PRESTONSBURG – The Floyd County Library Adult Education Series presented Celebrating Body Art and Piercing on Saturday. The library main conference room and education room was filled with hundreds of images of tattoos, piercings, body modification, scarification and even medical alert tattoos.
Adult and Young Adult Programming Coordinator Randy Reno has worked for the Floyd County Library for 14 years. The majority of his career was spent driving the book mobile. Reno said the idea to do an education series about body art seemed like a good idea considering so many people were getting tattooed or pierced.
According to a nationwide survey, “Americans spend approximately $1.65 billion on tattoos annually.”
The series was open to the public and may remain open to the public for the remainder of the month. Prestonsburg citizens Tom Cornett and Kim Moore came to observe the body art images and talk with professional tattoo artist Jennifer White.
“I love tattoos and have always wanted one I have decided as soon as I can come up with the cash, I am going to get a tattoo,” said Tim Cornett.
Professional tattoo artist Jennifer White of Smalltown Tattoo was on hand to talk with series patrons. White graduated from Prestonsburg High School in 2003. She has been tattooing for 10 years.
“I have been around a tattoo shop since I was 16 years old. I always loved to draw. I take my profession very seriously. Someone is allowing me to alter their skin, and I want to make sure the drawing is exactly what they want. I did a two year apprenticeship with my mentor being Mike Vance of Pikeville,” said White.
White said teenagers come in trying to get tattoos, however anyone under 18 must have a parent’s signature notarized before they are allowed to get a tattoo. Smalltown requires a $50 minimum on all tattoos except hands, feet and neck which requires $100 minimum.
Johnny Depp once said “My body is my journal and my tattoos are my story.”
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 794-0290.