One author explores tattoo culture in Athens

With five weeks left in the semester, the Athens Unearthed team is hard at work developing its stories. Author Kierra Cotton has chosen to examine the tattoo culture in Athens and the competition these local shops face.

She has started by taking a look at the number of tattoo establishments that are in the vicinity of Ohio University. Her current tally is up to six shops all within the Athens City limits. From there, she has created a map of their locations to help illustrate the level of competition in the area.

In addition to the creation of the interactive map, Kierra has also begun to initiate a conversation on social media. Currently, she is attempting to target temporary Athens residents who have received tattoos within the city of Athens and why they chose local shops versus ones in their hometowns.

If you’re interested in learning more about the tattooing culture in Athens, be sure to follow Kierra’s stories. And if you have any interesting Athens tattoo tales leave a comment below or tweet us @ATNUnearthed and share your stories with us, we’d love to hear them!

Also, be sure to stay tuned to Athens Unearthed to see how the other author’s stories continue to develop throughout the end of the semester.

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Taylor Alexander
Taylor is journalism student passionate about storytelling.

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