Brisk tattoo business on Navratri brings cheer to artists

Tattoo-making, which otherwise sees dull business here, has now emerged as the latest craze among the youth participating in the traditional dances during the ongoing Navratri festival.

Vadodara: Tattoo-making, which otherwise sees dull business here, has now emerged as the latest craze among the youth participating in the traditional dances during the ongoing Navratri festival.

Artists in the business, who usually get only a few customers at other times, are cheerful with youngsters queuing outside their parlors to get inked.

"On normal days there are very few customers. But, just prior to Navratri and now the number of customers is around 15-20 in a day. It gets difficult to accommodate everybody," said A Patel, a city-based tattoo-maker.

Artist Ishan Rana is cheerful as customers can be seen queuing at his place to get tattoos on their ankle, wrist, shoulder, waistline and face.

 "I am happy as a large number of girls and boys approach me for tattoos during Navratri," said Rana, who is into the art of tattoo-making for a last couple of years.

"This is the only festival during which the demand for tattoos is huge among youngsters. It gives us an opportunity to earn money in a business which otherwise remains dull," said another artist E D Rajput, who claims to have completed tattoo-making courses in Thailand and London.

Depending upon the pattern and size of the tattoo, the artists charge between Rs 500 to 2000 per design, he said adding, in order to meet the huge demand they have to seek assistance from other artists.

This is the time when artists make good money and there is no dearth of customers despite the tattoo rates being hiked sharply, he added. Youngsters believe getting a tattoo during this festival makes them look attractive.

Amid numerous demands for various styles and designs, some enthusiasts also prefer tattoos matching with their 'chaniya-cholis', the traditional clothing for women, said Bhavna Virupate, a college student.

According to artists, boys usually prefer tattoos with slogans in Sanskrit or pictures of gods.

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