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The canvas alive, the stories thrive at Tattoo Expo

Chris Cartin gets a heart-shaped tattoo from Dave Tatum of Sacred Art Tattoo in Cohoes on his arm of Nicki Raymond's fingerprint, who is holding their 3-month-old daughter Milo Cartin while she waits to get a matching heart-shaped tattoo of Chris' fingerprint, during the Saratoga Tattoo Expo at Saratoga Springs City Center on Sunday, May 5, 2013.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Chris Cartin gets a heart-shaped tattoo from Dave Tatum of Sacred Art Tattoo in Cohoes on his arm of Nicki Raymond's fingerprint, who is holding their 3-month-old daughter Milo Cartin while she waits to get a matching heart-shaped tattoo of Chris' fingerprint, during the Saratoga Tattoo Expo at Saratoga Springs City Center on Sunday, May 5, 2013.
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Zack Nute ignored the high-pitched tattoo machine hum. He thumbed a text message to a friend back in Washington state on his iPhone, totally undisturbed by the needle entering his beefy forearm a dozen times a second. “This guy is the perfect canvas,” said Nick Reinert, the wiry artist behind the machine. “He sits still and his skin doesn’t swell up.” The 19-year-old Navy man grinned, looking up from his iPhone. “It’s starting to get ...

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