Currently reading : Tattooing Legends
Tattooing is a culture that is based on offering a service. It feeds on the principle of exchange, it can not be totally underground and at the same time, for this very reason, it knows how to protect its members, its actors, its History, its stories and its legends. The so called””but what else to call it?”””tattoo culture” is important nowadays because entertainment and mainstream culture are looking for substance. Substance is what they sell. And substance is some thing the Tattoo Culture has, and knows how to preserve. Additionally, this very substance is not materialized as dusty clay statuettes, it is very live human beings. Those who testify by their very existence for the existence of different times, and other legends our society ended up recycling so many times it had people wonder if they ever really existed. Namely, the Hippy movement, the Biker culture, the sailors, the traditional gangsters, outlaws or lo-lives of all kind. Living in the tattoo culture, you get to meet some of these legends, which is always a highly emotional moment.
Recently I met Lal Hardy. In spite of his young age (for a legend), Lal is a living memory for British (and international) tattooing. His shop in greater London is a myth, but not a loud/public myth, a real myth for those who know. Lal himself wears an amazing collection of tattoos from the 80’s and 90’s (among those, a backpiece by Filip Leu). Last but not least, Lal was a lose friend to the late Jason Saga (Rest in Peace).