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“It was the Chicano population that developed the illustrative fine line style with black & grey shading. This technique was born in the prison system,” says Schwartz. “The Chicanos started something that we take for granted today. They had images that were personal and important to them, such as a portrait of a loved one or lettering declaring which neighborhood they came from. It was the Chicanos that started the idea of client driven custom work in the field of tattoo.” -

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