A Kelowna-born tattoo artist has introduced his abilities again residence to assist open up the town’s newest store, Pitch Black Tattoo, situated within the coronary heart of Rutland.
Matt Tyefisher’s journey to changing into a full-time artist began as a baby dwelling in Rutland, drawing roses and daggers on his family and friends for enjoyable. His household would later transfer to Edmonton the place he received his first tattoo, a Misfits cranium, inked by a buddy in his highschool cafeteria.
However whereas the love for the artwork was at all times there, Tyefisher stated he by no means noticed it as a chance to make tattooing a full-time job. After commencement he took on many roles, together with a welder in addition to getting into into the world of aviation, following within the footsteps of his father who flew helicopters for the RCMP.
It might later be Edmonton’s punk rock neighborhood that may lead him again to his inventive roots.
“Getting tattooed, I by no means actually realized you possibly can do that for a dwelling,” stated Tyefisher.
“It was such as you went all the way down to the native wizard, received your tattoo, and you then left. It simply didn’t seem to be a chance till it form of fell into place being part of the punk rock neighborhood (in Edmonton). It simply form of advanced into this. I’m tremendous fortunate to be doing this.”
Tyefisher put his craft into observe for seven years whereas in Edmonton earlier than he had sufficient of the chilly and set his sights on Kelowna. He and fellow tattoo artist Romance Wilson selected Rutland as the 2 noticed a necessity for a store exterior the downtown Kelowna space.
In July, the 2 opened up Pitch Black Tattoo, however not with out challenges. As for opening the store, it was a mad sprint. With neither Tyefisher nor Wilson making any cash the store needed to open as quick as potential. The 2 shortly dressed the store with their very own paintings, arrange their gear and started working.
They received the keys to the constructing on June 1, and by June 18 they have been already taking appointments. July 1 was the official grand opening of the store.
“And, right here we’re, within the hood, doing our factor,” he stated. “I grew up in Rutland so this can be a homecoming for me.”
When it comes to the store’s really feel, Tyefisher stated he likes to maintain issues gentle and welcome.
“Man, it’s simply two homies hanging out, doing our factor — simply doing tats. We’ve received rad shoppers; a rad ambiance. It’s been tight,” he stated.
“We have been similar to, ‘we’d like a field that individuals really feel comfy in.’ Folks can come and just about simply chill. You’re hanging out with us, so we simply needed vibe on the store.”
Opening up throughout a pandemic was one other problem the 2 confronted. With strict protocols carried out by the federal authorities, the 2 made positive they have been ready, retaining six ft between tables and constantly cleansing. Though Tyefisheer stated Pitch Black Prides itself on being clear and sanitary no matter if there was a pandemic or not.
“It’s the identical regular stuff. Tattooing as a complete lately is a extremely sanitary observe as it’s. Every little thing is sanitized. So, it’s simply the common precautions. Should you’re sick, don’t are available in. Wash your palms extra typically. It’s retaining all the things clear and folks secure.”
Pitch Black Tattoo is situated at 213 Rutland Highway North in Kelowna.
Reporter, Kelowna Capital Information