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Total loan: $10,000
Pittsburgh, PA, United States / Arts
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A loan helped a growing woman-owned tattoo shop founded on the principles of positivity, equality, and respect to relocate to a larger, permanent space.
I was interested in tattooing since I was 8 years old or so. The concept of wearing art, permanently on the skin, has always fascinated me. I started drawing up and down my arms as well as my friends arms at an early age. Later, after graduating from Penn State University, I begun to work my way up into tattooing. My mother and father are both successful small business owners. I learned strong work ethics from watching them work to support us. Due to that strong work ethic, I did not give up on completing an apprenticeship throughout the good and bad times. In 10 years I went from cleaning the shop floors to opening my own tattoo shop. In those years I gained a lot of the shop management skills that benefit PMA Tattoo daily. I have also worked with many different tattoo artists, learning a variety of techniques and tattoo styles. It has been a wild, wonderful and difficult struggle to this point. I wanted to create a space that fostered healthier artist growth, more positive client relationships as well as a more open and friendly community interaction. I am grateful for what tattooing has taught me about art and about myself. I hope to continue growing as an artist and entrepreneur given this opportunity to acquire to expand with a more permanent work space.