National Tattoo Day is usually commemorated by adding another piece of art to the collection. This year, we’ll have to get a little creative with how we celebrate! Regardless if you can get a tattoo or not, this day will not go unnoticed! Here’s how to celebrate the day in 2020:
Show Your Support
Since this day will be different than in years past, there are other ways we can honor it. Most tattoo artists have been without work for a few months, so this year will hit hard for them. Let’s spend this day by showing appreciation for our favorite artists in a few different ways:
- Support your local tattoo shop by purchasing merchandise such as t-shirts, mugs, stickers, etc.
- Request a unique piece. Some tattoo artists are making money by commissioning their artwork. Reach out to your artist with a tattoo idea you’ve been thinking about!
- Put down a deposit! Do you have an idea for a piece that you know you’ll get once Shelter-in-place orders are lifted? This will secure your spot once they reopen and will help the artist during this difficult time.
- Show your appreciation by sharing and tagging the artist’s work online. Your followers can check out their work and the artist can gain new clientele!
- Leave a review with your favorite artist to help new clients make the decision when browsing their listing page.
Check Out These Tattoo Artists
Here at Vagaro, we are showing our support and appreciation for tattoo artists by showcasing a few of our favorite tattoo shops on the Vagaro Marketplace. If any of their work stands out to you and your Shelter-in-place orders have been lifted, visit their listing page to book an appointment for some fresh ink!
Chapter One Tattoo in San Diego, California is home to ten passionate artists, each specializing in a unique style. Established in 2011, Chapter One Tattoo is described as a community of artists committed to treating every guest with respect, inventiveness, and exceptional customer service. Their newly renovated parlor is a space for talent, cleanliness, art, and laughter.
Husband, father of two, and owner Cash Scott has been in the industry for 19 years, and he can’t imagine doing anything other than tattooing. He specializes in custom black and grey realism and loves doing portraits. He also enjoys florals, covers ups, and Japanese Traditional work. Here are a few of his favorite pieces completed in his shop:
Each artist at Chapter One Tattoo ranges in style from single needle, American Traditional, Neo Traditional, Sacred Geometry, Polynesian Tribal, Filipino Tribal, Illustrative Realism, and Hyper Realism. Like what you see? Check out their listing page to book an appointment!
The Nova Expansion in Seattle, Washington opened their storefront in February 2020 right before COVID-19 hit the U.S. The parlor is a family of artists geared towards helping the community one tattoo at a time. Just a few blocks away from their tattoo shop is The Nova Expansion Gallery that showcases some of Seattle’s best tattoo artists!
Owner Justin Coppolino has always found himself headed in a creative path of life whether it be in art or music. He took a serious interest in tattooing in 2006 and began an apprenticeship at a tattoo studio near his apartment in Los Angeles, CA. Justin later established roots in Seattle with his wife and daughter. Justin specializes in Neo Traditional mixed with Realism, Japanese, Traditional, Trash Polka, Color, and black and grey tattooing.
The five artists at The Nova Expansion pride themselves in being unique and individualistic. Their styles range from Hand Poked, American Traditional, Neo Traditional, Geometric, Realism, New School, and Watercolor tattooing. Here are a few amazing pieces done at their shop:
See anything that sparks your creativity? Visit their listing page for more photos of their work – we promise you’ll love them!
Breaking Ink Tattoo is located in Hillsboro, Oregon. The shop holds a number of artists that can transfer unique ideas into a tattoo that embodies each customer’s vision. All the artists excel in many different tattoo styles, but each have their own specialty. Whether you are looking for a portrait, small script, bright and bold color, or intricate geometric designs you won’t be disappointed with their creativity and attention to detail!
Owner Nick Salzman enjoys free handing most of the work that he does. He believes this free flow state allows something unique to transpire and leaves the customer with something original and an experience they will remember. He gravitates towards Polynesian Tribal, Sacred Geometry, Mandalas, Paisley, and Dot work styles. Here are some of his favorite pieces:
Not only are they great at intricate linework, Breaking Ink Tattoo was voted as Best Tattoo Studio by Pamplin Media’s Hillsboro’s Best 2019, making them one of the top places to book for your next tattoo.
Getting Inked? Follow Safety Precautions at Your Appointment
If the images above have you feeling inspired and you decide to celebrate National Tattoo Day the traditional way, be sure to discuss with your artist on what to prepare for prior to your appointment. Many shops have implemented new COVID-19 policies. Here are a few tips to keep in mind for a great tattoo experience:
- Arrive to your appointment without any other guests
- Always wear a mask
- Maintain a safe social distance from other customers and tattoo artists during your appointment
- Use hand sanitizer or wash hands for 20 seconds upon entering
- If you suspect you are sick, stay home
We know National Tattoo Day will not be like years past, even if you plan to get a tattoo. There are ways to celebrate, but we just have to be a little creative! Check out Vagaro’s Marketplace to browse tattoo shops near you to find your perfect artist. Remember to consider other ways to support them if you can’t make it to the shop.