Hyp­no­tique Ink will host tat­too expo to show artists

The 12-hour event in Wal­dorf will be held at the Cap­i­tal Club­house

The Calvert Recorder - - Business - By CAROL SMITH csmith@somd­news.com

Hyp­no­tique Ink will host the first South­ern Mary­land Tat­too Expo at the Cap­i­tal Club­house in Wal­dorf from 10 a.m. un­til 10 p.m. on Satur­day, Nov. 3. The event will fea­ture tat­too artists and shops from across South­ern Mary­land, Bal­ti­more and Vir­ginia, ven­dors, tat­too com­pe­ti­tions, raf­fles, live mu­sic, chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, food and re­fresh­ments and more.

Hyp­no­tique Ink tat­too shop, on Old Washington Road in Wal­dorf, is the dream of owner Mar­i­lyn Boswell who said she and her hus­band, Brent Boswell, opened the busi­ness in early July.

“I have loved ink all my life,” Mar­i­lyn said. “When we saw this place, as soon as I walked in, I told [Brent] I want it. Within a mat­ter of a week, we be­gan build­ing and we didn’t em­ploy any­one else. My hus­band, my­self and my chil­dren, from the ground up built ev­ery­thing in here. We painted all the walls, made all the decor our­selves.

“The one big­gest thing that we all agreed on is that we’re all a fam­ily in here,” she said. “We work as a fam­ily, we eat as fam­ily, we spend our days to­gether and some days it’s 10-hour, 12-hour days. But, again, it’s a fam­ily. We wouldn’t be any­where with­out our artists. They mean the world to us.

“We have to be able to sup­port one an­other, and with that also comes sup­port­ing our com­mu­nity,” she said. “When we first opened, we did a back-toschool drive for the Chil­dren’s Aid So­ci­ety.”

Hyp­no­tique Ink em­ploys a full-time staff of tat­too artists who Brent said can cre­ate de­signs for cus­tomers that are typ­i­cally worn for memorial, spir­i­tual and sen­ti­men­tal rea­sons, or sim­ply for the love of art.

“They give us an im­age, an idea or some­thing like that, and our artist will draw it up for them,” Brent said.

The Boswells said they look for their up­com­ing tat­too expo to pro­vide a sin­gle venue filled with mu­sic, ven­dors and ac­tiv­i­ties where peo­ple can meet area shops and artists, and learn about the tat­too in­dus­try.

“It’s more or less just try­ing to give back,” Brent said. “Every­body that wants tat­toos, they don’t know who to go to. This way they can walk around and they can see every­body tat­too­ing, or look at their work.”

“This is a chance for every­body around to get to know us and for us to get a chance to know every­body else,” Mar­i­lyn added. “We want to ed­u­cate the com­mu­nity, and we also want to bring the com­mu­nity and the tat­too shops to­gether.”

The event will also fea­ture raf­fles, tat­too com­pe­ti­tions and awards, and will cul­mi­nate with the South­ern Mary­land Mas­ter of Ink com­pe­ti­tion where Mar­i­lyn said par­tic­i­pat­ing artists will each draw a raf­fle ticket, and the at­ten­dees who hold the tick­ets, pro­vided they are present, can re­ceive a two-hour tat­too to be judged in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Mar­i­lyn said that in ad­di­tion to the day’s ac­tiv­i­ties, a toy drive will be held for the Chil­dren’s Aid So­ci­ety of Wal­dorf to help fam­i­lies over the Christ­mas hol­i­day season, and that a portion of pro­ceeds from the expo will be do­nated to Spe­cial Olympics of Mary­land and Last Chance An­i­mal Res­cue.

“There’s no bet­ter way of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity that supports you,” Mar­i­lyn said. “With­out them, you wouldn’t ex­ist.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the South­ern Mary­land Tat­too Expo, go to www. somd­tat­tooexpo. com.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY CAROL SMITH

Brent and Mar­i­lyn Boswell are the own­ers of Hyp­no­tique Ink on Old Washington Road in Wal­dorf.

Above, tat­too artist Sa­man­tha Stine works on a tat­too for cus­tomer Blake Graff of La Plata at Hyp­no­tique Ink in Wal­dorf. Be­low, tat­too artist Christo­pher H. Lane de­signs tat­too art at the Charles County shop.

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