Decatur's Kingdom Tattoo recently opened its doors for business in style. The new tattoo parlor hosted a full house to a grand opening celebration featuring a performance by Royal Thunder and delicious bites and beer from Figo Pasta, The Corner Pub, and Wild Heaven. Check out photos from the party here.Tattoo artist and owner, Ryan Weaver also talked with Mixtape Atlanta about his background, the new shop, and the future of the art form.
Tell us a little bit about Kingdom Tattoo and why you decided to open it?
My vision for Kingdom Tattoo is that it would be an aesthetically inviting shop that I could provide top notch tattooing and outstanding customer service. After almost 15 years of tattooing and being married with three little ones, I decided I wanted to be closer to my family- literally. My shop shares a door with my wife's salon, Grow.
How would you describe your tattoo style?
I would describe my style as versatile. I do everything from bold and bright, to fine line black and grey. Small pieces to full back pieces.
What kind of tattoos do you enjoy doing the most?
I typically enjoy classic American and Japanese traditional styles, but have recently- over the past few years- developed a love for black and grey.
What's the strangest tattoo you've ever done?
Ha! When I first started at Timeless Tattoo almost 10 years ago, I did a condiments package of mayonnaise on a guys ribs.
What originally got you into tattooing?
Just a pure love for the tattoo experience. The tattoos I got were the point of it all, but the whole experience itself was just as important. You know, the sounds, the smells, the process and excitement of getting your tattoo drawn up and then the process of getting it.
What should a person ask their tattoo artist before getting one?
Well, really, ask how long have they been tattooing. Ask to see their portfolio. Good clean work is the best way to detect a good tattoo artist.
Where do you see the art of tattooing in 10 or 20 years from now?
Trends come and go, but I think any variation on the traditional styles are going to be strong and black and grey realism will always strong.
What advice would you give to someone interested in being a tattoo artist?
Don't call a shop and ask if they are hiring an apprentice. Spend time and money on the artist you admire most and just maybe an opportunity will present itself.