It's July, and I find myself strolling down Manchester's Main Street in Connecticut, taking a brief respite between tattoo appointments. With a blueberry cold brew from Firestone Cafe gripped in my hand, I'm overwhelmed with gratitude for my current surroundings.
Exploring the Enchanting Locale of Manchester, CT
Nestled above this bustling Main Street, my quaint studio resides at the very starting and finishing line of the iconic Manchester Road Race. Right around the corner, you can marvel at a stunning mural crafted by Manchester's local artist Ben Keller. A bit further down, Urban Lodge Brewing comes alive on weekends with tunes from local musicians. I source my dried bouquets and herbal teas from Perennial, which is conveniently situated downstairs from my studio. On rainy afternoons, it's a real struggle not to wander into Manchester landmarks like Harvest Beads or Silk City Antiques to add yet another crystal or vase to my collection. Even Manchester Hardware is on my block—a lifesaver when I was launching Wildwood Tattoo Studio in Manchester's historically rich, yet quirky buildings!
Discovering the Allure of Wildwood Tattoo Studio
I feel like I'm finally settling into my new home, so here's a little peek into Wildwood Tattoo Studio for you. When it comes to imagining a tattoo shop, mine may diverge from the stereotype. I've intentionally designed it to be a sanctuary—a place where people can spend hours without feeling rushed or stressed. A majority of my clientele are Manchester locals who return time and again. But I also cater to those getting their first ink, those seeking cover-ups, and even those looking for emotionally resonant memorial tattoos. In essence, my studio aims to welcome and relax everyone who steps through its doors.
Upon ascending the stairway, you might hear the charming creak of century-old floorboards or catch a glimpse of an antique desk through a neighbor's window. Once inside Wildwood Tattoo Studio, you're welcomed by a bright, inviting waiting area that lets you unwind before your session. The studio ambiance honors its Manchester historical setting with a modern twist—decorated with green plants, crystals, vintage vases, and other eclectic items I've gathered from my travels.
I've committed to an eco-conscious approach as much as possible, especially now that suppliers are increasingly focusing on eco-friendly tattoo practices. Nearly all my single-use supplies are compostable or biodegradable—feel free to ask me about it; I could geek out all day!
Aesthetic-wise, my Manchester studio specializes in nature and environmental themes. From flora and fauna to crystals and scenic nature, my tattoo art has a unique blend of traditional and illustrative styles. If you're new to the tattoo world and find these terms confusing, stay tuned—I'll be writing more about different tattoo styles and how to go about getting the perfect tattoo. Feel free to reach out anytime; I'm always open to consultations and discussing ideas.
Last year, when contemplating my move back to the East Coast, I was drawn to the Connecticut River Valley, but Manchester, in particular, has been a revelation. This city has introduced me to a summer landscape rich in vibrant greens, fresh produce, burgeoning art scenes, hiking trails, and countless local events. It's been an immersion experience, and I'm here to absorb it all.
Signing Off: A Glimpse into My Creative Haven in Manchester
For now, I’m going to get back to drawing for my next appointment. Thanks for reading, and for checking out my little oasis in my new favorite city!