Virginia Beach, we love you.

Virginia Beach is the place we call home, and yesterday afternoon unthinkable tragedy struck our beloved city. There are a lot of things that could be said, but finding the right words can be very difficult in times like these. Our hearts are with everyone affected and grieving in our community. We can pull through this together. #VBstrong

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Hiring for front desk!

We are currently in search of a new staff member on our customer service end.

Job duties include booking appointments for clients on our (sometime complicated) system so we ask that applicants are computer savvy, and quick learners. The available position is for Friday and Saturday only. Please understand that no apprenticeships will be offered at any point, and this is strictly customer service related.

If you would like to apply, please send your resume and why you’d like to work with us to red5tattoova@gmail.com

Applicants must be 18 or older.

Closing dates coming up:

Red 5 will be taking a few days of closure coming up in the next 2 weeks. 

The shop will be closing at 5pm on Friday June 29th, remain closed on June 30th, and as always we will be close that Sunday and Monday as well. 

We will also be close on July 4th in observance of Independence Day. 

Thank you for understanding, and contact the studio with any questions. 

True honor.

There are few things quite as amazing as seeing a living legend represent your studio. Whang-od has been tattooing for 85 years, and at the young age of 100 she doesn't seem to be slowing down. She is known for being the last living traditional Kalinga tattooer, and it's a long -but worthwhile- journey to receive a tattoo from her. Renato Garcia, one of Chris Garcia's brothers, was fortunate enough to get tattooed by her and made this incredible photo a reality. This is a truly an honor, and incredibly appreciated.

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Christmas time tattoos! The gift of forever.

This time of year, we love that clients come in and purchase things for our studio to give to a loved one in hopes of getting them tattooed. There's nothing better than a permanent gift. 

We also receive a lot of calls around Christmas from people wanting to get their kids tattooed. Though we appreciate wanting to trust us with a permanent work of art, we do not tattoo under 18 for any reason. What can we recommend for your 17 year old? Get them a gift card, which never expires, and have them start planning a beautiful work of art, then set an appointment for their 18th birthday. You can show your support, and also ensure that they will receive a beautiful and professionally done piece. It also allows plenty of time for a solid tattoo idea to be made, and gives something to look forward to.

What ever gifts you choose to give, we hope you have a safe and happy holiday season! 

Taking a stand.

We are often silent about many subjects but this is one we can, and will, get behind and support. For those of you who don't know, there is a tattoo school opening in Philadelphia, and many tattooers in the community are taking a stand.

A tattoo school is a place where people pay to learn the basics of how to tattoo at an accelerated pace. They get a certificate, and essentially expect to immediately get jobs in the industry. Traditionally, tattoo apprenticeships are earned through hard work, dedication, and (lets be honest) going through a lot of shit you don't want to deal with, and it breaks your ego down which helps prove your heart and drive to want to do this for the right reasons, and not just for a temporary cool card in a trade you'll give up in a few years or hand out to all your friends. Tattooing is a craft that should be handed down through generations, but unfortunately it's become something that's handed out instead. 

Eric Perfect has been working to show people in Pennsylvania that they are being taken advantage of for money, and attending one of these school is the least appropriate way to enter the industry. With signs stating "Apprenticeships are earned not bought" and "You are being exploited" the hope is that the school will be shut down, and those wanting to attend will instead choose to look into going about tattooing the respectful way instead of giving money to a greedy culture mooch. Eric's posts have been geared towards showing the truth behind this school, it's motives, and the stolen art they're using to promote it. He's also making it known that not everyone is a good fit for tattooing, and in our opinion he is 100% correct. Just because you like the idea of being a tattooer doesn't mean you deserve to be walked in the door and put in a booth.

Earlier this year, Freddy Corbin and a group of supporters proved that if we stand together, it is possible to run Tattoo Schools out of this sacred trade.

The bottom line is that we stand with them in choosing to protect the trade and the integrity of tattooing. You can't demand respect when you didn't earn it, and you can't expect to be taken seriously by those who have earned it the traditional way. It's not about being a snob, it's about believing in working for the things you want instead of having them handed to you. We're staring at a generation of people who expect to be given whatever they want and think they deserve to just throw money out for a quick lesson in something many spent years earning.

Respect is earned, not handed out or purchased. 

Richmond Tattoo & Arts Festival

Jesse Smith stopped by the studio today and dropped off fliers for the Richmond Tattoo & Arts Festival which will be September 30 - October 2 this year. Carl Fuchs and Chris Garcia will be on the list of artists attending, and if you're in the area you should check it out!

Red Five/FTW Cycles/Blakhart Guitars/Honda

Last weekend we participated in an event put on at Pungo Sports Bar by FTW Cycles. 

The event featured one of the only female eat coast stunt riders, Christina Billings, and she was awesome!

Another event is being planned, and hopefully it pans out because this was really cool to see and more people should experience it!

Here's the flier:

And one of our new friends from our booth neighbors at Pit Bull Awareness Coalition! 

Christina (left) with Alley (right), Red 5's front manager (me), after her show. She was so sweet and awesome!

It was hot, but it was fun!