Early ’90s

CLEO (Singapore) - - BEAUTY -

Up till the early ’90s, the process of get­ting a tat­too was some­what like order­ing fast food: one could only choose from tem­plated de­signs that were num­bered. “In those days, there was no cus­tomi­sa­tion in­volved. Tat­too artists got their de­signs from flash sheets sold by [then-pop­u­lar tat­too artists] David Bolt, Paul Booth and Ed­ward Lee,” says Sa­muel. Nat­u­rally, this meant that many peo­ple had the same de­signs.

Pop­u­lar de­signs: Barbed wire, Celtic knot­work, tribal drag­ons, Red In­dian chiefs, but­ter­flies and dol­phins

“Celebri­ties had a lot of in­flu­ence over what sort of tat­too de­signs peo­ple got. Many peo­ple got Celtic knot­work stuff be­cause of Pamela An­der­son, and those who got a tribal dragon were in­spired by the one on Billy Bob Thorn­ton.” - Sa­muel

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