Open For Business!
Being a justifiably proud papa, I have to brag a bit. My son Tom is artistically gifted. Muchly so. After his long foray into construction, he listened to my lament that artistic skill is a very tough way to make a living, and that if he could wangle a way to leverage it, that would be 1] a miracle and 2] a great way to earn income doing something he likes. Once he discovered that there is decent money to be had in body art, he apprenticed at two shops while his lovely bride left her career at a cellular company to learn the business of piercing, and to keep the later shop’s books. Thus armed, he mustered considerably more courage than I’ve got and just opened his own shop in cahoots with two experienced and extremely talented artists, Nate Bjork and Billy Raike. It’s called Electric Tattoo, and Tom, who humorously refers to himself as a “Epidermal Pigmentation Modification Specialist” built out the leased space himself, on a tight deadline. Nothing like a little pressure, but monthly rents on commercial spaces these days in his area are staggering. They have a Facebook page instead of a website. Now tattoos may not be your thing, and horror subjects seem to be all the rage these days, but you will still be impressed with how distant these guys are from little Navy anchors and hearts. Many examples are amazing. Caution: If you are already wearing at least one tattoo, you may not want to start clicking on links over on Facebook. You’ll start wishing your skin had been better utilized than it now is.