Tattoos have been around a very long time and have provoked a range of responses, from being seen as important cultural markers and art forms to something disreputable and looked down upon. In modern times, they appear to be experiencing a renaissance as people of all ages and walks of life get tattoos for a multitude of reasons. Steve Perry is one of these people, and he told the Miner that for him, part of the appeal is adrenaline-based.
"I've played with alligators and venomous snakes," he said. "I grew up riding BMX, skiing, etc. I've always worked hard to set myself apart and be different." He describes an independent childhood filled with the challenge of pushing himself to his limits, and the tattoos he wears today reflect that. One tattoo on his neck even glows in the dark under black lights.
Today he is co-owner of Mink Ink Tattoo in Kingman with his wife, Michelle. And while he enjoyed a more extreme approach to life before, he said he follows strict health and safety rules with his tattoo business. He explained that Mink Ink Tattoo has passed several health inspections and he's taken several classes in Las Vegas with health personnel to ensure the safety of his clients. He wants people to be able to enjoy their tattoos and stay safe.
At right, the character "Tank Girl" and "Garbage Pail Kids" show up to reflect his sense of humor.