My sister and nephew drove up from Birmingham on Sunday, the day before the eclipse, and out of pure curiosity we went downtown. The place was crawling with tourists. The Great American Eclipse website had estimated that as many as 7.4 million Americans would be traveling somewhere to witness the event, and this is the largest city in the path of totality. It seemed like a lot of them were already here.
At Pride and Glory Tattoo on 2nd Ave., I found two customers getting the finishing touches on eclipse-themed tattoos that the shop hadn’t exactly prepared for. Ethan Lynn, the guy behind the counter said: “An eclipse is not really a big deal in tattoo world. At all.” (more...)