BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The pandemic has proven to be an inspiration for those getting tattoos now that businesses have reopened. Artists have seen an uptick in COVID-19 related artwork.
Jason Zube is the owner of the Boston Tattoo Company. He told WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas that doctors from the bubonic plague have been requested more recently.
"Plague doctors were ambassadors from the Vatican that were sent out by the Pope during the plague," Zube said. "Their masks, their beaks, were actually filled with rags and herbs soaked in various things that were thought to prevent the spread of disease."
Although it has been a popular tattoo option for years, Zube said it's associated with current events.
"Since it's such a world event, I think people are commemorating it with the plague doctor, to say that maybe like, they tell their grandkids that they lived through the big plague of 2020," Zube said.
At least at their Medford location, there have not been any tattoo requests for masks or the actual virus structure, yet.
WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports