Tattooists from across the world gathered for the North Lakes Tattoo Festival in Carlisle this weekend.
Amy Dunsmuir went to find out more.
Carlisle City Council has begun a crack down on illegal tattoo artists - some of whom may have been giving tattoos to children.
Council officers have already closed down one studio which was operated from someone's kitchen.
One former unlicenced tattooist is warning that there could be an epidemic of backstreet tattoos as people try to get cut price body art.
Matthew Taylor reports:
A campaign is being launched in the Scottish Borders today to warn people about the dangers of using unlicensed tattoo artists.
Scottish Borders Council, NHS Borders and the Safer Communities Partnership are launching the 'Think twice, tattoo once' at Selkirk High School's Safe T tent.
The aim of the campaign is to encourage anyone thinking of getting a tattoo to do their research and make sure they use a properly licensed tattooist who is inspected by the council's Regulatory Services staff.