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Sunday Funday at the shop! Another session on Laura’s Buffy the Vampire sleeve original artwork by Apricot Mantle. @llove0092 @apricotmantle #skinillustrations #tattooshop #ericbacklund #tattoos #workinprogress #legsleeve #buffy #buffythevampireslayer #njtattooshop #njtattoos #comegettattooedsoon #apricotmantle

So it seems my life has recently taken a dramatic turn. Last month my husband got a phone call saying that his boss was being evicted from the tattoo shop and that he was closing. After some phone calls, panicking, and planning the shop is now ours! Eric has been at that place for ten years and he couldn’t just walk away from it. Things are going to be crazy in the next few weeks as we paint, renovate, and redecorate. If you have a Facebook please like the shop and follow the adventures that we will be going through! I’m so excited, nervous, and scared at once. This year is definitely going to be interesting.

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Meet the newest artist to join the Skin Illustrations family, Rich Menet. Eric met Rich a few years back when we were tattooing at the first Wildwood Tattoo Convention. Eric and Rich have been friends ever since running into each other at conventions up and down the east coast and keeping in touch online. We’re happy to announce that Rich will be with us part time! He brings a lot of talent and experience to the table. Check out his website here: http://www.neversurrendertattoo.com/index2.html

Take the time to click a few links and like the tattoo shop that my husband and I own. We’ve been busting our butts since December to completely renovate and reopen the shop and now we’re able to start phase 2 of renovations. My husband Eric is an amazing award winning tattoo artist, his work is phenomenal. I’m so happy that it’s finally nice out so I can wear shorts and become a walking billboard again.

Shop Restoration

Currently our shop Skin Illustrations is going under restorations due to change in ownership. The new owner is award winning tattoo artist Eric Backlund who has been working at the shop for the past 10 years. We’re new to Tumblr so we wanted to show some before and after pictures of the shop to show everyone what we have been doing with the doors closed. We looking forward to reopening in the near future!

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On January 2nd this is what our shop looked like after the old owner came and took out all of his belongings. We kept referring to the color as a “yogurt shop” colors.

Painting was at the top of our to do list! As you can see we wasted no time getting down to business. 

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After we got some of the painting out of the way Eric built a new counter for the waiting room. It looks so nice!

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Eric went to tattoo at the DC convention for the weekend and left his wife Nicole at the shop to work on it. After recruiting some help a LOT got done that weekend. She had someone put new sinks in the booths, got a ton of painting done, and put together a lot of the furniture for the booths.

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Here’s Nicole relaxing after a long weekend of working. Eric had NO idea what she had up her sleeves while she was gone.

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Probably the biggest improvement of all was the bathroom. We’ll just say it had been neglected for a while and needed to be redone/updated. I don’t have a before but TRUST me when I say it’s a huge improvement. 

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We’re finally to the point where we can hang flash and other artwork. It’s really starting to look like a tattoo shop again.

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Eric went to a live taping of the Eric Andre show and got Eric Andre and Hannibal Burress to autograph a poster for him. He is beyond thrilled to finally be hanging it up in his own shop.

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We’re so close to reopening it’s not even funny. The building itself is pretty much ready to go. We’ve already passed our building/fire inspection and we’re just waiting on a few more things. We look forward to being able to post the tattoos that we’re doing instead of progress pictures. 

Halloween is never over!! :-)
So I had this foam latex face piece knocking around and thought I’d use it tonight & just casually wander round the flat looking all demonic! The edges arent great i know, but it was ready made and obviously wasn’t made for me. I airbrushed my face using @kettcosmetics & @ppipremiereproducts -Skin illustrators.
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Visit us at @imatsofficial Toronto Booth 515 and shop for bags & cases, @bennyemakeup Company powders, disposables, @kevynaucoin products, Lashes, @lemaquillagepro, @mondastudio, @pawpalette, @ppipremiereproducts, @vueset, @zpalette, plus much more! On Sunday 11/23 we will be having a demo from Aaron Knox @knoxbodyart Liquid Imprints Face and Body Art & PPI/Skin Illustrator! #imats #imatstoronto #toronto #makeupaddicts #bodypaint #bennye #makeupcases #mondalashes #maqpro #lemaquillagepro #mondastudio #pawpalette #ppi #skinillustrator #vueset #zpalette #toofaced #anastasiabrows by nigelbeautyemporium http://ift.tt/1uy1eBA