Raw Canvas changes focus and concentrates on core product
When you walk into The Raw Canvas you are welcomed by the soft hum of tattoo guns and the smiling faces of resident artists like Robbie Campbell or studio manager Wendy Gill.
Over the past few months, the once gallery and tattoo shop has changed its focus to their main source of business, tattooing. The sole tattoo shop in downtown Grand Junction is located at 507 Main St.
“The artists are what makes us so successful,” Gill said. “Their tattoo work is amazing as well as their dedication to their clients. They have such pride in their work, everyone that walks out should love their tattoo.”
The studio originally opened in 2008 and featured local artists in a gallery, plus five tattoo artists. It has since changed over to having seven tattoo stations and removing the large gallery.
“The tattoo business has grown so much for us,” Gill said. “We want to reach the community to have fun shows and continue that.”
The studio has seen an increase in clientele over the years, spawning the need to expand their offerings with the hiring Greg Heinz. A guest spot is also open for artists traveling the United States to tattoo in the shop. Artists have come from in and out of the country. The next guest artists is set for Oct. 5-8 from Minneapolis, Minn.
“We didn’t want people to wait so long to get in and created more opportunity to get tattooed,” Gill added. “We are lucky we have such great artists.”
Gill estimated around 200 clients visit The Raw Canvas each month between consultations and actual tattoo appointments.
While the numbers are increasing, Gill and Campbell added folks shouldn’t be discouraged to contact the studio to schedule an appointment. The studio is willing to accommodate as much as possible.
“It’s a decision that will affect the rest of your life,” Campbell said. “It’s worth waiting for to get the tattoo.”
Clients are a mix of local and out-of-state, including Charisse Marsh of Tennessee. She was visiting her hometown of Grand Junction and wanted a tattoo from the area and she was able to be accommodated within a 10 day period.
“I have been watching for a few years now and have wanted to get something done from them,” Marsh said.
“Everyone loves to be specialized on tattoo work and to be able to create original pieces for clients, I hope to stay that way,” Gill said. “We love being here and love our clients. We want to be able to move forward as artists, too.”
To learn more about The Raw Canvas, visit http://www.therawcanvas.net.
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