Top Midlands tattoo studio heads to next level with move to landmark new premises, aided by John Truslove
A popular tattoo parlour is aiming to make its mark after a move to stylish new headquarters, secured with the aid of commercial property agents John Truslove.
Nick Imms founded The Church Tattoo back in 2016 and the continued growth in popularity of the art form saw the business outgrow its former premises.
Along with fellow artists and new business partners Kirsten Pettitt and Stephanie Melbourne they have moved into The Old School House in Chapel Lane, Wythall, giving them more than four times the space of their old home.
Nick said: “It’s a beautiful building with space for all nine of our tattoo artists.
“It allows us to provide a comfortable, professional space that helps give our customers confidence in the quality of the work we do.
“The Old School House is fitted with the latest equipment and is a fabulous space to work in, in a great rural setting. We have been able to create a striking, bespoke place to practise our art. We plan to work on the first floor later in the year, turning it into a gallery so our artists can showcase their work.
“We are taking things to another level here and aim to run seminars for colleagues to help us all improve our skills.”
The team have a string of accolades to their names while Nick is sponsored by a tattoo equipment firm and an ink producer. As a result, he is often their guest artist at trade shows in Europe and in the USA.
“I did various jobs after leaving school before deciding on a tattooing apprenticeship,” said Nick.
“I’ve been doing it for about 12 years now, since I was 20, and I’ve seen the continuing growth in its popularity and acceptance by the general public – a lot of which, I have to say, was due to David Beckham.”
Nick, originally from Astwood Bank in Redditch, has built a strong reputation for his black and grey realistic tattoo work, attracting both customers and a strong team of fellow artists to work alongside him since opening his own studio in 2016.
“When we realised we needed a bigger place I spoke to Ben Truslove at John Truslove, who has worked with us over the years. Between the two of us, we identified The Old School House. It was ideal.
“He helped us reassure the landlord about the kind of quality studio we wanted to establish. He’s been incredibly helpful though the whole process.”
Ben Truslove helped The Church Tattoo negotiate a five-year lease on the 1,592 sq ft of space at The Old School House.
He said: “I’ve known Nick and the team at The Church Tattoo for several years. They are as far from the old back-street tattoo parlour as it is possible to get, producing beautiful work in professional surroundings.
“The move to The Old School House enables them to take this thriving business to the next level, something we at John Truslove help scores of businesses to achieve every year thanks to our unrivalled links with local landlords and the wide array of properties on our books.”
Jack Howell at GloverPriest Solicitors acted for The Church Tattoo.
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