Tattoo artists Freddy Negrete and Chuey Quintanar chronicle the evolution of the popular black and grey realism tattoo style in an interview with NPR Code Switch journalist Shereen Marisol Meraji that aired on NPR’s Morning Edition today (April 12).

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In the segment, Negrete, who has inked Hollywood stars and consulted on films, explained that he spent time in various penal institutions In those settings, where he first learned his craft, men tattooed each other with materials like burnt baby oil, which could only be diluted into black and grey shades.

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