As the needles buzzed, Lawton said reality television shows like “Miami Ink” have created positive images for tattoo artists and their studios. He’s not as crazy about follow-up shows like “New York Ink,” which he said portrays tattoo artists more like rock stars.
“That’s really not how we live,” he said. “Most of us have kids and wives. We love tattooing, but we’re trying to create a future for our families.”