Salute to Small Business: The Salty Siren Tattoo Lounge
Welcome to our Salute to Small Business blog series! In these articles, I want to take the time to promote small businesses in our area that we have worked with and trust will do a great job for you. This week, I sat down with Lenny Wood, the owner, operator, and head tattoo artist at the Salty Siren Tattoo Lounge.
Lenny is a 2010 graduate of the Herron School of Art and Design. She has been working in the tattoo business since 2011, where she began as an apprentice at True Grit Ink. When I asked Lenny about why she opened up The Salty Siren Lounge, she stated she wanted to work without the typical stigma of a tattoo shop. Lenny’s vision was to create a more inviting atmosphere where all are welcome. In Lenny’s words, “Some people might get one tattoo their entire life, and I want that to be a positive experience.” Lenny’s favorite part about her job is the creative process and coming up with original ideas for her clients.
Many people believe (myself included) that when you are going to get a tattoo you should already have a final design in mind. Lenny recommends something quite different. She suggests coming up with original ideas that will be special and meaningful to you. At the initial consultation, Lenny recommends bringing a photo or reference with you to get an idea you want to embody in your piece of art. From there, she puts pen to paper to make an initial design. After the first design, changes can be made until you are happy and totally ready to put the ink to your skin.
When getting a tattoo, Lenny has some great recommendations for locations and post-tattoo care. Lenny recommends tattoos not to be placed on high stress areas or areas where your skin has a high turnover rate. If you do, the tattoo will dull over time and require frequent touch-ups.
Areas such as the palms of the hands and feet as well as the lips and oral spaces tend to have the most turn over on your body. You should also avoid getting sunburns around your tattoo as this will cause more damage and cell turnover of your skin and shorten the lifespan of your tattoo.
Lenny recommends a constant skin care regime to keep your tattoo looking splendid. Frequent applications of Aquafor and non-scented body lotions are good for your skin and for your artwork.
The Salty Siren Tattoo Lounge opened in May 2016. Normal business hours are Tuesday thru Saturday, Noon to 10 pm, but special arrangements can be made. The Lounge provides tattoos (original and cover ups) as well as piercings. Lenny has also brought in specialty artists on occasion that provide services such as Semi-Permanent cosmetics.
The Salty Siren is holding an open house on April 1st. It's a great time to swing in and meet the artists and ask them any questions you might have.
You can check out The Salty Siren Tattoo Lounge Facebook page: www.facebook.com/saltysirentattoo or you can check out Lenny’s art on Instagram at @lennyresplendent.
If you know any small businesses you have used and had a great experience, let us know so we can check them out! You can send us a message on facebook at www.facebook.com/kumferfamilydental or leave them in the comments below.