Some people grab coffee on the way to the grocery store. Me? Well, sometimes I stop in for a tattoo. I’ve spent a decade in this city trying to find a place I feel safe enough and confident enough to walk into and say, “I would like to get a tattoo.”
Getting a tattoo is no small decision—I have a tattoo gone wrong that I am happy to show any of you as proof. You may spend some time thinking about getting that ink, but you shouldn’t have to worry about the people, the atmosphere, or wonder if you are headed into a safe environment.
Now, some of you are hardcore. You can take anything and you won’t bat an eyelash at some of the sketchier tattoo parlors in town. I prefer a safe, clean environment free of skin disease, parolees who have skipped their last several check-ins, and any place with a creeper lurking in the corner.
Several months ago, my daughter introduced me to a true gentleman—Josh Weeks. Josh is a brilliant tattoo artist. I have been to him twice already, and I have an appointment set for my next piece. Recently, Josh moved shops and is now working at Battle Born Tattoo off Wells.
This shop is clean, the guys all friendly, and I couldn’t be happier with Josh as an artist. And, do you know what had me at hello? When I told Josh about my work with Awaken, a local anti-trafficking organization, he responded without missing a beat, “I would love to donate a free tattoo to an auction or fundraiser if they want one.” What? This boy’s mamma raised him right!
Their prices are reasonable, and cheaper than a few higher end parlors. Their reviews on both Facebook and Yelp are exceptional. If you are in the market for a tattoo, look these guys up. Be sure to call or stop in to make an appointment. Walk in appointments can be tricky to fit in, but he takes weekday and weekend appointments.
They are located at
1717 S Wells Ave, Reno, NV 89502
Want a chance at a gift tattoo with Josh? As it turns out, he donated $100 tattoo gift certificate to be auctioned off at this year’s Awaken Banquet and Silent Auction at the Peppermill. Join me this Saturday night, November 19th, at 5 pm for cocktails, photo booth, silent auction, and a really yummy dinner.
The best part? All the money raised stays local! Your donations at the banquet go to help girls who have been trafficked and men and women who want out of their previous devastating lives in the sex industry.
The night will be filled with survival stories and testimonies of those who have walked with Awaken and are now living completely new, healthy lives. Join this dedicated organization to bring the change our city needs. More information and tickets available here.
Last I checked there were only a handful of tickets left! Last year we sold out. Don’t be that guy standing in the lobby wishing you were on the inside. Instead, be the girl who goes to the banquet, donates money to an incredible cause, and get yourself a new tattoo!