A tattoo studio is set to become the latest addition to Penwortham’s high street, in the old water tower building.Advertisement
Preston tattoo artist Juliet Preston says she is almost ready to open the doors of InKarma, in the old Reeds Rains building.
Juliet started her career as an apprentice at Studio 81 in Friargate in 2003 before opening her own studio in Southport eight years later.
She has won several awards for her designs and has had two books published.
Now Juliet is looking forward to the next step in her career as she prepares to open InKarma in Penwortham.
She says: “Living in Preston meant the commute got too much and driving through Penwortham to get to work I often wished I had a studio there instead.
“When the old Reeds Rains office came up to let I went and had a look, not expecting to like it. I didn’t – I loved it!
“I knew I had to have it so started the lengthy process of applying for change of use.
“I went to the council meeting at Leyland civic hall to say a few words and see if they would grant me permission to change the use, which got granted unanimously so I’ve spent since then getting the place how I wanted it, and it’s now all licensed and ready to open on Saturday November 2.”
InKarma will be primarily an appointment only studio, as Juliet says she wants to close the door to the public and concentrate on tattooing on the first floor.
However on Saturdays the studio will also offer piercing and will be open to the public.
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Juliet also has tattoo artist Sarah Chew joining her in the studio on Tuesdays and a regular guest artist Sarah Summersgill.
She says: “I’m looking for another artist to join me if the right person comes along.
“I’m very excited to be part of such a lovely little community and overall everyone’s been very positive and friendly!
“I commissioned Jonathon Preston at King and Queen (no relative!) to do my sign as I’ve known Jonathon for years and seen his new business doing bespoke signs with wood, nails and string and knew it would make an amazing large scale piece, and it has!”
Jonathan also made a bespoke sign for The Venue, Penwortham’s arts centre in the old library building.
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