But as the nation became more mechanized and industrious, so did tattooing — with the practice quickly graduating into a widely accepted form of self-expression.
By the 1900s, the newly invented electric tattoo pens buzzed with fervor throughout the country. And by 1936, it was reported that one in every 10 Americans had at least one tattoo.
In the series, Jones revisits post-WWII life in America, chronicling the explosion of the popularity of our colorful nation’s tattoos. The series also sees Jones getting new ink by fellow Army vet, Will XX of the Blaque Salt Studio.
“I work really hard to be original in everything that I construct,” the artist declared, illustrating the pride he takes in his work — and the passion he finds in the art of tattooing.
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