Tatts not for the purists

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It’s a show about tat­too­ing, fea­tur­ing two of the big­gest names in the body art busi­ness.

Yet, ac­cord­ing to world fa­mous tat­tooist Oliver Peck, who stars along­side Chris Núñez as a judge on Ink Mas­ter, his lat­est show isn’t liked all that much by any­one in his own pro­fes­sion.

“It’s not re­ally geared to­wards peo­ple in the in­dus­try,” the 45 year-old artist, fa­mous for chomp­ing on a a tooth­pick and once mar­ry­ing tat­too pin-up, Kat von D, ex­plains.

“It’s more geared to­wards peo­ple who don’t know any­thing about tat­toos, so they can learn about [them].”

“This is more about tak­ing a tat­tooer and putting them in this game show for­mat — which is to­tally crazy.”

Crazy it may be, but au­di­ences can’t get enough.

The show has been on air for eight sea­sons and is one of scores of shows about the body art in­dus­try. So what’s with the ap­peal of this age-old art?

“I’ve been tat­too­ing for twen­tysome­thing years. And even as a young tat­tooer, peo­ple would be like, ‘Ooh, you do tat­toos,’ and that’s all they want to talk about. Ev­ery­body ei­ther has a tat­too, or wants a tat­too, or has very spe­cific rea­sons why they wouldn’t get a tat­too.

So does he ever get an­noyed by be­ing con­stantly stopped in the street?

“I don’t find it an­noy­ing — be­cause I re­ally like stop­ping and talk­ing to peo­ple,” Peck ad­mits.

And that tooth­pick? For the record, Peck never takes it out; even scuba div­ing with it in.


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