Haute Tattoos: Friday Jones' Tattoo Spa
Today marks the opening of Friday Jones's "bespoke tattoo studio" called Friday Jones Fifth Avenue at the Senses NY Salon & Spa.
And I've gotten lots of links and comments from y'all about it.
It's today's piece of Daily Candy NY and a number of you were not pleased with the silly copy like "tat fittings" or "She's all rock and roll but knows the ladies are turned off by grimy parlors." Ummm, really? I don't think we can fault Friday here, though. She is a cool rock chick so I can't picture her dissing the shops she came up in.
W Magazine's blog gives us a better look into the new venture with a Q&A and photos of Friday's work and the studio, like the one shown right.
It was Friday's own words here that bothered some of you, specifically, the offer of anesthesia for the tattoo -- raising the question beyond whether tattooing should be in upscale salons but should tattoos now be pain-free?
I'm old school.
I think the pain makes it part of that rite of passage; it stops the non-committed from making mistakes; it makes you feel like you "earned it," which is a big part of the experience for me. Her offer of a glass of wine to take the edge off -- fine. Complete numbing -- no thanks.
Others had a real problem with this part of the W Q&A:
Finally, what would you recommend for a girl who wants a tattoo, but isn't ready to commit to a major statement?
Reader Christine said, "Don't get the tattoo if you can't commit!"
But Friday makes a good point with the words "my market." I can sit behind my computer all day and all high and mighty blogging on tattoo couture and "collecting art on skin" blahblah, but many, many people just want a dumb ass sorority tattoo that won't show on their wedding day. That's not Friday's sole market, of course, but she is taking care of people who would likely be sneered at in your "grimy parlor."
And so, while the anesthesia, white ink, and spa-ification of tattooing is making me a little queasy today, perhaps it's just something we gotta get used to and embrace as a different option for a new market of tattoo collectors.
[I gotta note that I've met Friday and think she's great. In fact, one of my favorite pieces of flash art that I own is her work. I guess I just need to deal with a changing tattoo culture. Hell, a lawyer blogging about tattoos doesn't have a real platform to stand on in bemoaning such a change!]
Thanks to Kathleen, Sarah, Jenni, Sara, Christine, (and those who wish to go unnamed) for the links.