A passion for self expression is only skin deep
Even in the previous century, France has been a hotspot and trendsetter in the tattoo and piercings industry. Along with its artsy architecture and well-manicured landscapes comes perhaps the most profound art of all: body art. But how did the tattoos and piercings industry in France come to flourish to what it is today? Here are some interesting facts that prove just how integral this art is to French society.
Marquis the Original: Who is this?
If you need to name ‘names’- Marquis the Original is the premier tattoo and piercing shop based in Lyon. A quick look at their social media accounts would give you an idea about their impressive level of expertise; and no wonder, Marquis has been in the industry for a whopping 25 years and has managed to rack up a group of talented artists from all over the world. We explore his legacy and achievements over the years. Talk about a living legend!
The art of piercing in France: What was its early beginnings like?
Ear piercing has been a global practice since ancient times, with even mummified remains—including the famous Otzi the Iceman—having been discovered to sport them. The practice of ear piercing among European men originated from Spain and spread towards France. Men in the court of Henry III during the 13th century have paraded around pierced ears even back then. Typically done on one ear, it eventually spread to become in vogue even with common-level men. Nipple piercings have also been popular among the demi-monde in Parisian society back in the 1890’s—and it has aptly been referred to as anneaux de sein. We further explore the early years and how it became so popular today.
The SNAT and SPPF: How do they help the industry?
The tattoo and piercing industry in France is no joke. These fields are regulated by different bodies for the safety and satisfaction of customers, professional growth of the artists, and for the continuous flourishing of the industry itself. The SNAT or the Syndicat National des Artistes Tatoueurs is a group of tattoo artists in France. They help safeguard the quality of the tattooing industry by setting forth rules and guidelines to help artists and shops, improve and maintain the level of their craft. The Syndicat des Perceurs Professionnels Francais of SPPF, meanwhile, is a body of professional piercing artists in France. Like the SNAT, the SPPF has a governing charter that outlines a set of rules and standards that uphold the integrity and quality of the piercing industry. A further look gives you the full story likewise.
Fresh faces: Newcomers in the French tattoo industry
The French tattoo industry has unsurprisingly grown a lot in the past couple of years—and to no surprise, since the art is becoming more and more accepted by the middle class. It’s always refreshing to see new faces in the tattoo industry, especially when it’s populated by shops and artists that have been in the field for many years and are already what you can consider iconic. You’re bound to find many more amazing tattoo clubs that have just set up shop in France, especially with the emergence of new trends and updated techniques that elevate the art of tattooing to new and greater heights.