Teens, hippies, professionals - heck, even grandparents sport tattoos and now they all have a new hot spot to get inked. The latest entry in the well-respected Evolved brand has opened a new studio at 1644 North High Street. The Metropreneur.com reports the shop has been open since November 1st and features three tattoo artists and a piercing professional. The ladies - Alana Robbie, Sarah Blinkhorn, Kati Semones and Lindsay Hearts all create fine art works outside their piercing palace and say they want to dismiss stereotypes people have about women working together.
Stereotypes aside, Columbus tattoo aficionados and business development cheerleaders have got to be excited about this new venture. New businesses are popping up all over Columbus, largely due to Mayor Coleman's aggressive campaign to attract businesses to the city and the economic downturn that has prompted many to start their own ventures. The new parlor hopes to create a demand with customers who look for a little less "biker" and a little more art-centric vibe to their ink.
An inclusive, artsy vibe? It sounds counter tattoo, but in reality, most parlors in the shop's area are more likely to see Sarah "Happy Butterfly Tattoo" Smith than Ice Pick "Bad to the Bone" Johnson and maybe even Jack "Ironic Hipster Tribal Tattoo" Hawk.
Count this as a win for Columbus: another soon-to-be-successful small business, advancement of women in a male-dominated industry, more contributors to the Columbus art scene and a nice, friendly place to make a life-long memory that you may or may not regret when your grandkids wonder why you have a tattoo of some guy named Justin Bieber.