It feels like I haven’t done any packing, and it’s true, I haven’t. Matty, our client and friend, has been working at the shop on Saturdays since January just to help out around the shop, and he’s the one who has packed up my books. If you haven’t been to shop, you can’t appreciate how many hard cover art books I have. As Matty said last Saturday, it’s like a hernia in a box.  Or a house of pain.

I’ll tryt to post again before the move, but with blast-off only two weeks away, I can’t make any promises…  Rest assured, it’ll all be worth it.

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Bust a move!

March 25, 2012

Here’s an all-too rare post from Sue (in the maroon trunks) with commentary from Phuc (in the blue trunks).

Sorry to leave you all hanging on Phuc’s cryptic aside about the shop moving, but things have been a bit busy these last several weeks. Truthfully, Phuc and I both felt that the impending shop move called for a more in-depth blog post, one in which we talk about what, when, where, why, how, and even who (what a string of interrogatives that was!). We’ve put nearly a year’s worth of thought into this move (actually, Sue is only one who has thought about this – I was happy to drink beer and watch her think), and boiling our thinking down into a paragraph or two just seemed daunting (and who wants to consume boiled thoughts for dinner?), so this will likely be one mother of a long post. Consider yourself warned.

 Now make yourself a snack (beer), polish off your spectacles (with beer), and get comfy (with a beer) because we have a lot of ground to cover…

Back in the summer of 2010, when Betsy Too Shy left to pursue her tattoo dream of working with Jason Scott in Portsmouth, we had a baby on the way and felt that the timing just wasn’t right to hire someone new (unless that someone was the baby- she hasn’t worked out as the tattooer I thought she’d be). Phuc’s been the sole tattooer ever since (and I would like to think of myself as the soul tattooer also because of my penchant for the stylings of Motown and hip-hop).

Last fall, when we sat down to have our Tsunami Tattoo annual meeting (yup, we do that), we agreed that it was time to start looking for a new tattooer – or even two new tattooers – to join the Tsunami crew (because I’m not a wolf pack of one). This revelation led to many, many subsequent discussions about how that might work. The main thing we kept coming back to was how to make the best working environment for other tattooers. If you’ve ever visited our shop at 44 Pleasant Street, then you know that while it’s a great space, it’s tiny. It’s perfect for one tattooer, but not so good for two and impossible for three. We kept talking about ways in which we might renovate our space to be more tattooer-friendly (more more-tattooer friendly), without sacrificing any of the customer experience (or sacrificing any customers either).

 As luck – or fate – would have it, one evening after we had been sketching out potential space reconfigurations, Phuc ran into our landlord on the street in front of the shop (I was practicing an interpretative dance routine), and our landlord asked if we might be interested in looking at another shop space, just a block down Pleasant Street (probably because he liked the dance routine). We made a date to check it out the following week, and a few days later, we were signing the lease for 21 Pleasant Street!

 The new shop was a bit of a diamond in the rough (as the realtors would say “a handyman’s dream”) (I thought I heard him say a dreamy man’s hand), but we instantly saw its great potential, and we are super excited about the move, which is on track to happen the third week of April.

We’re just going to drop a few teaser pictures for you to pique your curiosity- I don’t want to say much more than that because I think the shop is best seen and our  verbal descriptions of it would just fall short and be misleading.  I would describe it as an atelier as envisioned by Oscar Wilde on an absinthe bender accompanied by a Buddhist monk and Sailor Jerry.  See?  I told you that it would be confusing.  Just look at the pictures and draw your own conclusions.

 P.S. Much gratitude goes to our client, Amy, who shamed us into finally writing this epic post.

P.P.S.  I’ve got a big ol’ blog post of fresh tatties for you guys in a few days… thanks for bearing with us.