I just saw an article on the news about a tattoo shop in Camden, in Sydney's southwest, that has just been attacked for the 3rd time since it opened in November.
Yeah November 2007.
Yes, that's only 5 months ago.
It has been reported that the fires and the truck through the shop front early this mornign are the work of a biker gang, who think True Blue are going to take away business form them.
What a crock. If you're a good tattooist, in a shop with a good rep, then you have NO worries about losing business, but if you end up fucking up, that COULD cost you business.
A similar thing happened to my tattiooist's old boss, his shop was trashed about 5 years ago, in what is rumoured to be an attack by a biker gang as well. Maybe the people who are doing the trashing should find BETTER tattooists to work for them then eh? And give them good working conditions and THEN they they might not feel so threatened by people who can actually tattoo well huh?
Really, The only reason people won't go to a tattoo shop is if the artists suck, the shop is filthy, or the owners try to intimidate people.
There is more than enough customers for every tattoo shop in Australia, even if there are more than one in every town, suburb, city whatever.
Michelle Smith and Rob Medley have my support in rebuilding their shop for the third time, and I think anyone else who is involved in the industry should support them as well, whether it be getting or giving tattoos, have your say, or if you live near Camden drop by and tell them you support them. It's fucking disgusting that a young family who go through proper channels to get a tattoo shop opened, have to fight tooth and nail to stay open, in their first 6 months of business.
The shop is located at:
True Blue Tattooing
Shop13/ 1 Murray St
And here is an article from the Camden Gazette today:
Tattoo parlour attacked again
Police are investigating another attack on True Blue Tattooing in Murray Street.
Witnesses called the police at 2am this morning after a truck was rammed through the front roller door of the tattoo parlour.
The truck's tray was alight.
A crime scene has been set up by police.
It was the fourth attack on the parlour since it opened in November.
Anyone with any information should call Camden police on 4655 0599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000