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Does Milwaukee have too many tattoo shops?

Published May 10, 2014

When tattooing was legalized in Milwaukee in 1998, a handful of shops opened. Today, there are 53. Is this too many? Local shop owners weigh in.

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Celebrating Milwaukee's own Rembrandt of the rind

Published July 23, 2013

Since July 3, a small corner of the contemporary galleries at Milwaukee Art Museum have been home to "Tattoo: Flash Art of Amund Dietzel." And with walls covered in the kind of catalog-of-wares one sees posted in tattoo parlors around the globe, this section of the museum has become not only a tribute, but something of a recreation of the Milwaukee tattoo joints Dietzel ran for half the 20th century.

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Tattooer pens chronicle of Milwaukee's ink pioneer

Published Jan. 26, 2011

Shipwrecked sailor, traveling carnival freak, family man, gentleman entrepreneur and above all a pioneering master tattooer; Amund Dietzel lived a life as colorful as any of his designs.

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Booze and tattoos: A big, bad combo

Published Feb. 5, 2008

In preparation for the ink needle, some people might decide to have a drink -- or four – to gain liquid courage, but most tattoo artists don’t recommend it.