I have been tattooing for about 5 years and I am blessed to have a son on the way. When I discovered that I would be juggling the job of single mother and full-time artist, I started to dream of one day opening a private studio, so that I could have flexibility to spend more time with my son and still be able to focus on my art. Recently, a storefront opened up about a block from my house, and the dream started to become a more tangible reality.
Right now, I am a sub-contractor, so I am confident that I can make the transition to working for myself, but it will be a bumpy road for the next 6 months – I will be putting the work into fixing up the storefront and keeping the rent paid for the first few months when I have my child. Luckily, I have always adhered to the idea that there is no greater motivation than passion, unless you also have a child; then there is no greater motivation than passion for what you do, and passion for providing an great future for your children.
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I am a full time tattoo artist specializing in custom work, and my business will remain focused on that. I particularly love tattooing large scale, colorful, watercolor, abstract, illustrative, and realism.
In addition to offering tattoos, I am planning on utilizing my space to rent to additional local artists of all mediums to display their work, sublet for events, etc. in order to create a communal artist “collective.” My storefront is in the main business district of the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
What is the purpose of this loan?
A Kiva Zip loan will help me to remodel my new storefront and cover working capital as I transition from being a sub-contractor to running my own shop and being a new mom. I already have many loyal customers, but will need to build my clientele now that I will not have the benefit of the shared costs and recognition that come with being part of a larger team.
Years in operation: 3 years – 5 years
A loan of $5,000 helps Allie remodel a storefront to open Ravenwood Collective, a tattoo parlor and artist collective.