Photos by JONATHAN FOERSTER

  • Sam Buzzacco's tattoo was inspired by the several near-death experiences of family members in the past year. 'I felt like I needed a guardian angel watching my back,' he says.
  • While my tattoo took a mere 20 minutes, Sam's took several hours, including time for a quick smoke break about an hour and a half in.
  • Hooligan Ink occupies a small portion of a block-long building in the heart of Youngstown, Ohio. Once a thriving industrial city rivaling neighbors Pittsburgh and Cleveland, Youngstown has taken the decline of big factories worse than many cities. Its population has dwindled and crime has increased.

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