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Dispelling popular tattoo myths in time for the Baltimore Tattoo Convention

Dispelling popular tattoo myths in time for the Baltimore Tattoo Convention

Tattoos aren't just for outlaws anymore.

Maybe they never were, but for years, popular culture suggested otherwise. Just think of the movies: Robert Mitchum's homicidal preacher in "The Night of the Hunter," with "Love" and "Hate" tattooed on his knuckles; Robert De Niro's vengeance-crazed ex-con in "Cape Fear," his torso covered in soulless ink; or Ralph Fiennes' serial killer, Dolarhyde, in "Red Dragon," his back emblazoned with an elaborate, and clearly demonic, ram's horn motif.

But in an era where everyone from Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie to Keith Urban is sporting tattoos, such image problems are clearly...

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