The Art of Tattooing in San Miguel
Smile, You Are in San Miguel
By Jade Arroyo
During the past decade, tattoo culture has been relieved of stigma and is now recognized as an actual art form. Thousands of people around the world have tattooed themselves voluntarily, for ritual, for tradition, for a memory, for strength, or for art.
But how does it work? When someone gets tattooed, his or her skin is injected with ink. An immune response is automatically initiated and cells called “macrophages” relocate to the area and consume the ink molecules. The ink molecules are taken by the macrophages to the body’s lymph nodes. However, many of the macrophages that are filled with ink stay in the area of the tattoo, retained in the skin tissue. This is what makes tattoos visible under your skin. You may experience a little pain on the way, but it is totally worth it.
Last weekend, during the Film Festival, one of the best tattoo artists in Mexico City came to town for a week-long residency, tattooing local folks at the hip store, Bendita, which has organized events about fashion, music, and expression since its opening in 2013.
The artist known as Inkjektor, Pedro Alos Chiadoni, has been applying tattoos since 2009 in Mexico, New York, and London. Pedro (born 1970) got his solid start at the National School of Fine Arts and continued his studies working at principal tattoo studios in New York (Cassioppia, Andromeda, Zeus Tattoo) and England (Clapham Ink Tattoo, Stop & Ink Tattoo, London). He currently works at Revolting Ink in the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City.
Several dozen people are wearing his tattoos proudly around the city. To check them out, go to the artist’s Instagram, www.instagram.com/inkjektor.