In the past century, the perception of tattoos has changed dramatically. What was once considered taboo is now embraced with open arms and in this special edition, we explore the mystifying world of tattoos. From fine line portraits to calligraphy-style script and everything in between, this ritualistic art form has gone global and grown to become a billion-dollar industry, where collectors truly get one-off pieces by their favourite artists and the canvas of choice is fresh skin. See first-hand, with stunning pictures and in-depth editorial, why tattoos easily remain the most personal form of art in the world, as the commitment found within the culture is unparalleled with any other medium. If life imitates art, tattooing takes it a step further as life actually becomes art, thanks to those willing to offer up their own bodies to artists for conceptual space. The artists themselves balance both commercial and creative licenses with these muses, as they must serve and satisfy those willing to endure the arduous and often intense tattoo sessions, which can last for hours or encompass multiple sittings. Both artist and customer share a bond in which painful pleasure becomes therapy and passions becomes a progressive form of art-one that will be permanently carried forever.