Being tattooed and traveling has definitely been a mixed bag. I did get quite a few looks being a tattooed Latina (they REALLY had no clue what to do with me) and Shaun got asked it he was a rock star a few times in Central America.
But everything changed when we hit Argentina.
No more looks.
No more gawking.
No more evil eyes.
It was like… we were back at home. We were – dare I say it? – NORMAL.
And, please keep in mind that this is in major metropolitan areas. If you head out to the campo it is whole different experience.
One of our goals during our trip was to get tattooed in Buenos Aires and our time was quickly running out. After scouring the internet for a few weeks we were starting to lose hope. All the online portfolios I had seen were disappointing. Seriously.
And then Shaun found a place. It was supposed to be in this location called Bond Street. A little confused we headed in that direction to Bond Street which was actually on Santa Fe 1670. How that worked – we were about to find out.
A 30 minute walk later (we were cheap asses by this point), we found what we were looking for… and it was a bit odd to say the least.
We had stumbled upon an entire shopping mall for alternative lifestyles.
A little hesitant, we slowly walked in.
So THIS is what Hot Topic would look like for adults.
THREE FLOORS of tattoo shops, head shops, spray paint sales, skateboards, piercing shops, rockabilly and goth boutique stores… I walked into a small bit of heaven.
A little dirty (like the rest of Buenos Aires), this place definitely had character. I had never felt so much like a niche market in my life – and I’m still confused on whether this was a positive or negative thing.
And here we found our place to get tattooed… but more on that on Wednesday…