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Comedian Paul Church Shares His Story of Healing Thanks to a Tattoo

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With the help of Pen & Ink by Wendy MacNaughton and Isaac Fitzgerald, we realized that every tattoo—good or bad, funny or tragic—has a story to tell. In our Personal Ink column, we connect you with artists, their tattoos and the unique stories behind them. This month, we’re hearing from comedian Paul Church. Church is a Vermont based comedian and the producer of the podcast, The Other Day with Paul Church, where he interviews his fellow comedians about local food spots. In his own words, here’s the story behind Church’s gingko leaf tattoo: When someone asks me about my tattoo (which is rare as the tattoo sits on my thigh where neither sunlight or the gaze of strangers often reach) the…

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The art of the tattoo: memories that run skin-deep

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When I got my first tattoo, I remember sitting in a shop in the East Village, trying not to shake as the artist traced the pattern on my skin. It was the third time I made her reposition the swallows on my foot, and while I was afraid of being that person, I knew perfect placement was more important than being liked. The buzz of the machine started and the needle hit my skin. It hurt. The only way to describe it is to imagine being stung by electrified bees over and over in the same spot. It should have turned me off to the experience forever, but as anyone with a tattoo knows, once the seal is broken all…

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