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The Tattoo Authority of the Northeast

Tattoos in Connecticut are easy to come by, but in order to get the best tattoo service in the entire northeast, you need to come to Enfield, Connecticut where you will find Torture Ink.

Even though Torture Ink is, hands down, the best tattoo shop in the entire area, we continually make improvements to assure that we keep our reputation as the “Tattoo Authority of the Northeast.” We do this by hiring only the most talented body artists in existence, and using the latest and greatest tattoo techniques, with which most artists aren’t even familiar. We also maintain a very high degree of cleanliness and sanitation. We exercise extreme safety measures to protect each of our customers’ health and well-being.

Another way in which we serve each of our customers is to provide them with pricing that they can afford. Some tattoo shops get greedy and take advantage of the spontaneous wants of their customers, which sometimes overrides their sound financial judgment. At Torture Ink, we do just the opposite. We offer special pricing and incentives to assist those who have wanted a tattoo but have been unable to afford it. We also offer special pricing on our cover up services. Those who have a tattoo that they really want to cover up are provided with affordable pricing so that they can get it done by our extremely talented cover up artists. The reason that we offer this high level of customer service is because we are not driven by greed. We understand that by taking great care of each of our clients, we will see them again and again as they decide to expand their tattoo canvas. We also understand that every tattoo that we place on a body is a walking billboard for Torture Ink. We are proud of the work we do, and we know that our customers are continually being asked where they got their body artwork done. Word of mouth is very valuable to us, and it is by far our best advertising medium.

Torture Ink is involved in community service and activities. We know that by becoming involved in local events, people will remember our name and who we are. We know that by sponsoring events and attending special functions, that people in the community will recognize us as a professional establishment who cares.

Located at 654 Enfield St. in Enfield, CT, Torture Ink is one of the largest tattoo shops in the nation. Unlike the majority of tattoo establishments, we are one of the few in the nation that is accredited by the Better Business Bureau, which really says something.

In addition to tattoos, Torture Ink provides high quality body-piercing services. We use the most medically safe and sanitary methods available, and provide an array of body jewelry to choose from right in the shop. We also offer airbrushing and pin striping services.




A Look at the History and Culture of Tattooing

Ct Tattoo Shop, Torture Ink, has set the bar for other tattoo shops in the region. They have taken the extra steps to assure that they are the premier tattoo establishments in the Northeast. Thousands of very happy customers have walked out of the shop with new body art decorating their exteriors.

Tattoos in Connecticut are a common thing, of course, but they are elsewhere too. Tattoos are applied the world over, and they mean different things to different cultures. For instance, in New Guinea, a swirl of tattoos on a Tofi woman’s face would indicate her family genealogy. Dark scrawls across a Cambodian monk’s chest will tell you his religious beliefs. Any big city gang member will most likely have various tattoos that indicate his or her street affiliation, and perhaps even what crimes he or she has committed, including murder. From Maori chiefs in New Zealand to Japanese mafia lords, tattoos are an expression of identities and lifestyles. Tattoos can communicate to onlookers who the bearer of the markings is, and what position they hold, or what they have done.

In September of 2013 there is a documentary to be aired on the Smithsonian Channel by photographer Chris Rainier. He has spent the last twenty years documenting the culture of the tattoo. He has covered jungles, cities, and deserts. He has visited and documented the hill tribes of the territory of New Guinea, as well as the streets occupied by L.A. street gangs.

What Rainier has concluded is that tattoos are not only embedded in the skin, but also engrained in the minds of humans as a way of expressing identity. He visited the island of Mentawai in Indonesia, and found that the ancient ritual of tattooing is quickly disappearing. Rainier hurries to document this culture before its traditional ways of tattooing become obsolete.

Rainier has also become fascinated with the current tattoo craze in the United States. It is apparent just about anywhere one travels in our nation. While it used to be confined to certain subcultures, tattooing has now gone mainstream. According to a 2006 Pew survey, 40 percent of Americans between the ages of 26 and 40 have been tattooed.
Our modern West’s first documented encounter with tattooing happened in 1769 when a naturalist aboard the British ship, Endeavour, witnesses the Polynesian practice of “tattowing” first hand. This naturalist, Joseph Banks, watched a 12-year-old girl become extensively adorned. “It was done with a large instrument about 2 inches long containing about 30 teeth,” said Banks. “Every stroke…drew blood.” The girl sobbed and fought, but two women held her down, occasionally beating her. It went on for nearly an hour.

Sailors began returning from tours of the South Pacific sporting tattoos of their own, and soon the Europeans looked upon these tattoos as something only obtained by unruly sailors, although they were highly admired in certain circles: in the early 1900s, the future Marchioness of Londonderry tattooed a snake, a star and a coat of arms on her leg, and King George V boasted a Japanese-style dragon.

Today people are getting tattooed for a variety of reasons, and the practice is getting more and more popular with time. No longer are tattooed citizens considered to be outcasts, or rebels. Now many tattoos are simply applied for the beautification of the body.

Ct tattoo shop Torture Ink is proud to be amongst the most revered tattoo establishments in the nation, setting the bar with outstanding artists and equally outstanding customer service. Give us a call and make your appointment today.