Tattoo shop owners grapple with uncertain future due to COVID-19 closures

Most tattoo artists are independent contractors who rely on steady business to stay afloat.

Tattoo artists and shop owners face an uncertain future due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All tattoo parlors have had to close as a result of the state’s stay-at-home order.

“Money doesn’t stop going out,” said one tattoo parlor owner in a report by WWMT. “At this point, I think the hardest part is dealing with the banks.”

NowKalamazoo Partner Event
Group of people laughing and chatting underneath the text "Eat. Drink. Give. Craft beer. Wine. Great food."

A fundraising gala supporting

logo for Gryphon Place

Friday, April 28, 2023 | 7-10PM
Girl Scouts Program & Training Center

It’s back! Eat Drink Give returns to bring hundreds of guests together to enjoy a memorable evening filled with food, drinks, music, and fun. This gala features tasty creations, an impressive selection of wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages for sampling, an awesome venue, fabulous raffle and auction prizes, and best of all — people who want to make a difference!

The funds raised at Eat Drink Give will support Gryphon Place’s local programs and services, including 2-1-1, suicide prevention, youth services, Restorative Practices and more. We know the last few years have been difficult for everyone, so the joy of celebrating and supporting our community is needed now more than ever. We hope to see you there!

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