West Chester Man One of Many Using Their Tax Returns for New Tattoos

Image of West Chester's Edward Dearinger spending his federal tax return via David Swanson, Philadelphia Inquirer.

Tax season is among the busiest times for tattoo parlors, with many people, including Edward Dearinger of West Chester, spending their returns on new ink, writes Anna Orso for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Dearinger used his recent infusion of cash from his federal tax refund to add an eighth tattoo to his body. His latest addition is atop his right forearm and depicts a hawk perched on a branch at sunset.

“I have so many other things to save up for like a house and paying off student loans,” said Dearinger. “So when you get a big chunk of change once a year, it’s easier to spend this money a little bit more frivolously.”

He is not the only one who feels this way. During tax season, tattoo parlors are like toy stores at Christmas. From January to May, artists are usually slammed with requests from people who have an extra bit of disposable income, courtesy of Uncle Sam.

“Everyone gets really excited around this time of year because we all know it’s the busiest time,” said Ross Phillips, an artist who works at Seven Swords Tattoo in Philadelphia.

Read more about the prime time for tattoo parlors in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.

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