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Willing canvas or skin flint?
Are you a tattoo artist looking for some eager flesh to practice on? You need to meet Marcos Paiz
Except for the star surrounding his left nipple, Marcos Paiz's torso is a blank canvas. But not for long, he hopes.
In an ad on Craigslist, the North Side man is offering "my skin for . . . your tattoo practice."
Marcos Paiz, 29, loves tattoos. He has posted an ad on Craig's List offering up his skin for tattoo artists to practice on.
"Essentially, I would really love to have my whole torso covered in tattoos," said Paiz, a 29-year-old flight attendant from Lake View. "I think it would be good to have free art work."
Paiz has two tattoos already -- the star and an Egyptian eternal life symbol on his right upper arm.
He said he's been fascinated with tattoos for years, introduced to body art by the duck tattoo his father brought home from the Navy.
He's thinking some "greenery and flowers" down his back would be nice. But he's open to an artist's ideas -- as long as they don't include swastikas, Satanic symbols or "something totally crazy."
And free would be nice, he figures.
Nick Colella would disagree. Colella, manager of Chicago Tattoo Company on West Belmont, sees Paiz's ad as part of a disturbing trend fueling the rise of in-home and back-alley tattoo operations.
"They just buy a tattoo kit, read a book, and they don't know the first thing about cross-contamination or blood-borne pathogens or sterilization," Colella said.
Traditionally, tattoo artists apprentice at shops where they learn not only the art but also how to safely handle blood and needles.
While prices at a reputable tattoo parlor can be steep -- Colella charges $150 an hour for chest work -- he said you're paying not just for the art but also for a safe, professional experience.
"Somebody giving up skin is really somebody who doesn't want to pay for a quality tattoo," he said. "If you don't want to pay for a professional service, then I don't need to practice on you."