I sat down with owner Steve and apprentices Alex and Elanor to discuss Waltham Abbey’s Thirteen Tattoo Parlour’s change in location!
Tattoos date all the way back to primitive times and were used, and still are used, for many reasons; from a cave man’s rite of passage into adulthood, to a 21st century teen’s favourite song lyrics staying with them forever and always. Before the 21st century it was mainly criminals and members of the navy that had tattoos… definitely not women! Times have changed massively however, and now it is mostly considered perfectly normal for a woman to have tattoos. The continuous feminist movements that have been made throughout many countries, especially in the UK since the 1960s, could be a major contributor to this.
Tattoo and piercing parlour Thirteen, has moved from the hidden away backstreets of the Abbey, to the main high street where they are now more prominent.