According to an Irish Examiner news article in 2019 “When they arrived in Europe – relatively late on – the rich paid for the odd discrete tattoo; in Victorian times an Irish American revolutionized how they were made. Once you only saw sailors with them; now they’re all the rage”.
Ballymun seems to have joined the craze with an inordinate amount of people of all ages and sexes in the ‘Mun’ sporting body art.
Ballymun Communications resident photographer Susan O’Toole has set out to capture some of Ballymun’s ink. This will take the form of an exhibition of twenty photographs and hopefully a local tattoo artist who will leave his mark on a visiting public.