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Many days, Sims, who now works at Wolfman Tattoos and Piercings in Princeton, Virginia, said he would get 12 to 17 tattoos a day.

From the 17-year-old rookie to the aspiring entrepreneur he is today, Sims has recognized that the progression of tattooing and its acceptance into society has kept him motivated. At first, he said, many people associated the tattoos with convicts, drugs and troublemakers, but, over the past decade, Sims has said he had tattooed nurses, doctors, lawyers and police. He has tattooed older teens keen to get their first tattoo tattooed because it’s cool for well-advanced people who want to commemorate a special someone, pet, or achievement.

These memorial tattoos often bring hugs and tears when done, Sims said. He likes “the reaction you get when you’re done.”

His passion for the job runs so deep that Sims said, “If I was rich I would do it for free.

Yet the father of three daughters aged 16, 12 and 9 knows the value of a paycheck. He wants to run his own business, which he hopes to name Beauty & the Beast Tattoos and Permanent Makeup.

Sims has more than a few supporters. At a recent meeting of the Marion Planning Commission, he presented an online petition on in support of his tattoo parlor which now has just under 600 signatures.