According to a study by Pew Research Group, July 2012, $1.65 billion is spent on tattoos annually in the U.S. 40 percent of Americans between the ages of 26-40 have at least one tattoo, totalling 45 million Americans with ink. Of those polled, 45 percent of people with tattoos think the reputation of tattoo artist or tattoo studio is the most important factor in considering a tattoo artist.
With statistics like that, it is easy to see why a small town like Dixon only has one, quite successful tattoo shop.
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Since opening Algood Ink Tattoo in April 2010, Josh Algood has been an active business owner, not only at his shop, but in the community, supporting local events, schools and sports teams with sponsorships and countless certificate donations. His shop has created over 3,000 pieces of body art, was honored as Solano County's Best Tattoo Shop their first year open, and won several awards at the annual Northern California Renegade Rendezvous.
Dixon Patch caught up with Josh to ask him 10 questions, to help readers get to know him and his business a little better.
1. How long have you been tattooing?
I have been tattooing for 10 years. 1 year at Tattoo the Body Embellished in Sacramento and 6 years at Wild Bills in Roseville.
2. What's your favorite part of owning a business in Dixon?
The best part about owning a business in Dixon is the people. I like that I can work with friends and families that I grew up with and see all the time around town.
3. What's the best advice you can give someone who is contemplating a piece of body art?
Getting new work is very exciting. It's important to take your time and think about what you want. Then find an artist that you really like what they do, and have a consultation. This will give you the opportunity to get a feel for them as a person, also, you can make sure your both on the same page.
4. Being the only tattoo shop in town, do you feel like there have been any stigmas or stereotypes you have had to overcome? Or do you feel like tattoos have become more common for most people?
There are always going to be people who have there reservations and opinions about tattooing, or anything for that matter. So I wouldn't say I have had to overcome them so much as I don't care what they think. I do what I love, how I feel it should be done, and people ether like it or they don't. I am happy that most times they like what I do, it helps with the being successful part.
5. When you're not working, what do you for fun?
I like a lot of things besides art. I hang out with my kids, hike, run, mountain bike, swim; anything active and outdoors. I also get out some nights and party.
6. What makes your shop different then other tattoo shops?
When you walk into a lot of tattoo shops you really know you just walked into a tattoo shop. At our shop the artwork you see on the walls is done by our artist. We are a custom shop, meaning you don't just pick your design out of a book or off the wall. We work with you to bring your ideas to life in a way that fits you. We are also family oriented. It's a very comfy shop.
7. What is your favorite type of tattoo to create?
My favorite things to do are flowers and anything a little different. Bio mechanical, portraits and animals.
8. What is your favorite food?
9. Before you started your career as a tattoo artist, what did you do? How did you decide this was your calling?
I have always been an artist as long as I can remember. I was working at Earthlink an internet company while my wife at the time was going to collage. The plan was she would get a degree and start a career. I was planing on being a stay at home dad. When she finished school she changed her mind and said she wanted to stay home with our new son Tyler. So I started tattooing. I love doing artwork on people and I am very happy I am able do something I love. while supporting my family, that which grew very quickly; we now have three boys.
10. What are your goals as a business owner in Dixon?
I focus on doing good work on our clients and give support to the community that supports our passions and families. We donate to several groups and help with a lot of town events from Lambtown to kids sporting events. I get a kick out of seeing kids play softball or soccer with an Algood Ink logo on there uniforms. It feels good to know we are helping out.
Algood Ink Tattoo shop is located at 1910 North Lincoln Street Ste 100, Dixon. Josh, along full time shop artists: Big Greg, Joe, Carlos and the apprentice, Tammy, welcome you to stop by the shop and check it out, or call 707-678-7232 for a consultation appointment. They also have a variety of piercing options, as well as jewelry and hung artwork for sale.