Page 9

717 Tattoo Shops

ELLA & PAUL Let’s say no to the corny lines, bouquets of flowers and chocolates and make way for a real love story. And what could be more romantic than the tale of two badass tattooed shop owners?

and enough talent-they just make it work. Four tattoo shops later; Ella and Paul are still together against all odds-along with their still on-the-rise tattoo business. Along with his wife’s incredible artistic talent Paul has a firm understanding of public relations and offers an abundance of information about the various studios and companies. Many locals probably don’t know that Ella and Paul also manufacture tattoo supplies. The couple began Razorblade, a wholesale

tattoo and piercing supply company in 2005. It began with only piercing products, but with the opening of their tattoo shops, they decided to go larger and stock enough to sell and supply other shops in the industry. Razorblade. com is a “pro only” website. However, they do take walk-ins, but only a professional can buy from them. “We do our best at making sure that we aren’t putting tools in the hands of people who have no idea what they’re doing. The mistakes you make in tattooing are lifelong for someone

else, and that shouldn’t be taken lightly,” Ella says. With their success of course came jealousy. Their higher status earned them a few enemy and hater rivals along the way. Some say that they are exploiting the tattoo business by bringing it into the mainstream and a wider audience. Fortunately, for the tattoo world 717 Tattoo managed to rise above this and continue to create some of the most spectacular tattoos ever seen. SOCIAL MEDIA @717tattoo

Behind the glowing neon signs of their Columbia, Pennsylvania storefront, the husband and wife duo lead the central PA tattoo industry. The purchased shop was previously known as Gatorzap Tattoo until 2011. The studio walls of Ella and Paul’s 717 Tattoo 16

and Body Piercing-jammed with photographs of body art and original sketches are an electric reminder of the couple’s roots and the tough road they traveled to get to where they are today. This wellrespected, award-winning studio is home to a number of talented

resident and guest artists. They commit themselves to operating differently than any other studio.

@717tattoo /717Tattoos

To work with a spouse is a risky move for any relationship, but Harrisburg husband and wife duo Ella and Paul have enough passion The Ink Well Magazine

17

The Ink Well Magazine  

The Ink Well Magazine is a synergistic creative publication that benefits everyone: advertisers, readers, artists, shops and distributors. I...

The Ink Well Magazine  

The Ink Well Magazine is a synergistic creative publication that benefits everyone: advertisers, readers, artists, shops and distributors. I...

Advertisement