Picks and Pans Review: The Miami Ink Tattoo Artists

UPDATED 02/27/2006 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 02/27/2006 at 01:00 AM EST

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What's the deal with celebrities and tattoos? Three of the tattoo artists from TLC's Miami Ink—Chris Garver, Chris Nuñez and Ami James—chat with PEOPLE about the increasingly popular trend.

IS MIMICKING CELEBRITY TATTOOS BIG THESE DAYS?

Garver: There are a lot of girls that want to copy Angelina Jolie's tattoos—she's got a dragon on her shoulder.

Nuñez: Nicole Richie has a rosary around her ankle now, and women pour in for the same tattoo.

WHICH STARS STARTED THE TATTOO TREND?

Garver: Janis Joplin was probably the first rocker woman to have a tattoo. She had little charm tattoos. Music is what drew me to tattoos.

James: Ozzy Osbourne is one of the kings. The reason I got my demon on my chest was because of him. When I saw Ozzy's, I wanted one.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU GIVE PEOPLE BEFORE THEY GO UNDER THE NEEDLE?

James: Just think a lot about what you are going to get. It's very important to put a lot of thought and effort into it.

Garver: Don't get a girlfriend's name because that might not last forever. Even a wife's name could be dangerous. Marriages don't last forever these days. I've turned ex-wife portraits into zombies.

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