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Aaron "Bubba" Irwin of Scottsdale's Old Town Ink on the Difference Between Ink Master and Real-Life Tattooing

Tattoo-based reality shows, such as Ink Master, are relatively polarizing in the world of tattooing. On one hand, they've helped bring the art form into mainstream culture, but at the same time, many tattoo artists believe that the program sets unrealistic expectations for the amount of work and time it takes to complete a single tattoo.

Scottsdale's Aaron "Bubba" Irwin has a notably different viewpoint than most of the Valley's tattooers, as the co-owner of Old Town Ink competed in the fourth season of Ink Master, which aired in the spring of 2014.

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