Tuesday Afternoon Tattoo

 

  • Customers at Capitol Tattoo in Silver Spring with artist Chris Thayer.
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    Customers at Capitol Tattoo in Silver Spring with artist Chris Thayer.
  • Tattoo and piercing artist Tina Pell listens to two guys trying to sell her a line of body piercing jewelry.  The guy on the right is clearly experienced with both piercing and tattoos.
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    Tattoo and piercing artist Tina Pell listens to two guys trying to sell her a line of body piercing jewelry. The guy on the right is clearly experienced with both piercing and tattoos.
  • Maya Walker (center) and two friends are choosing her fourth tattoo.  She says once she began decorating her body with them, tattoos became a bit of an addiciton.
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    Maya Walker (center) and two friends are choosing her fourth tattoo. She says once she began decorating her body with them, tattoos became a bit of an addiciton.
  • Out of the thousands of designs, Capitol Tattoo offers, Walker chooses a bird.  The first step is transferring a stencil of the bird onto her upper thigh.
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    Out of the thousands of designs, Capitol Tattoo offers, Walker chooses a bird. The first step is transferring a stencil of the bird onto her upper thigh.
  • Chris Thayer starts working.  The relatively simple tattoo will take about an hour and cost $100.
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    Chris Thayer starts working. The relatively simple tattoo will take about an hour and cost $100.
  • Thayer says women handle the pain of the needle better than men, but he says women are more vocal.
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    Thayer says women handle the pain of the needle better than men, but he says women are more vocal.
  • Every dozen or so strokes, the electric needle is dipped in fresh ink.
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    Every dozen or so strokes, the electric needle is dipped in fresh ink.
  • Thayer says he enjoys the job because he can use his drawing skills.  SInce tattoos are permanent, though it requires intense concentration to avoid mistakes.
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    Thayer says he enjoys the job because he can use his drawing skills. SInce tattoos are permanent, though it requires intense concentration to avoid mistakes.
  • The finished tattoo, just before Chris Thayer places a bandage over Maya Walker's leg.   The bandage will help avoid infection from airborne bacteria.  The swelling should go down in a day or so.
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    The finished tattoo, just before Chris Thayer places a bandage over Maya Walker's leg. The bandage will help avoid infection from airborne bacteria. The swelling should go down in a day or so.
  • Capitol Tattoo is one of several parlors in the Silver Spring area.  Artists Chris Thayer and TIna Pell say the shop is busy from noon when it opens to nine p.m. when it closes.
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    Capitol Tattoo is one of several parlors in the Silver Spring area. Artists Chris Thayer and TIna Pell say the shop is busy from noon when it opens to nine p.m. when it closes.

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