As the world continues to push through the pain, loss, and challenges of COVID-19
and widespread social unrest, Hong is just one of many who are turning to tattoos. Though it’s early for market research to show a data-driven surge in mid-pandemic tattooing, anecdotal evidence is emerging: Katrina Jackson
, owner of Enigma Tattoo
in Beverly Hills, reports that both inquiries and bookings at her Beverly Hills shop have doubled since April versus last year, despite unusually long wait lists prompted by mandated closures. Elva Stefanie
, a tattoo artist and owner of The Blank Slate tattoo shop in New York’s Hudson Valley, said requests for bookings also doubled in May and quadrupled at her monthly residency in a Maryland shop. Even temporary tattoo shop closures didn’t slow interest. Orders for DIY tattooing gear from Bay Area company Stick and Poke Tattoo Kit
have increased by 150% on average since stay-at-home mandates began in March, and search for “tattoos” is up 48% according to Google Trends.