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Even In Recession, No Red Ink For Tattoo Business

MSNBC.COM - A lot of ink has spilled in the media lately about the popularity of tattoos among Americans. Any stigma surrounding the ancient body art has long ago faded. Businesspeople, parents pushing strollers and college students are as likely to sport "tats" these days as the traditional clientele of military personnel or bikers.

No exact figures are available that outline the size of the tattoo industry in the U.S., but several years ago Inc. estimated there were about 15,000 tattoo parlors in America, making somewhere north of $2.3 billion annually. And a Pew Research Center study says more than a third of Americans ages 18 to 25 have a tattoo, as well as 40 percent of folks in the 26 to 40 range. In contrast, the study found only about 10 percent of people age 41 to 64 are tattooed.

Story: Body art seen as less of a workplace barrier

Another interesting note: Many tattoo businesses appear to be doing quite well, thank you, in spite of the economic downturn. "Things like tattoos, alcohol, entertainment — they're always going to be there," says Joe Miller, owner of Old Larimer Street Tattoo in Denver. "They make people feel good about themselves."

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