I'm about as far as you can get from having any desire to get a tattoo. But by the time I left Atattooed, the idea seemed a bit more rosy to me.
I'm about as far as you can get from having any desire to get a tattoo.
I'm squeamish. I faint at the sight - or, really, thought - of a needle.
But by the time I left Atattooed (how smart of a name is that?), the idea seemed a bit more rosy to me.
It helps that the full-service tattoo and piercing studio is run by a mom, her two kids and a few other staffers who don't take themselves too seriously and clearly get a lot of love from their customers.
Heck, even the ghosts are friendly.
That's right - in addition to the main part of their business, owner Nadine Morris and son Jared Pinkerton are paranormal investigators, and they've noticed plenty of odd happenings and sounds in the studio that can only be attributed to ghosts, including an old lady Pinkerton calls "Gladys."
But there's nothing remotely scary about this Uptown Westerville shop, which is decorated with what Pinkerton deemed a "mellow" mix of wall hangings, with Buddha and Barbie appearing here or there.
"We're not intimidating," said Morris over the buzz of a needle. She's happy to ink a design brought in by a customer or help dream up an idea. Her specialties include covering up an unwanted tattoo as part of a new one and creating wound designs - like vampire bites - that stop people in their tracks.
"They're so gory and gnarly looking, and it's awesome," said Morris' daughter Katie Mathias, who manages the shop.
The options don't stop there: Morris also offers hypnosis to help with goals such as quitting smoking and losing weight, as well as permanent makeup applications, reiki sessions and tarot readings.
But tattooing is clearly her favorite.
"It's the best job on the frickin' planet," Morris said. "I get to put pretty pictures on cool people."