Chance for lo­cals to get play­ful with ink

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Play­ful Ink tat­too artist Paul Gilchrist and own­ers Tahlia Fer­gu­son and Kayne Fer­gu­son out­side the new Kar­ratha shop.

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