Receiving a tattoo can feel very vulnerable, so we didn’t want that process to be visible from the entrance or waiting area. As well, we wanted to distinguish the clients’ experience of being greeted from being served. So, we designed a layout that separates the front of the house from the tattoo area.
external view of the atelier ©Atticus Radley
tattoo area separated from the building front ©Atticus Radley
The primary materials in the space are concrete, steel, walnut, ash, glass and silver. We chose all matte finishes and brushed textures, to keep the space feeling down-to-earth and approachable. We sought a natural palette of slate, charcoal, eggshell and earth tones. Cool daylight pours in from the floor-to-ceiling windows, balanced by warm, halogen bulbs in our lighting fixtures. It’s all about striking a balance. We also wanted to be mindful of color, as the artists take photos of their work in the space. It’s important that their art is the focal point, and never feels overpowered by the studio itself.
overall view of the interior space ©Atticus Radley
reception area in warm atmosphere ©Atticus Radley
waiting area ©Atticus Radley
His entryway benches are bleached ash, anchored by dark glass inserts in opposing directions. It’s a subtle nod to the movement of people within the space, both entering and exiting. His outdoor seating feels stately and heavy, as if resting atop a fallen tree. It’s made of reclaimed wood, with steel legs from a reclaimed factory beam. We chose all natural hardwoods without any seals or lacquers, so they’d keep building character with prolonged use.
wooden bench at the entrance ©Atticus Radley
We sought out a local woodworker, to ensure we could collaborate with them in a hands-on way. It was tough at first, because so many companies were either too large or too small for our needs. I was so happy to finally find Joe Cauvel of CauvDesign. He crafted custom benches, bookshelves, desks and standing mirrors. They’re all curved, to offset the sharp edges of the architecture. Everything flows seamlessly with the space, as if his pieces had always been there.
curved wooden shelves ©Atticus Radley
tatto area ©Atticus Radley
natural materials creating comfortable atmosphere ©Atticus Radley
outdoor seating ©Atticus Radley
For intimate tattoos that may require more discretion, we created the upper mezzanine as an even more private workspace. Each station has a pop-up screen, as well, which instantly offers total seclusion for the artist and client.
workspace on the mezzanine ©Atticus Radley
private space created by screens ©Atticus Radley
For lighting, form and function are equally important to me. I found Canadian artisan Matthew McCormick, and fell in love with his “Mila” lamp concept. These delicate, blown glass spheres balance at the base of brushed steel arcs. He said they’re inspired by his pregnant wife cradling her stomach. We completely fell in love with both the aesthetic and the story. Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the final product.
lightings designed by Matthew Mccormick ©Atticus Radley
My personal favorite part of the space is the vibrant artwork by Turkish painter Murat Palta. I wanted only one standout feature to bring color to the otherwise neutral palette. His work blends western pop culture references with a traditional Ottoman miniature style of painting. Since I’m also a Turkish immigrant and fine artist, Palta’s work in our lobby is my little way of introducing myself.
artwork brings color to the space ©Atticus Radley
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