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A Tragedy in the Tattoo Parlor (NY Times)

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The story of Freddy Negrete and his sons.



Now that pop stars routinely fly their favorite ink masters around the world for personal appointments and stockbrokers plunk down thousands of dollars to get the Wall Street bull etched on their arms, it can be easy to forget the days when tattoos were still considered outlaw art. 

Freddy Negrete learned the craft in the early 1970s while serving a stint at California Youth Authority, a state prison for juvenile offenders. He had been involved in a shooting and later did time for heroin possession and burglaries. 



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