudor Bushe

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • Mik, it is good to see you are so, 'open minded'.

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    kenneth jessett

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • Well well, I see the not so nice judgeMental brigade are in attendance. Guys please keep your comments on topic, the girls pictured are local and its not very nice to make comments about how they look. The trailer trash and chav comments are so wide of the mark you would not believe. These are grown women with a mind of their own, the one pictured on the left is my Girlfriend and its not nice to be rude. Unless you are prepared guys to post a picture of your wife GF boyfriend so we can see what you live with?? My GF is a professional woman who is highly skilled and works for a very respectable surgeon. She is a great mother and very house proud, I cannot fault her!! Her employer does not judge her by a fantastic piece of art she proudly wears on her arm!! Now boys as previously stated you do have your opinions on what you like and don't like, I'm not going to force anyone with my opinion on this subject, but say someone had a full back tattoo and worked for you and you never knew? I bet there is a tattoo you know nothing about!! Haha. It's a bit over critical to say you would never employ someone because they had a tattoo. But think on this, one day you and me may well be in the same retirement home and you will have to put up with my music and my tattoo's (I'm 44 now so won't be long)!! So in conclusion. My GF is no chav hahaha I like to think about people as tattoos. My GF is a rosé with no thorns. Charli is a rose entwined into a skull. Alex is a vociferous dragon, And you narrow minded fools are just a load of old Anchors!!

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    Simon Powell

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • So @Kennesth - Your saying you wouldn't employ someone based on skin colour? That's a very narrow minded and outdated point of view! Also, I think you'll find not employing someone for that reason is discrimination - and not compliant with equal opportunities laws. The colour of someone's skin does not affect their ability to do their job! You Sir, have my sympathies for being so ignorant!

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    charli jackass

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • I have respect and admiration for those who are tatooists and can see the attraction in having one done but please don't puposefully mark yourself out from the "mainstream" and then scream descrimination, it's naive at best. Job interviews by their very nature are descriminatory, as alas, is life.

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    frank young

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • Finished on this article Whiley or on the site as a whole, that would be most welcome.

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    Horatio

    Friday, December 7, 2012

  • Would you not let him save your life??

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    Simon Powell

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • Jesus what rock do you two live under, you need to 'try' crawling out from under it, if you think a person is 'unemployable' because they either have tattoos or piercings then you both should of been born in Victorian England, I bet your discrimination doesnt end there, if your snobbery towards Body Art is that keen I wonder who else you look down your noses at, its also illegal to discriminate in any way, as an employer you should know that! What sort of place do you run Noah? A workhouse? The reason your 'happy employees' turn up to work is because they need the money mate, simple as, your intensely conservative, middle class attitude towards tattoos leaves me considering you dont particularly like the lower classes, or people who think outside the box,or people who didnt have a private education, well Noah, its a big bad world out there and we werent all born with silver spoons in our mouths. Oh, and Sir Kenneth, an open mind is a wonderful thing, you should try it sometime, they say Art is true magic, wether on skin or canvas, and people from all walks of life have them, not just 'trailer trash', which is an indication of how close minded you are to use such a derogatory term to describe tattooed people. Do you two live on the Isle of Jersey by any chance? Or Bible Belt America??

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    Mik

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • If I see a woman with a tattoo I think of trailer park trash. If I see a man with a tattoo I think of ignorant redneck. Either send negative vibes for me, and I wouldn't employ either. It's a free choice to make, for all of us.

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    kenneth jessett

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • "Oh I love how people without tattoos think it's ok to judge people with them!" ... Acutally, I do have a right to judge people with tattoos. I think that on the whole that tattoos are good and I find the art of them interesting. So, please explain to me why I am not ok to judge people with tattoo's? Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • Look like a pair of chavs.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • @Kenneth and Noah, to be honest lads, i dont think most people would want to work under someone as small minded, sad and judgemental as you two, tattoos are a personal thing so is art, probably something you have no idea about, I bet your employees hate you, and the fact you have even posted something so scathing on here shows not only how childish you are, but also how sheltered your boring lives have been, trying going out and meeting people, or getting a life, or even cheering up a bit!!

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    Mik

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • Reading through the comments that have been posted here just show how pathetic and narrow-minded the people that class themselves as 'normal' are. Fair enough, you are entitled to your own opinion as to whether you like tattoos or not-but on one hand there is having an opinion, and on the other there is being a judgemental fool (as alot of people are) I have quite a lot of tattoos and as shocking as it may be to some of you- i also have a career!!! Credit to those who dont judge-but far too many people do! You may well be fat, ugly, bald, hairy, have freckles, acne or whatever it is that makes you different-people dont judge you and refuse you job interviews on that basis-so get with the times and stop being so narrow minded. You may go out and by a nice paintingpiece of art and hang it on the wall of your dining room and no one cares!-the fact that we decide we want to display our art on our bodies has as little relevance to you as what colour pants i choose put on in the morning (which just to make sure its ok-today mine are black!)

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    Alex Tungate

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • Look like a pair of chavs.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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