If you’ve been vacationing on a ranch in Texas, or perhaps writing a doctoral thesis that only permits you to rise from your books for art occasional trip to Andy Market, then maybe you haven’t noticed the recent growth in popularity of body tattoos among young adults.

But it’s a definite trend in McKinney—one that is sometimes hard to ignore. These days, the young woman who dips your ice cream on Elm Street may wear a tattoo on her hand, or the person pouring your morning coffee may have a small unicorn picture on his back.

Or the man running next to you in Green Valley may have a colorful piece of art on his bare chests.

Until about four years ago, the practice of “exotic tattooing” —the name now given to tattooing in places other than the arms and backs —was mostly evident in small neighborhoods, such as the Lincoln District and on Yellow Street. But now, you can notice ink on the arms, legs, backs, lips, and even noses, and cheeks common in many areas of the city, including each district of McKinney.

“It’s about living now, for me,” said Betty Bennett, 22, who works at both Anthony Coffee Company and Doze Imports on Elm Street. Bennett has her both arms inked with anime pictures.

“My mom says it’s about self-afflicted pain and mutilation. At first, I disagreed, but then I changed my mind and agreed because it’s drawing attention to people who are suffering in the world.”

Like Bennett’s mother, many people are baffled by the body tattoos trend. They believe that the fashion can disappear in a few years, but the picture on the body will stay forever.