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In Jezebel‘s report from January 2018, it came to the world’s attention that tattoo artist Alex Boyko was sexually assaulting his customers, and now, thanks to the internet, we’re finding out that he’s somehow still tattooing, either getting guest spots, working out of houses, and (as told by his newest spoof Instagram Account) “Taking appointments in Detroit forever.”
One account from their report was from a 24-year-old named Kate, who shared a play-by-play of her experiences, which resulted in the following:
“One time he tried to put his hand down my pants and grab my vagina, all while I was on his bench. He tried to corner me in the bathroom, said that he wanted to have sex with me and have me suck his dick, and that I’d get a discount if I did it.”
Though this is probably not the first nor last time that a tattoo artist has done something like this, Boyko really racked up the counts, which ultimately resulted in over 100 text screenshots and over 100 women who have come out to make claims against Boyko, from groping to full on rape, according to Jezebel.
Noted by Jezebel, “Boyko did not reply to several emailed requests for comment. His attorney, Jeffrey Perlman, told Jezebel that Boyko denies every allegation, and said the accusations are a ‘marketing scam’ created by a rival tattooer. ” Later, he posted on his primary Instagram (which he has made private and deleted everything from) that he did send dick pictures and made inappropriate comments, but swears he’s “not a rapist or pedophile,” in the screenshots obtained by Jezebel’s staff.
Just posted on Facebook within the last 24 hours was an image of Alex hanging out at Hensville in Toledo, Ohio, date stamped from 4 days ago, but it’s unclear as of right now if Boyko has been tattooing in the area. What is clear, however, is that he may or may not have a guest spot in Los Angeles at the end of the month, as he’s stated on his new Instagram account, @tatsbyko.
Awareness is the most important thing that can be done when it comes to situations like this – and the best case scenario when it comes to this is to research your artists – put them through a Google Search, look for a reputable shop, go to people your friends have gone to before that have a good public repour, and don’t go to strangers houses’ to get tattooed.