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Horrifying maps reveal Australian suburbs worst hit by the coronavirus

Horrifying maps reveal Australian suburbs worst hit by the coronavirus

Foreign backpackers have been ignoring strict coronavirus self-isolation orders, stepping off their international flights and rushing out to get tattoos.

Local customers also flocked to tattoo studios on the last night they could get themselves inked in Australia but few wanted a permanent reminder of COVID-19.

All tattoo parlours were forced to cease trading at midnight on Thursday under the same health regulations that shut down businesses including tanning, waxing and nail salons.

Quarantine has been one theme of COVID-19 tattoos.

Despite warnings to international visitors that they must self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in Australia, backpackers have been reported to be going straight from the airport to get a tattoo 

Rather than being inundated with new patrons, some studios reported a surge in regular clients, many of whom wanted to complete half-finished jobs.

Most last-minute customers were not asking for Corona bottles or other COVID-19 mementos but Instagram is already filled with tattoos featuring those themes.

Owners had no idea when they would be able to reopen, with workers at one studio considering whether they should donate its medical supplies to a hospital. 

Vic Market Tattoo Shop in Melbourne’s CBD, which has seven artists including Wade Johnston, closed on Monday ahead of the ban.

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Toilet paper rolls appear regularly in coronavirus tattoos.

Local tattooist said most of their customers on the last legal day of trading did not want a reminder of the deadly virus 

‘The main issue that we all ran into was new tourists wanting to get tattooed,’ Mr Johnston said.

‘We had at least five separate cases of backpackers who had just gotten off international flights wanting to get tattooed, obviously ignoring self-isolation guidelines.

All foreign nationals who arrived in Australia before 9pm last Friday have been ordered to self-isolate for 14 days.

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Coronavirus tattoos have been appearing since the outbreak of the disease became global news.

 Corona beer bottles have been a popular COVID-19

After that time only Australian citizens, residents and immediate families have been allowed to enter the country.

Like other studio operators Mr Johnston said the Australian tattoo industry was already highly regulated and followed safe cross-contamination practices.

‘So I’d say the industry, as a whole, takes this pretty seriously.’


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This studio had tourists wanting tattoos when they should be in quarantine. ‘We had at least five separate cases of backpackers who had just gotten off international flights wanting to get tattooed, obviously ignoring self isolation guidelines,’ artist Wade Johnston said

Jamie Kirchen, who owns Hunter and Fox Tattoo at Beaconsfield in Sydney’s inner southern suburbs, said he faced Wednesday night with a ‘heavy heart’.

‘I didn’t get home to my family until 1.30am as I live on the south coast and chose to tattoo until I could,’ Mr Kirchen said.

‘All our artists managed to stay until cut-off time last night, fitting in our loyal customers before we had to close the doors.’


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Surviving the deadly COVID-19 threat crops up in coronavirus tattoos (left).

Another tattoo shows the virus as the sun behind a palm tree above the word ‘coronafornia’ (right)

Mr Kirchen, who had been tattooing for 11 years, was grateful to his staff for ‘sticking tight and smashing out two days worth of work in one.’

‘This is our livelihood.

I have kids to feed and a mortgage to pay, without work this will be tricky so it was a bittersweet night.

‘It was great to see our clients flocking in to get their appointments met before we shut down but a sickening feeling for the unknown.

‘Our adrenaline was pumping the whole time, posting on social media to get clients in before 12am – emails, phone calls – but at the same time trying to limit crowds by adhering to one person per every four square metres.’