It’s been a while since I read Ray Bradbury’s 1951 novel “The Illustrated Man” but now I wonder about its impact on the tattoo industry as a whole. The book was nominated for an International Fantasy Award in 1952. It was made in to a movie by the same name which stared Rod Steiger and told the tale of how the central character came about his tattoos at the hands of a time traveling woman. I remember reading the book as a teenager in high school and being struck by the scene where the tattoos come alive and begin to move, telling their stories.
I understand how mysterious tattoos can be. Some are merely cartoons and others have deep meaning and tell fantastic stories. Looking back, I can see how this novel and subsequent movie might have contributed to the mystique of tattoos, which were especially popular in the fifties and sixties. Back then, artists used India ink which was cheap, abundant, and gave the majority of tattoos a sailor-style appearance. Q-switched lasers were employed to remove many of those tattoo nightmares but modern inks require PicoSure Laser tattoo removal due to their chemical composition and durable lightfastness. If you have an old or new tattoo that you would like to safely, effectively and completely remove with the state-of-the-art PicoSure laser I can be reached by phone @ 512-479-9997 or just stop by my NEW location in Austin, TX: Austin Medspa on W. 6th St.