No space for tattoo parlour in CBD
NORRICH Mole is your average Aussie battler trying to make a break into the central business district of Warwick.
After a few months of looking for the perfect space to move her business Piercing Images she has been knocked back countless times.
“It is frustrating, I know I would get a lot more business down town,” she said from her studio at home on King Street.
“A lot of people don’t realise I am here or think it’s just a backyard job but I am all registered and legal.”
Mrs Mole said with all the knock-backs she had received she believed it was due to it being a tattoo shop.
She said it had made life difficult, trying to become established in a more prominent position.
“I have done a lot of training, even a three-month piercing course. I wouldn’t just do a three-day one like most others,” she said.
“I just want to run a business; I am not a biker or anything.”
Mrs Mole thought people still had misconceptions about tattoo shops and still saw the old style shop, which she said she was far away from.
“I am extremely sterile and hygienic – the image is changing now,” she said.
She said she has had plenty of clients who were in their 60s coming in to get a tattoo for the first time and some attitudes have changed.
One of her regular customers, Sid Webb, has had three tattoos at Mrs Mole’s studio and the rest of his family followed, all having work done too.
“I have nothing but praise for her (Mrs Mole) – I make my own mind up about people, I went there once and went back another two times,” he said.
Mrs Mole has 10 years experience and has been registered as a business for seven years after she converted the backyard shed into an efficient studio.
“We don’t run the old-style tattoo parlour and I know my husband would like his shed back.”