FBI Probes Threats into Tattoo School
01:06 PM
It seems the "haters" against Lisa Fasulo's Tattoo Learning Center are doing more than just protesting via online petitions, Facebook pages, and angry YouTube videos.

According to the Daily Gazette, Fasulo claims that she has been getting death threats and the FBI is now looking into it. The article states:  "Rotterdam Police Lt. Jason Murphy characterized the threats as 'open-ended,' with many of them left on Facebook. He said no arrests are forthcoming, but police continue to investigate."

The deluge of hate mail, as many in the tattoo community know, came after the announcement that TLC would air a program featuring Fasulo called "Tattoo School." The Daily Gazette describes the show as a "documentary," but some believe that the program could be a pilot for a further series. [I contacted TLC for more information and my messages were not returned.] But TLC has responded to the backlash, according to the article:

The outrage also prompted TLC to release its own statement defending the program, which is scheduled to air again on Aug. 4. Spokeswoman Joanna Brahim defended the documentary on the learning center and pointed to TLC's history of showing different aspects of the tattoo community in its programing.

"While this method is considered controversial by some tattoo artists, including some on our air, it does exist and we chose to document it," she said in the statement. "People can come to their own conclusions."

It goes without saying that threats of harm don't do any good but peaceful protesting, like  those against the school in San Diego, can have an impact. It all comes down to real education and letting the misguided know that the schools are not the way into a life in tattooing.

Philip Barbosa has created some posters and cards like the one below to further spread the word. They will be available on his BoycottTattooSchools.com soon when it goes live. I'll be posting an update when it does.

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