Studio evoLve is all about evolution, which to us means moving forward through experimentation, education and pushing limits. We wish to combine our artwork with the way the shop looks and feels in order to better the client’s experience in our environment. Providing excellent tattooing in a comfortable space is essential to a positive client experience. Studio evoLve will integrate tattooing with other mediums of art to create a space where tattooers not only work together, but for themselves – where they come to work with open minds and a willingness to help each other, so everyone learns and grows. This is not only for the betterment of the studio, but for that of ourselves, as people and as artists. We want to push limits of skin technically, but we also want to push the social acceptance of tattooing by changing the way we are viewed in the community – from a misguided deviant subculture into true artisans of our skilled and beloved craft.
Our main goal in opening a tattoo studio is to develop a positive environment geared toward customer service and artistic creativity, which is in turn driven by our respect for the tattoo industry and passion for the craft. Studio evoLve will be a tattoo shop, an art gallery, a creative space and a cultural center for our tattooers, our industry, and our local community. People will be inspired, impressed and relaxed within the space as soon as they enter the studio. We want them to be pleased by what they see and feel, as if they are somewhere different, special, safe and clean. Visitors will feel that their money will be well-spent, will be comfortable getting tattooed by us, and will see no reason to go elsewhere, because we will provide top-quality work at fair prices. At Studio evoLve, the clientele and staff will always feel good in the space – not only because of the design, but also because of the way we all treat one another. This business is not only about our careers and our futures, but also about how we respect each other, our clients, and our industry.
Studio evoLve will be a custom tattooing studio, reaching out to all of the 18-and-older men and women in the Tidewater region. What we are offering is an experience rather than just a service, unique to most of what else can be found in the area. We hope to attract clients that seek out an artist based on the understanding that tattooing is an art, it is permanent, and that responsible decisions should be made with that in mind. We will educate the public, as much as we can, on what it is that we do, especially those unfamiliar with the concept of custom tattooing. We do not wish to be a typical “street shop” with a big walk-in client base, looking for a quick tattoo they have chosen from a wall, but rather, we will strive to be an exclusively custom, by-appointment tattoo studio where everyone is welcome. When a client walks in for the first time, there will be a greeter at the front who will help to guide them toward the artist best suited for their personality, lifestyle, and artistic desires. They will then meet, or set an appointment with, the artist to discuss the ideas they have. Getting a custom tattoo is an investment of time, on both the client and tattooer’s part. The reward in the end will be a one-of-a-kind piece of art that the wearer can proudly display for a lifetime, and an experience that is both very professional and personal.
Gabriel Cece has been tattooing since 1995. He has been published numerous times in magazines, won awards at conventions, developed a consistent custom-based clientele, and has earned his way in the industry, enough to realize his dream of owning his own shop and being able to give back to the tattoo industry all that it has given him. You can view his work at www.gabrielcece.com. For information on joining the family, please contact gabriel at firstname.lastname@example.org