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Tattooing bursts through the color barrier

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Tattoo artist Roni Zulu. He said he encountered racial bias against dark-skinned clients and artists in the tattooing community. His work embellishes the skin of Janet Jackson, Dennis Rodman and Christina Aguilera, among other celebrities. (Liz Huston/Courtesy Zulu Tattoo)


Tattoo artist Miya Bailey said his black clients have grown bolder over the years. Many of them get the full length of their arms tattooed. (Duwayno Robertson/Courtesy Miya Bailey)

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Thanks to reality TV shows and sports celebs, body art is showing up on skin of all colors. Blacks with tattoos, however, sometimes get dissed for trying to be "too white."