Kadillac Tattoo opened its doors in Mt. Airy on Saturday, Feb 2. Here are five things to know about the new business.
1) It Isn't a Fly-by-Night Operation: Eric Perfect, the shop's owner and one of its tattoo artists, has been tattooing since 1990. Perfect opened his first parlor in Roxborough in the late 90s before moving it to Northeast Philadelphia.
"I have 23 years experience tattooing, " he said. "[We've got] another guy with 13 years experience. There's a lot of knowledge and respect for the craft of tattooing here."
2) Minors Need Not Apply: By law, a 16-year-old in Philadelphia can come into a tattoo parlor and get ink with parental consent. Not at Kadillac. Perfect said that he wouldn't ink a minor, even if they have permission from a parent.
"No one under 18 will get tattoos here," he said. "I don't want to be burdened with the responsibility of having to cover something up later, because you know where your head is at when you are 16. Kids can make mistakes."
3) It Could be an Art Location Down the Road: Part of what Perfect hopes to do with his new location is open an art space in the basement and hold occasional art shows to display different tattoo-related art.
"It gives the general public a feel for the other side of what we do," he said. "Even if it might look like the things we have on the wall, there are always variations and different takes on the style."
4) It Will Feature Styles from Across the County: Part of what Perfect has done at his Northeast location that he hopes to bring to Mt. Airy is the idea of the occasional "guest tattoo artist." He hopes to bring artists in from across the country for limited runs, allowing those interested to get different styles and artwork from tattoo artits outside the Philadelpha area.
5) Respect for the Craft: To Perfect, tattooing isn't something anyone can do, and he hopes his shop will reflect the history of the action.
"What people don't get is that tattooing isn't an art as much as it is a craft," he said. "Someone who can draw a picture on a piece of paper can't necessarily give you a good tattoo just the same way that I can't go to a pile of wood and make a house. Respect for the history and craft of tattooing is big for me."
Kadillac Tattoo, which is located at Germantown Avenue and Mt. Pleasant Avenue, will be open seven days a week.