Any time a country or region imposes any sort of visa stipulation - even if it’s a waiver - the travel industry sighs a collective groan, knowing the obstacles and headaches to come.
PLANTATION, FL — Tattooing takes skill, laser focus and absolute precision. So it makes total sense for a tattoo parlour to open up on a moving, swaying cruise ship.
Leave it to trailblazer Virgin Voyages to debut a one-of-a-kind tattoo studio aboard its first ship, Scarlet Lady, set to debut in 2020. Dubbed ‘Squid Ink’, the studio is a joint venture with ink industry legends World Famous Tattoo Ink, and will feature two full-time resident tattoo artists handpicked by ink industry legend Lou Rubino Jr.
“Tattooing is a time-honoured seafaring tradition, and we’re continuing that legacy with rock and roll style by bringing some of the best ink artists to sea,” said Tom McAlpin, president and chief executive officer for Virgin Voyages. “Our sailors are looking to make lifelong memories, and we think there’s no better way to commemorate their first voyage with us than with a souvenir they’ll never lose track of.”
When the Scarlet Lady sets sail, Squid Ink will also feature a star-studded lineup of guest artists, including the tattoo industry’s most sought-after trendsetters and celebrity artists. While details are still to come, Spike TV’s Ink Master star Sarah Miller, surrealist specialist artist Arlo DiCristina and illustrative specialist Jime Litwalk have already committed to onboard appearances.
All Squid Ink tattoos will be created with World Famous Tattoo Ink original vegan ink, which is globally recognized to exceed safety standards with no animal by-products or testing. In addition to tattoos, Squid Ink will also offer body piercings and permanent makeup treatments using vegan-friendly Perma Blend pigments.
Virgin Voyages will encourage its crew members to also express themselves freely through tattoos if they wish. In a unique move for the cruise industry, the company has indicated that the hiring of shipboard candidates with visible tattoos is a-okay.
So tell us, will you be willing to get a tattoo at sea?