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So what do the artists at Tattoo Nation think of the complaints from the purists?

"I don't really care," Tattoo Nation artist Matt Montleon said. "I come to work and I do tattoos. I deal with my clients just like I would at any other shop."

And there were other considerations.

"I have a wife and kid and I need the health insurance," he said. "The opportunity came up, I took it. I like it."

Tattoo Nation's artists get benefits and vacations, something that's virtually unheard of in the mostly cash, mostly freelance world of tattoo parlors.

But Freeman doesn't care about that. She cares about her Celtic thistle.

"It's beautiful!" she told artist Dan Castellano, after seeing the finished results. "You totally nailed it right on the head."

And when it was all said and done and paid for, where was Freeman heading next?

"Bloomingdales," she said, laughing. "And we're gonna go to Lord and Taylor's."

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