STERLING – Those looking to put some fresh ink on their skin can now do so while shopping at the mall.
C/S Tattoo Shop is the first tattoo studio to come to Northland Mall.
For owner Carlos Silva, tattooing is more than an art and a business. It’s a form of therapy.
“The tattoo helps me escape the stress of life,” Silva said.
“When I sit down to tattoo a client, I’m focused. The world and its problems fade away, and I just feel good.
Silva worked as a tattoo artist for Skin Deep Tattoo & Piercing in Sterling for several years before moving to Missouri. He moved back to Sterling to be closer to his family and decided to pursue his dreams when the mall owners offered free rent for new businesses.
“Some people doubted me when I said I would open my shop, but never give up on your dreams. People may doubt you, but if you don’t listen to negativity and do what you must, not only will you succeed, but you will find happiness,” Silva said.
C/S Tattoo Shop is open by appointment only; Silva plans to set regular opening hours soon. For now, people can call 815-535-6821 to schedule a session.
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