It’s been late I’ve peeped inside the Indian tattoo world, owing to the art’s dormant state and less popularity in almost every nook and corner. But in a country where you’ll hardly find any ink splashed on the skins, winds of change is blowing steadily over one place, touching everyone and dragging all along with it. And the place is none other than the north-eastern state of Mizoram. Influenced by Jolies, Pitts, Beckhams and the like, not only the Gen-X but even the old are flaunting the gold of tattoos on their skins.
Enter Aizawl, the capital, and you’ll see the markings as the latest ‘style statement’ everywhere. Though the church and the local health workers are raising their eyebrows against the latest craze, but I’m sure the glitter of the ink will melt away all false estrangements in this highly fashion-conscious state with multicolored bulging biceps, collar bones, shoulders, and navels.
‘Tattoos are no longer associated with the rough and rowdy. With the growing popularity of tattoos among young people, it is vital that we develop a better understanding of this form of self-expression,’ said Lallianzuala Sailo, a popular 59 year old tattoo artist who runs ‘Gold finger tattoo parlor’.
Also, the implementation of new safe techniques, machines, highly equipped parlors and disposable needles have left matters related with health hazards baseless and as far as the perception of the Church is concerned, the only thing that can change it is ‘time’. But why we should wait for it, just move on, that’s what the fashion fad youth here’re now talking, but in fact, it’s the voice of the enigmatically beautiful body art.