The local ink masters have moved from the bottom to the top.
Well, literally, Bethesda Tattoo Co. has moved from a basement space at a retail building on Montgomery Lane to a new second-floor spot on Woodmont Avenue.
The tattoo shop officially opened at 8227 Woodmont Ave. on Dec. 26.
The new space nearly doubles the size of the shop and features one open room with six tattoo stations, black leather chairs and several windows providing natural light. It’s located across from the entrance to Dance Bethesda and above Woodmont Deli.
“Everything that people loved about us over the past 10 years is going to be amplified times two,” said owner James Hughes, 42, who first opened the shop in Bethesda in 2005.
On Monday afternoon, Hughes was tracing an outline of ‘80s TV actor Mr. T (“I pity the fool!”) that he would later tattoo on a man’s leg. He described the new studio as more airy and accommodating for his business.
The business was previously located in the lower floor of a small retail building at 4711 Montgomery Lane, where the studio was separated into two rooms, which kept staff somewhat isolated, according to Hughes.
“The problem was we never got to work in the same room together,” Hughes said. “This space is going to be more of a communal space for us to work together, talk with one another and have fun.”
As part of the move the business has also expanded. Hughes said they’ve hired two new employees, increasing the shop’s total number of employees to nine, and are now capable of accommodating walk-ins, as well as appointments.
The former Bethesda Tattoo Co. location was located in the lower floor of a building on Montgomery Lane (entrance pictured to left) while the new location is on the upper floor of a building on Woodmont Avenue (interior pictured right)