Teresa Dennis, president and “toilet washer,” at Subkulture Klothing and Ink called and told me a bit about herself. Her store is the first and only tattoo parlor in Uptown (at least, in recent years). It took about half a year and a random encounter to get the interview that would get her the store at 2611 Worthington (she was rejected by people on Oak Lawn Avenue and along Knox-Henderson). She says the reason her store was allowed to operate in Uptown is because she’s bringing something to tattoos that she says isn’t really out there: class. “Our entire goal is that we’re going to take tattoos out of the hood or alternative areas and bring them into the light,” she says.
To find out exactly what she means by classing up the biz, jump.
In her tattoo store, you’ll find some unusual items, such as wine, netbooks of tattoos to peruse, and luxury Italian leather settees. The store also carries couture clothing. It has brands such as Christian Audigier, Salvage, Monarchy, Seven for all Mankind, Kimikal, and Scarabello.
Teresa says she’d like to become the Harley Davidson of tattoos. So, here’s to you, Teresa. And about that offer to get a “D” tattooed on my arm, I think I’m going to have to pass. I don’t like needles.