For roughly three years, Wade Byrd frolicked on the couches of varied tattoo outlets within the Flathead Valley, watching his mentors carefully as they designed and labored on purchasers, creating everlasting works of physique artwork with ink.
After a lot persistence and dedication, Byrd lastly earned a spot within the unorthodox apprenticeship program of the tattoo trade, shortly progressing to open his personal store, Artifaction Tattoo Studio, in Kalispell in 2017.
“I bear in mind I awoke sooner or later in my apprenticeship and realized, ‘I’ve tattooed day-after-day for six months straight,’” Byrd mentioned.
Byrd’s downtown outlets provides a bigger storefront and a greater location that may accommodate a really perfect variety of staff, however Byrd says he had a tough time discovering an area earlier than securing the Second Avenue East spot, with many landlords who wouldn’t permit a tattoo store.
“I knew I wished to get again to an even bigger downtown location,” he mentioned. “And decide up the place my dream left off.”
Byrd at the moment has an artist and an apprentice working on the store, Emilio Crispin and Emily Messerschmidt. Byrd recruited Messerschmidt over the summer time whereas she was visiting from the East Coast and calls her a “title to recollect,” as she shortly progresses.
A 3rd artist, Mike Woods, can be on the way in which as he relocates from Texas. Woods was a visitor artist at Byrd’s store earlier this month, and shortly afterward he determined to go away his 10-artist store in Austin to work for Byrd.
Byrd says his background in bartending and building work helped form his work ethic for his tattoo artist profession, and his dedication has helped him progress.
“I by no means took something with no consideration,” Byrd mentioned. “I used to be at all times the toughest employee within the room and I can’t let anybody work more durable than me.
For extra data, go to www.artifactiontattoo.com or look Byrd up on Instagram.