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Think you know all about tattoo parlours? You haven't an ink-ling; ellen kirwin goes behind the scenes to find out what really goes on behind the doors.

EING a tattoo artist seems like a cool job.

b. You get paid to be creative and be around like-minded people, you can draw all day and it's fun.

But what is it actually like to permanently ink somebody? We spoke to workers from Liverpool's Design 4 Life tattoo and piercing studio on Lime Street to find out what it's really like in their line of work.

It's not as glitzy as you'd expect... To be sure these tattoo artists love their job but it seems they're not the only ones. Tattoo artist Steven Haury confessed: "I've suspected a customer got a bit excited during a tattoo in an erogenous area."

Anything homophobic definite no-Tattoo artist Morgan " But it's not all fun and games. "We've had fainters, projectile vomiting and most other fluids, all in a day's work." Steven added.

Talking about customers fainting, tattoo artist Morgan Myatt said: "It's more common than you think, but I think the strangest fainter I've had happened five minutes after I'd finished the tattoo and wrapped him up.

"That one caught me off guard a tiny bit!" Design 4 Life isn't just about tattoos it also has a piercing studio and body piercer Daniel Wright said one of the most insane piercings he has ever done is the corset piercing.

He added: "These are pierced using microdermals with rings, which can then be threaded as a corset would be. I did 12 of these on someone's leg."

Daniel also told the ECHO that scoop tongue piercings (also known as snake eyes because of the double bobbles on the end of the piercing) have grown in popularity lately but he said they're not the best idea.

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"They can lead to chipped teeth, gum recession and tooth loss so I have no idea why every man and his dog suddenly wants them."

Myatt " But there are some things the artists refuse to do. Steven said he won't tattoo anything racist or what he doesn't agree with. He also won't do upside down tattoos or anything that compromises hygiene even including tattoos that incorporate cremation ashes.

Morgan agreed: "I've refused to tattoo EDL on someone before because what those guys stand for is awful and I want absolutely no part of it in any way whatsoever.

"Anything racist or homophobic is a definite no-go for me.

"Or if I know it's not going to look great, just because it works on paper doesn't mean it will translate into a tattoo."

One of the most common tattoo requests is to cover up an ex-partners name.

Morgan said: "Really, really think about what you want. They don't rub off after a month!" What would they love to tell their customers? Body piercer Daniel said: "Tattoo studios have a lot of overheads when it comes to hygiene which is reflected in the price, you also have to take into account equipment used and paying that person for the service.

"So, a studio charging PS30 for a piercing or PS70 an hour for tattoos is usually going to be better than a studio charging PS4.50 for a pair of lobes and PS20 an hour for tattoos!

"Look at the studio's most recent work, and decide if you think it is good enough.

"At the end of the day, if you are going to put something on your body for the rest of your life you want it to be right, you don't want to go in for The Mona Lisa and come out with The Monkey Jesus (if you don't know what this is then google it)."

Anything racist or homophobic is a definite no-go for me. Tattoo artist Morgan Myatt
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