Business owners launch tattoo studio, art shows in Carmel


Michael Hockman and Matt Carrel found they had similar philosophies in working together for more than two years.

“We like similar things. We like the same kind of art,” Hockman said. “Our ideas of what a tattoo shop should be are very similar, and how we treat clientele are spot-on the same. We’re just trying to bring a new level of tattooing to Carmel.”

On July 29, the co-owners opened Forever Gallery Tattoo, a custom tattoo studio that will feature art shows, in Carmel City Center’s Nash Building, 858 S. Range Line Rd.

“We are running an art gallery in the space and hoping to rotate shows every four to six weeks, so there is always something new on the walls,” Carrel said.

Carrel, 42, a Zionsville resident, and Hockman, 43, a Westfield resident, previously worked together at a Carmel tattoo studio.

Hockman said the idea of combining an art gallery and tattoo studio is a new concept.

“People are going to walk into a tattoo shop who have never walked into a tattoo shop,” Hockman said. “The artwork will be from professional artists. We are going to bring in tattoo artists who are fine-art masters. The show is going to showcase those professionals just like an art gallery would. We are going to dedicate between shows to the Herron School of Art and Design.”

Hockman said they plan to reach out to Carmel, Westfield and Zionsville high schools to see if they have top senior artists who would like to do a show for a week.

The studio is 1,200 square feet. Including the two owners, the studio will have six tattoo artists.

“It’s where our clientele lives, so it’s nice that it’s convenient for them,” Carrel said.

The hours Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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