When Carmel Tattoo Ink opened in the Arts & Design District about four years ago, some people said, “Can you believe Carmel has a tattoo shop in its downtown?”
Now, a second tattoo shop has opened less than a mile away.
Jay Schuler left his job as a tattoo artist at Carmel Tattoo Ink to open his own business with longtime friend Neil Foster. They each have more than 25 years of experience creating tattoos.
Their shop is called Indiana Tattoo Company and it opened June 7 at 1077 S. Range Line Road in the Shoshone Place shopping center.
Schuler was new to Carmel when he started at his former employer. But he said he came to love the area and that he decided to stay because he built up a strong clientele base. Once he saved enough money, he decided to pursue his dream of opening his own place.
“It’s just time,” he said. “When you’ve been tattooing as long as me, you don’t need for work for someone else.”
Foster comes from Alabama where he owned his own shop for 18 years.
These artists say they can do any style of tattoo that people want. Their goal is to create a welcoming, clean business with wide open space and appropriate lighting so everyone knows how they value a sanitary atmosphere.
The shop is open from noon to 9 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.
For more information call 993-3526.