LIMA — St. Marys native Brandon Kinser is bringing his Warhawk Tattoo Company to Lima.
Friday’s opening of the studio was a result of a collaboration between Kinser and other experienced tattoo artists. Kinser opened his first Warhawk tattoo location in St. Marys 10 years ago.
“We are the Louis Vuitton of what we do,” Kinser said.
Kinser believes that this means Kinser working with experienced artists. Many of these artists travel internationally.
And no “junk” for piercings.
“People don’t realize the junk material they’re putting in their body is why their piercings aren’t healing up,” he said. “It’s not the piercer. It’s 1,000% the jewelry.”
Kinser instead said that he prefers high-quality metals such as surgical titanium and golden, which will help him stand out from his competitors in Lima.
Kinser moved to Lima from St. Marys, where he was outgrowing his tattoo studio. He will be continuing with the tattooing via appointment.
He has traveled across the country, visiting studios, painting murals and tattooing — a freedom he likes to give his artists.
Kinser often counts first responders, law enforcement, nurses and physicians as his clients, and considers his studio “second to none,” he said.
“When we get a client, it’s a client for life,” Kinser said. “They don’t go nowhere else.”