By Maria Cook
Carmel Tattoo, which opened on Main Street in 2010, has moved to a new location at 21 South Range Line Rd. The space was formerly occupied by ReStyled Salon.
Carmel Tattoo owners Adam French and Michelle Yager-French cited a need for more space, coupled with rumors about the city’s plans for their former building, as reasons for relocating.
“We outgrew the space we were in probably three years ago,” French said. “I know the city has plans down the road for that block, and the uncertainty of how long those buildings will continue to exist was a big factor for us. So, we felt it might be a good idea to be proactive and find something a little bigger.”
At around 1,700 square feet, the new location is nearly twice the size of Carmel Tattoo’s previous space.
“Where we landed, it just couldn’t have been a better fit,” French said. “We’re with a wonderful landlord, we feel like our visibility here is even better than before, and we’re in one of the newer buildings.”
According to French, Carmel Tattoo has exceeded his expectations since 2010, as well as the expectations of others, as acceptance for tattoos and piercings continues to grow.
“For an area like this, to keep seven tattoo artists busy is pretty incredible,” French said. “It’s funny, when we first wanted to open back in 2010, I had contacted a realtor who used to be in this building about looking at a space, and he scoffed at me. He said, ‘Who do you think your market’s going to be in Carmel?’ They wouldn’t even entertain the idea. But even in 2010, tattooing was the fifth-fastest growing industry in the country. It’s funny how things come full circle, because the door was shut in our face back then but now we’re in this building.”