A new tattoo stall is set to open in the West Bromwich indoor market, Kings Square on Saturday 19th march.
Lynq Tattoos, a brand new business founded by Jordan Lyn Kew, is set to open in the next few days.
The 18-year-old, who studied at George Salter Academy before completing the Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design at Sandwell College, has always had the dream of opening his first tattoo shop. Once the Sandwell Council granted permission, it was the first step of fulfilling his ambition.
He said. “I was so excited, it’s a step closer to opening my own shop, I already have a list of bookings and I am keen on making my customers very happy.”
The original opening date was the 1st March but it wasn’t ready to be opened so soon. “We required more time to finish wallpapering and designing the last little bits, I didn’t want customers coming into a half finished stall”.
Nevertheless, as the work is nearly done, the opportunity did not just excite his friends and family.
Jerry Ritchie, who has been working as the Marketing Manager of the Kings Square for 16 years, was quite keen on the proposal. “We have quite a well balanced trade and we continue to look for new traders and services. This will be the first tattoo stall; it looked like an opportunity to increase the range of people coming into the Market.”
Tattooing has been very popular over the last few years, and although it can be painful, in a survey 1 in 3 young adults in the UK are now inked. There are however regulations that need to be followed in order for the procedure to be safe and successful.
At the beginning, Mr Ritchie did have his concerns. “Tattooing has to be done within a safe manner with all safety restrictions in place.” He consulted with colleagues within the Environmental health sector to make sure any issues could be discussed and resolved with the market trader.
“There could be health issues so I had to make sure that future customers will be confident that Lynq Tattoos is safe. I am keen to seeing him do well and making a good success of it.”