Camille Krilanovich pulls up to 1010 Fair Ave. on the Westside of Santa Cruz. Camille walks to the far corner of the shop and checks her irons then takes a seat next to Jason who has sketched an image of a girl on a swing that he wants tattooed on his lower back. This is Chimera Tattoo & Studio & Gallery and Camille is its owner and founder.
Since the 1990s, tattoos have become a mainstream part of Western fashion, and are popular among both sexes. For many, the tattoo has taken on a decidedly different meaning than for previous generations. However this relatively modern phenomenon has been a Eurasian practice since Neolithic times dating from the 5th to 4th millennium B.C. Since then public acceptance of the practice has varied widely. Although today it is, for the most part, accepted and, in some circles, revered. In the 19th century, the Government of Meiji, Japan outlawed tattoos, a prohibition that stood for 70 years before being repealed in 1948.