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Tattoos in the News

Back-to-School season is just around the corner, which means it’s time for a look at a few stories from around the wild and wacky planet of ours. In June, our “Tattoos in the News” feature referenced how Russia was introducing a QR code tattoo for the fully vaccinated. We semi-joked about how such a thing may be on the horizon for Canada. Looks like it was no laughing matter, as we’re not that far off from the government taking that step (gulp). But we digress. Let’s just get to the goods – keep reading!

Tattoo Related Stories from Around the World that You Want to Know About

Italy Added to List of Countries “Using” QR Code Tattoos to Prove Vaccination

So, remember how we reported on Russia (above) implementing a QR code tattoo system to prove vaccination status? Those tattoos are temporary (for now) but it looks like a citizen in Italy is taking his own country’s move to demand proof to heart. The 22-year-old student voluntarily tattooed the vaccination QR code that was on his smartphone on to his arm. All he needs to do to enter an establishment is scan his bicep and enjoy his Big Mac. Will Trudeau take note and make this mandatory in Canada?

“YOLO” Ignites Tattoo Boom

We have been very vocal over the last year and a half about how the forced lockdowns would encourage people to go out and get inked. They have realized that life is too short to waste time worrying about what corporate Canada or the clergy thinks, although the Pope is stoked on tattoos. But while we wouldn’t be caught dead using the abbreviation YOLO in our studio, TIME Magazine is happy to, recently publishing an article titled “Pandemic Woes and a ‘Yolo Mentality’ Have Ignited a Boom Time for Tattoo Artists“. The acronym and article isn’t wrong, as citizens are taking life by the horns and doing whatever it is they want to do, especially when it comes to their own bodies. If you’ve been on the fence about getting a tattoo because you have been worried about what others will say, the time to shed that trepidation is now. To hell with what others think. Get tattooed.

The above news features show that there are right reasons, and questionable reasons, to get a tattoo. The moral of these stories however, is that it is your choice, and your choice alone. If you are ready to get another (or your first) tattoo and you’re in the Greater Vancouver or Toronto area, schedule a consultation at a tattoo shop near you.