Ink still flowing at City Limits Tattoo
Plant City's recent change of heart to welcome tattoo shops – leading to one opening almost immediately – hasn't been felt by an artist who operates just outside the municipal boundaries.
Marc Draven was turned away by the city commissioners when he wanted to open in 2004 across from the Florida Strawberry Festival grounds. He set up shop a stone's throw outside of the city.
Appointments at his parlor, appropriately named City Limits Tattoo, are booked a month in advance, he said.
"It has been pretty steady for me throughout the years," said Draven, who is open Fridays only at the Plant City shop.
Regular customer Kim Werkheiser recently stopped in for work on a large tattoo featuring a moon flower on her right arm. She said she wouldn't go anywhere else.
"He's nice and very professional," the Plant City resident said, adding that the atmosphere is very pleasant.
Draven got into the tattoo business 18 years ago after receiving a college degree in graphic design.
He has shops in Plant City and Tampa; he plans to open in Orlando soon. He said he'd consider selling his Plant City location at 4415 W. U.S. 92 after he opens in Orlando if he found a suitable buyer.
Otherwise, he'll keep the location open. There's plenty of business to go around, he said.
"It's a lifestyle not a livelihood," he said.