It's hard to think of a more legit way to rep your city than by getting it permanently tattooed on you. And if you're going to get it permanently tattooed on you, it's hard to think of a better place to do it than Th'ink Tank, one of Denver's most highly regarded tattoo shops -- Th'ink Tank artists routinely get booked over a year out. Starting tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m., you can do both at a discounted rate thanks to the shop's first 303 Party (because -- get it? -- the date is 3/03), which it's aiming to make a yearly event. And what's more legit than being there for the first one?
Interestingly, the idea for the party started not in the 303 area code, but in Texas, where a shop called Elm Street Tattoo used to throw Friday the 13th parties doing Friday the 13th-themed tattoos for $13; one of that shop's artists ended up at Th'ink Tank and brought the idea with him. "So after we did a couple of those, we started talking about how cool it would be to do our own version of that for Denver," says Th'ink Tank artist Fish ("that's my fake name, but everyone calls me that," he explains). "So we decided on 303 on 3/03. At first, we were going to go thirty hours, but for this first one, we wanted to make sure it was going to be manageable."
As it is, the party will last twelve -- still a pretty good amount for the nine Th'ink Tank artists involved, all of whom will be on duty. How it works is, those artists have done up 33 one-by-one-inch designs related to the 303 theme -- you can pick from one of them. "We're not doing any custom work; you have to chose from our designs, and it's $30" Fish says. It's walk-in only, first come, first serve, and for obvious logistical reasons, you can't pick your artist -- you get whoever's available next.
"We're trying to set it up so everyone who wants one can get one, but we can't really predict how long the wait's going to be," says Fish. "We want to encourage people to, if you think you want to get tattooed, the earlier you get here, the earlier you're going to get in."
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