MUSKEGON, MI – Sei Bella Tattoo in Roosevelt Park is reimagining what a tattoo parlor may be from its employees of all-female artists to the design and decor.
Proprietor Chrissy Robison needed to ascertain an area the place folks really feel snug getting a tattoo.
“We created a protected house for folks to come back and get tattooed,” she mentioned. “It feels type of like a yoga studio greater than a tattoo store.”
Twinkling lights and photos of Audrey Hepburn, an actress from Hollywood’s Golden Age, adorn the house-like store with massive home windows and strands of ivy. A backdrop of greenery stands as a photograph wall for newly tattooed clients.
Robison, who has been tattooing for twenty years, seen her shoppers at conventional outlets typically felt nervous and intimidated working with artists.
“I needed folks to really feel snug,” she mentioned about offering a tranquil and protected house. “They’re making a everlasting determination on their physique, so they need to really feel snug to make adjustments, really feel assured that we’ve got their again by way of these adjustments and that we’re not going to be irritated or bothered by these issues.”
Two years in the past, Robison branched out and commenced renting an area at Therapeutic Floor, a therapeutic massage remedy enterprise. She just lately purchased that constructing and launched Sei Bella Tattoo, positioned at 857 W Summit Ave, on July 2.
The previous constructing proprietor, Jodi Ellinger, 61, retired from massaging to work for Sei Bella full time tattooing eyebrows.
A grand opening occasion for Sei Bella Tattoo benefited Each Lady’s Place, a Muskegon County nonprofit that gives assist for survivors of home and sexual violence.
With a employees of eight women tattoo artists in a male-dominated business, Robison hopes everybody feels welcome on the store. Every artist has her personal specialty, like florals, sacred geometry and skinny line work.
Sydney Bernard, who apprenticed with Robison, is a first-year tattoo artist after working as a hair stylist.
“I don’t assume I might have been a tattoo artist if I needed to go a conventional tattoo store. I believe I might haven’t been snug. I might have been intimidated,” she mentioned.
Bernard mentioned the all-female workforce creates a supportive setting.
“All working collectively as ladies, we’re a powerhouse,” she mentioned. “When you could have a gaggle of ladies collectively, it could actually nearly go somehow. I believe that we’re simply that full-on nurturing, comforting household kind of ambiance right here.”
“I wish to empower folks to be taught their very own energy, be taught their very own presents inside and heal with tattooing,” mentioned Robison.
Extra details about Sei Bella Tattoo and its artists may be discovered at seibellatattoos.com.
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