A new tattoo parlor will be making its way into Saratoga
Springs, at 55 Beekman Street. The new shop, Pink Raven Tattoos
, is set to open
the first week of September, courtesy of local tattoo artist Chris DiBiase and
his husband, Doug Gruse.
The parlor will be geared mostly towards women although all
genders are welcome.
The location for the shop was up in the air for a time, finally
landing in Saratoga Springs after getting less than a warm reception in nearby
DiBiase and Gruse were on the brink of signing a lease with
Christina Kaidas, whose family owns the Ridge Street building that houses a
gift shop, Sterling & Co. and clothing boutique, Minky Mink. Kaidas backed
out of the agreement, citing the concerns of her family and the owner of Minky
Mink, Shonna McTiernan.
After being turned away from the Ridge Street building,
DiBiase and Gruse tried their luck at the Shirt Factory building on Lawrence
Street--- and almost won. The couple was one day away from signing the lease
when certain provisions were suddenly added to the lease. Two of those
provisions were no signs outside the building that used the words “tattoo” or
“body art” and no tattooing between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. For DiBiase
and Gruse, these provisions were understandably deal-breakers.
After the hassle with Glen Falls, Pink Raven Tattoos
found a place to land in Saratoga Springs. I hope their new shop is greeted
with the kindness and open-mindedness our neighbors in Glen Falls lack.