tattoos are no longer universally dark and scary
Tattoos are a way for us to wear our heart on our sleeve. Maybe they are the closest we can get to doing this literally. Darkness, while sexy, real, and necessary, is not the only thing you keep in your heart. As a marauding tattoo journalist, you could say my passion is to find out and share what people hold in their hearts.
Also, if you are interested in finding tattoo masters based in more affordable countries and cities, I can hook you up! There are very valuable insights to be had by you and I. Tattoos, much like food and weed, vary enormously in cost, quality, and genre as you hop frontiers.
You will find episodes exploring where are the best tattoo artists in the world, what new types of tattoo styles are being innovated, and why on Earth people even get tattoos in the first place.
Obviously, I will be adding to my own collection along the way.
tattoo tourism is like anthony bourdain's parts unknown, but for different types of tattoo styles
When you travel, what do you most look forward to? If you are like my buddy Bourdain and I, you probably look forward to trying tasty foods. The reason we feel excitement at the idea of trying the local cuisine is because food is made differently in different parts of the world.
This applies to more than just food (and tattoos!) If you go to France, you can expect to experience handsome Gothic architecture, stylish fashion, and the sexy ambient romance for which that country is known.
The most valuable thing about leaving the comfort of your home is the privilege of experiencing what makes each place unique and excellent - Leon De Greif, poet
I am proud to be part of the global movement that has slowly been nudging "third world" cities like Florianopolis, Medellin, Tulum, and Hanoi out of obscurity and into the global spotlight. Tattoo Tourism will try to answer the simple question, what makes a city excellent?
3 Types of New Tattoo Styles
1. Destruturatto 
- Best Artists: MamboTattooer
- Main colors: All colors
- Origin: Milan, Italy
- Personality: Artistic
Started in Italy by a man who goes by Mambo Tattooer, this style is very difficult to find out in the wild. To date, there are no other prominent artists online who have made a name for themselves flying the destruturatto banner, but it is only a matter of time before there are copy cats and innovators. Although brand new and exceedingly rare, this is a beloved style by hundreds of thousands of tattoo enthusiasts.
Unlike watercolor tattoos, which are not respected among many top tattoo artists, Destruturatto has solid black foundations that will hold the design for decades to come.
Mambo seems to enjoy tattooing pop culture references and smallish cartoon-style illustrations. They measure an estimated average of 4 square inches. As they currently exist, Destruturatto tattoos are not great for massive back pieces or anything large-scale like that. If you are considering something large, take a look at this next style.
2. Sacred Geometry [popularized 2015]
- Best artists: @PiotrSzot @Nissaco
- Main colors: Black and gray
- Origin: Indigenous geometric. South America
- Personality: Spiritual
This style is said to be found in the most fundamental elements of nature. Folks who get sacred geometry tend to be spiritual. Sacred geometry as an art form is an ancient tradition that began around 2000 BC in Egypt. Egypt, however, is only one of hundreds of sites where sacred geometry sprung up. It has also been discovered in the patterns used by the Incas and many other civilizations. Modern sacred geometry is very popular in Brazil.
Tattoo genres can often be combined to create beautiful unique styles. Sacred geometry is one example of a new style that is fused with other styles to form world-class art. My favorite tattoo artist in the world is Nissaco, a Japan-based geometric tattoo master who fuses sacred geometry with deep blacks and Japanese Traditional for a psychedelic armor-like effect.
3. Ignorant 
- Best Artists: @Fuziuvtpk
- Main Colors: Black & gray with some red
- Origin: Prison. Graffiti. France
- Personality: Fun
These tats are bad on purpose. They come from a mix of Russian prison tattoos, doodles, American Traditional, and graffiti. They're mostly meant to be edgy or funny. Philosopher/Artist YouTuber Struthless was the first to tell me about this new "party leg" genre of tattooing. In his video about ignorant tattoos, he says they are what you get when you mix modern technology with tattoo culture.
Ignorant tattoos became extremely popular in the 2010s. There were two historic leaps in the decade of Drake that led to the widespread adoption of this kind of tattoos
- For the first time since the industrial revolution, it was socially okay to get tattoos. Modern day tattoos in the USA will not get you thrown in jail. Tattoos will not even cost you your job.
- For the first time in history, Ebay, Craigslist, and other P2P selling websites made it possible to buy tattoo machines without a license or even any tattoo experience
As Struthless says, letting your friend tattoo something silly on your thigh at a party using his new tattoo kit says "Bravery" a lot better than an actual tattoo that says "Bravery."
why do I love tattoos?
The new world we are building will require many of the things that make a good tattoo: boldness, decisiveness, creativity, sacrifice, and long-term planning.
When I was little, I loved heroes that carried a named sword, or a pet guardian. I think many little boys enjoy thinking about that and get excited talking to their friends about what theirs would be. To this day, that is what tattoos are for me. Each piece is my dark guardian and my named sword.
This feeling of permanent companionship applies to bad tattoos too! A bad tattoo is as much of a permanent presence as a good one. A bad tattoo is as much of a liability as an ugly, wimpy, sickly guardian. Even worse, a bad tattoo in a prominent place is an unhealing puncture wound in your identity.
Ultimately, I am a communicator who is passionate about travel and tattoos. The two things combine in a very interesting and unique way in my own life and in the lives of others, so subscribe to my YouTube channel linked above if that is you.
Stay hydrated, gente valiente.