For Iris Atlanta Senior Creative Michael Keenan, getting tattooed is a way of life. He's been getting inked for 20 years, and about 70% of his body is covered in tattoos. He usually gets tattooed, in some way, about once or twice a month.
"There comes a point . . .when the tattoo itself is the journey," he said. Sometimes "because there's some semblance of a meaning behind it, but mostly it's about collecting pieces that best reflect your taste or your respect for someone else's craft."
Currently, his focus is his torso "from inside my right armpit to below my hip on the left side." He usually gets inked at Live Free Tattoo in Atlanta, by the shop's owner, Jason Kelly. Other artists who have worked on him include Miguel Olascuaga and Brett Pundt, also of Live Free, as well as Ben Thomas of Liberty Tattoo and Charles Chatov of Only You.
See more agency tattoos in the gallery.