Once a symbol of distinct counter cultural association or a rite of passage, the tattoo has trickled into mainstream culture, where everyone from your librarian to your babysitter is said to have a 'wild girl' or butterfly somewhere. With this commercialization of a once sacred practice, tattoos have cheapened in appeal and (unfortunately) price as just about anyone with the slightest bit of 'artistic ability' believing that they too can become the next Kat Von D. With so many bad tattoos out there, there's one artist that's putting the class and skill back into the profession. Tattoo artist Xoil hails from France and works at Needles Side Tattoo in Thonon-les-Bains.
Xoil's tattoos merge fine art and text to make one-of-a-kind creations that not only accentuate the spot where the tattoo is placed but offer a unique and fresh perspective to tattooing that hasn't been seen since fine artist Amanda Wachob began tattooing watercolor-like creations and on her clients.
If you're thinking about getting one of Xoil's masterpieces, think again. The artist is booked for the rest of 2013 and the better part of 2014.
But, don't fret, at least you have plenty of time to contemplate the best design.