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The art of tattooing on ‘an ever-changing canvas’

Alexis Rosasco, a tattoo artist and the owner of AR Designs Fine Art & Tattoo, is seen tattooing Brittany Hamilton of Dalton, in North Adams

"According to the Boston Public Health Commission, there are 86 active licensed tattoo artists in Boston alone, with more in neighboring cities — and for many of them, tattooing is just where their art begins. Some double as painters or illustrators, and a growing number of tattoo artists have formal artistic training. At Massachusetts College of Art and Design, for instance, around 5-10 percent of illustration majors are considering tattoo-related art careers, an uptick from a decade ago, said Margot Zurakowska, chair of MassArt’s illustration department."