I never knew when I was a kid that I'd eventually have a love for the pain and patience to sit in a chair and have someone immortalize a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle in my arm one day, but here I am.

Mark Frankhouse/TSM
Mark Frankhouse/TSM

I actually just started a sleeve on my left arm in the style known as Trash Polka, a style popularized in originally in Germany. The artwork resembles tattoos that seem to be done with a paintbrush in certain aspects. Now in the States, there are many artists who specialize in many different styles. Being still somewhat new to the area, I'm looking for some shops who specialize in Portrait and Watercolor styles.

I've found some local shops that look like they do some amazing work if you're also looking to get some work done:


Body Armor Tattoo- 3101 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Old Anchor Tattoo Shop- 7624 S Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI 49002

South Pointe Ink- 1838 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Tattoos By Raven- 208 W Allegan St, Otsego, MI 49078

I'm definitely in need of some solid artists for pieces I have set up for the future. Sound off on Facebook and let me know the best places and artists to get a hold of.

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