Chance for locals to get playful with ink
Karratha’s first tattoo shop, which opened last week, is keen to make its mark on the town with safe, hygienic and goodquality service.
Playful Ink, on Balmoral Road, is part of local franchise Playful Entertainment Pty Ltd. And it’s taken a year for owners Tahlia and Kayne Ferguson to set up.
Mrs Ferguson said the shop would follow strict health regulations, something many community members had called for following bad experiences with home-based operators.
“There are quite a few people doing tattoos from home (in Karratha), and although there’s no law that says you can’t, it’s not council approved. Hygiene is a big problem,” she said.
With Playful Ink tattoo artist Paul Gilchrist possessing more than seven years experience in the industry, Mrs Ferguson urged locals thinking about getting a tattoo to remember “cheap does not equal quality”.
“We’re a local business with overheads and we’re trying to do things properly. Paul’s got the experience, so why wouldn’t you pay for an experienced artist in a clean environment,” she said.
Playful Ink tattoo artist Paul Gilchrist and owners Tahlia Ferguson and Kayne Ferguson outside the new Karratha shop.