The latest licensing photos for Texas cosmological license holders shows a variety of tattoo artists posing with a range of tattoos.
A tattoo artist, Michael Johnson, of Pflugerville, Texas, posted the photo of himself and two other cosmetological licensees posing on their license plates, along with a caption saying, “I was born with a love for the outdoors, and I’m happy to be a cosmetologist.”
Johnson, a tattoo artist in Pfloggerville, was licensed in February and is working to renew his license.
He told The Times that he had received an overwhelming response from his fans, and he had seen more than 2,000 requests for tattoos since the photo was taken.
“I love to see cosmeticians like myself,” Johnson told The Associated Press.
“I’m just really grateful for the fans and the support.”
Cosmetologists, whose licenses cover all facets of cosmetistry including hair and nails, also have tattoos on their licenses, as well as on their arms, chest, shoulders and hands.
Texas cosmetrists also wear tattoos to mark their credentials, including a photo of a sun-scorched Earth and a tattoo of a heart with the word “Loving.”
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has posted more than 500 license photos since its inception in 2005.
A photo of Johnson’s license, taken last week, shows him holding a tattoo with the words, “Tattooing is a form of expression.”
Johnson said he hopes that the photo will help raise awareness about tattoos.
“People are always telling me that cosmetics are just for ladies, and it’s not,” Johnson said.
“But that’s just not true.”
Johnson’s tattoo photo was not the first cosmetician to pose with tattoos.
Cosmetologists have been doing so for more than a decade, and they have grown in popularity.