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Five Things to Know About Kadillac Tattoo

Get to know Mt. Airy's newest business.

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.

Erica February 05, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Gene E. seems to still think that it's 50 years in the past, and that tattoos are the province of bikers, gang members, and criminals ONLY. A vast number of educated professionals and productive members of society have tattoos- myself included. Tattoos not even edgy anymore! Gene, honey, half of the housewives of Chestnut Hill have tattoos. It is 2013.
Jeanne February 05, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Got my first tattoo from Kadillac in Rox. 18 years ago. Still looks as beautiful as the day it was done. Great, professional guy.
Gene E. February 05, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Erica So anything that housewives in Chestnut Hill does makes it the right thing to do? NOT! Shirley I am entitled to my opinion and I believe tattos are garbage just like your comment.
Angus February 08, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Gene, if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. Plus you may want to check the grammar and capitalization in your comments. If have an educated opinion please elaborate, otherwise keep the ignorance to yourself.
MN February 08, 2013 at 05:16 PM
I appreciate the generally civil tone of these comments, and hope we can collectively keep that going! Maybe just ignoring those who are rude, rather than engaging them in a back and forth? Just sayin...... Back to the article - as someone who will NEVER get a tattoo in this lifetime I was a little wary about this place coming to our neighborhood, but thought this was a great article that made me change my perspective. Good article and thanks for helping to build a strong community.

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