INKED: Tattoo artist, BB June, works on Marcus Silva's shoulder cap and half sleeve.

Breaking skin: What’s in store for Asheville’s tattoo industry?

Asheville area artists credit television and social media with driving the industry’s growth, saying the ubiquity of body ink in today’s popular culture has made the practice more socially and professionally acceptable. But while this shift has been a boon for local shop owners, some now wonder whether the market here can really sustain them all.