MTV’s “How Far is Tattoo Far?” is a form of recreation show-Maury Povich hybrid. Twosomes, whether or not they’re lovers, associates or frenemies, design significant tattoos for one another — items which might be then drawn on to the opposite’s again, thigh, chest. In the course of the present’s climax, hosts Snooki (of “Jersey Shore”) and Nico Tortorella (“Youthful”) mediate the large reveal, whether or not it’s a wedding proposal or rage-tears.
Significant isn’t at all times an excellent factor.
Travis Ross, an everyday tattooer on the present, is opening a pop-up store quickly at Miller Hill Mall. The Misplaced Cove Co., positioned subsequent door to Kay Jewelers and Motherhood Maternity, opens Jan. 1 with a deliberate “Misplaced Boys” aesthetic and a rotation of visiting artists like Bernadette Macias of CMT’s “Tattoo Titans” and Lemeir Mitchell from VH1’s “Black Ink Crew Compton.”
The store may even carry attire impressed by Los Angeles surf kinds.
“What we wished to do is take the idea of a tattoo conference and make it extra laid again,” mentioned Ross, who’s initially from Minnesota. “We wish to deliver the subculture of tattoos across the nation and world wide.”
Travis Ross, a touring tattoo artist, is creating one other tattoo-based actuality present. (Picture from Go away a Mark Productions)
That is believed to be the primary tattoo store on the 40-plus-year-old mall, for positive the primary with celeb tattoo artists, in keeping with common supervisor Katie Kaz.
“I believe it is a very thrilling and distinctive idea for the mall,” she mentioned. “We have by no means seen something like this earlier than. It is going to deliver loads of new visitors and pleasure to the mall for the month.”
She was approached in regards to the mission by Ross’ enterprise companion, Aaron Larson, who lives within the space and had gotten to know Ross when he was working in Minneapolis.
Ross, 32, mentioned he’s a hip-hop musician-turned tattoo artist who has labored as an unpaid apprentice on Sundown Boulevard who needed to ditch his sailor artwork fashion when he shifted to Venice Seaside. He practiced portrait work for a couple of years, he mentioned, earlier than organising on the boardwalk.
Since then, Ross has executed visitor spots at outlets, hit conventions and traveled. He has been on “How Far is Tattoo Far?” for 2 seasons and mentioned he’s within the course of of making a brand new present that appears at tattoo tradition world wide.
He describes his fashion as “surrealist black and grey,” and portraits with additional elements.
“There’s a lot tradition and spirituality and artwork on the pores and skin,” he mentioned. “It’s fascinating to me.”
He mentioned lots of people have pre-booked appointments for the pop-up. He plans to avoid wasting Saturdays for walk-ins.
Ross is taking store cues from a tattoo store scene within the 1987 film “The Misplaced Boys,” a vampire film starring Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Haim, Corey Feldman and Jami Gertz. He’s selling The Misplaced Cove Co. as a way of life model, not only a tattoo store.
“I’m big into browsing,” he mentioned. “I used to be making an attempt to consider a reputation that gave it mystique.”