Special guests to appear at TCAC

GRAFTON—Memorial Day weekend has become quite the celebration in Grafton, drawing people into the community from all over. This Memorial Day weekend will see some special guests at the Taylor County Arts Council’s Gallery 62 West.

The crew from Pike Street Studios, owned and operated by Rocco Cunningham, left their mark on the community and will be back for round two on Friday, May 25.

“After the fantastic turnout we had last time, we knew we wanted to have the crew from Pike Street Studios come back to do another session here,” shared Curator Beth Flanery. “The guys had expressed that they really wanted to come back too. So, we worked with Rocco to get it on the books.”

Flanery said that the cross promotion for both parties has been truly special, and that having the tattoo artists present in the gallery goes toward everything that an art facility should be doing.

“We are working to get people to understand that we are advocates for all working artists, and the guys from Pike Street are just that,” voiced Flanery. “The Taylor County Arts Council sees and knows the importance of promoting artists from all venues.”

She revealed that this time around, things will operate a bit differently from Pike Street’s initial visit.

“Because of the large turnout last time, we had people waiting. Even though some people had appointments set up, they were still having to wait, and we felt bad for that. We took what we saw last time and made some changes to better suit those in attendance and the artists,” Flanery noted.

Because the studio will be open the same day as the event at the gallery, only two artists will be present to tattoo individuals.

“Kane will be back to tattoo guests. He talked about how much he really enjoyed his first visit here, so when Rocco and I started discussing this event, Kane volunteered to come back down. He will be joined by artist Tony,” shared Flanery.

The artists will be set up and ready at 4:00 p.m. The first two guests to walk through the door will be ushered into the chairs for their tattoo sessions. Each guest after that will have their name and phone number written down in the order that they arrived.

“When the artists are finishing up and cleaning their stations, we will text the person next in line. We will only hold the chair for 10 minutes before moving on to the next in line,” revealed Flanery. “We will not be able to hold chairs longer for 10 minutes, so if you’re on the list be sure to keep your phone handy.”

She disclosed that the tattoo artists will be set up and tattooing until 10:00 p.m.

“Last time they were here we posted that we would be going until 10:00 p.m., but they didn’t finish up their work until 10:30 p.m.,” Flanery commented. “Again, I can’t stress enough that this is a first-come, first-serve basis and we will only hold a chair for 10 minutes before moving on to the next guest.”

Flanery would like to remind participants to be thoughtful about the size and detail of their tattoos. She revealed that pricing would depend on the size and detail of the design, but that most the tattoos last time were price pointed between $80-$120.

According to Flanery, Rocco has expressed interest in holding one more tattooing event for the community before the end of the year.

“We have been talking about maybe hosting them again this fall,” she revealed. “We have our permit through the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department until the end of the year, so we would love for them to be able to come back again.”

Pike Street owner Rocco Cunningham is the creator of the West Virginia Tattoo Expo, a collection of tattoo and piercing artists from across the country coming together to show their artistic expression through their craft.

“Rocco and his guys are known to be able to pick up shop and go anywhere. They are highly recommended and are very trusted,” Flanery noted.

With over 50 years of combined experience in the industry, the crew from Pike Street Studios has made a name for themselves, earning many accolades. Their desire to create a work of art that their clients will love for a lifetime, while treating each customer as if they were family.

If you like what you see from the Pike Street artists during this event and want to be tattooed by one of them in the future, give them a call at 304-326-8282, or stop by their studio, located at 616 West Pike Street, Clarksburg, Tuesday-Saturday from noon until 9:00 p.m.

“We had such a great event last time, and we are hoping to see the same kind of turn out and support this go around,” voiced Flanery. “So, if you’re ready for a unique tattoo experience, make your way to Gallery 62 West on Friday, May 25, and claim your spot with Kane or Tony.

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