Sunday October 3, 2010

Congrats to Nicole who won a $50 Tattoo Gift Certificate for Submitting a Testimonial!

The winner of the September Testimonial Raffle and a $50 tattoo gift certificate was Nicole who submitted this lovely testimonial to us.

"My tattoo was done by Jon VonGlahn from Kelly Doty's flash at your Gulf clean up fundraiser. The first time I got a tattoo was over 20 years ago when it was illegal in MA. My partner and I went to RI, drank some aweful wine coolers before walking into a random tattoo shop. I had no idea what I was walking in to nor did I do any research about tattoos. Needless to say I got a run of the mill tattoo and the artist enjoyed showing me the most sensative place he'd recieved a tattoo. Times have changed.

I'm older, wiser and with the same wonderful life partner. This time she did not want a tattoo so I went solo. I had the image I wanted and had been slowly looking into artisits when I literally stumbled upon the article in paper about your fundraiser. I studied your website and artisits. There was no doubt in my mind this was the right place, the right time and the right reason to get a tattoo. It just clicked. I was so excited that I awoke at 5:30 am August 8th. I got to your shop very early and totally lucked out because I was first in line and Jon was the first artist up. He was my first choice and funny enough, Kelly was in my top three artists I wanted to tattoo my body.
As a nurse, I was aware of how clean your shop is and Jon's aseptic technique. The atmosphere was electric with a collective consciousness of all the participants coming together for a worthy cause. I was also struck by the comradery and genuine repsect by the artisits for one another's work and the art of tattoo. Brian is such a great embassedor of good will and very knowledgable about the tattoo business. He made me feel welcome and safe.
The entire experience was a keystone event in my live. It shifted my awareness. I work very hard doing and caring for others. Typical mother, nurse, and "wife" behavior of a middle aged middle American. But since getting my tattoo I have been doing things for myself. Healthy things like regular exercise and buying new clothes that flatter my body shape. I feel sexier too. I love my tattoo for its' beauty and for what is has done for my self esteem. I want to show it to the world but that's hard to do because it in next to my left breast. In hindsight, this is true my my nature.  I am a behind the scenes kind of gal who occationally likes the spot light. 
Thank you for setting this event in motion. I am thrilled to have been caught up in it because it has made me a better person to myself. Sincerely, Nicole"

All she did was submit a testimonial to us about her experience at our tattoo shop! If you missed our Gulf Coast Event Nicole was referring to, you can check out all the pictures here. Thanks again to everyone who sent in testimonials in September and we look forward to hearing what everyone has to say in October! Also we will be holding our first ever Video Testimonial Day on October 21, from 6-8pm right before our Tattoo Appreciation Party. Stay tuned in the next few days for further details!

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