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Do you know what the middle-aged professional sitting next to you is packing under their shirt? Chances are it's a tattoo.

7th September, 2014
Tattoo acceptance is at its highest for flowers and butterflies. Picture: Getty

A week or two back, I ran into someone I hadn’t seen since childhood. It was one of those faintly awkward encounters in which you both compliment each other on your extreme youthfulness (“You haven’t changed a bit!” – even though we obviously both had, rather a lot), while simultaneously scanning each other head to toe for any obvious scars/ flaws/incipient obesity.

I listened politely while my old...

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