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When asked how many tattoos he had done over the years, Sims shook his head and said he had no idea, then after a pause added: “Thousands and thousands thousands “.

Many days, Sims, who now works at Wolfman Tattoos and Piercings in Princeton, Virginia, said he would get 12 to 17 tattoos a day.

From the 17-year-old rookie to the aspiring entrepreneur he is today, Sims has recognized that the progression of tattooing and its acceptance into society has kept him motivated. At first, he said, many people associated the tattoos with convicts, drugs and troublemakers, but, over the past decade, Sims has said he had tattooed nurses, doctors, lawyers and police. He has tattooed older teens keen to get their first tattoo tattooed because it’s cool for well-advanced people who want to commemorate a special someone, pet, or achievement.

These memorial tattoos often bring hugs and tears when done, Sims said. He likes “the reaction you get when you’re done.”

His passion for the job runs so deep that Sims said, “If I was rich I would do it for free.

Yet the father of three daughters aged 16, 12 and 9 knows the value of a paycheck. He wants to run his own business, which he hopes to name Beauty & the Beast Tattoos and Permanent Makeup.

Laura J. Boyer