Michael Pinto on the changing tattoo industry, respecting the art form and teaching the craft

When Michael Pinto opened Thick as Thieves Tattoo in 2004, he wanted to create a place for people like him. A self-proclaimed misfit, Pinto has been immersed in the lifestyle since he was a teenager, and has been tattooing professionally for fifteen years now. Westword recently caught up Pinto, who shared his thoughts on the changing industry, preserving respect for the art form and teaching the craft to an apprentice.

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