ANN ARBOR, MI — A tattoo studio that includes a “Victorian goth secret society” setting plans to open later this 12 months in Ann Arbor.
Fortunate Monkey Tattoo is increasing with the brand new Fortunate Monkey Ritual studio, 3012 Packard St. The brand new 2,200-square-foot house is a “high-end tattoo gallery” that includes non-public stations, an artwork gallery, public occasions for artists and performances and a secret society really feel, Proprietor Dana Forrester stated, including that public occasions at present are on maintain as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
“Folks will probably be buzzed in. It should have a vibe of a secret society,” Forrester stated.
Forrester runs two different studios, Fortunate Monkey Tattoo, 3024 Packard St., and Beautiful Monkey Tattoo and Piercing, 9541 Predominant St. in Whitmore Lake.
The brand new studio will embrace 5 tattoo artists, piercing and microblading providers. Forrester expects to have it absolutely renovated and working by late November or early December, pending approval of the architectural designs course of by means of the town.
Forrester closed her tattoo retailers in March, attributable to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s state-ordered closures of non-essential providers, and reopened in August.
“When COVID hit, my first thought was ‘who’s going to get tattoos?’” Forrester stated. “We’ve been having report enterprise. I’m questioning if its as a result of its one of many few issues individuals can do recreationally or reclaiming their our bodies on this time of uncertainty. It actually took us without warning. I get an electronic mail each half an hour from someone who needs to get a tattoo.”
Forrester’s Ann Arbor studio is just a few shops down from the brand new location however prospects will nonetheless have the ability to select their artists on the principle Lucky Monkey website. She additionally employed artists from Genuine Artwork Tattoo, which closed in August, in keeping with a social media publish.
“We’re actual grateful that folks wish to get tattooed throughout this time,” Forrester stated.