UPDATE: Rebel Rebel Tattoo shop will celebrate its grand opening party, 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, March 3.
The party include music from DJ Fatty Lumpkin and Tino and live tattoo demonstrations by artist Kevin McKinnon.
Beers from Toxic Brew Company and hors d'oerves will be served. The after-party will be held at nearby Hole In The Wall Dayton.
ORIGINAL STORY: When Glenn Scott Tattoo Team closed in the Oregon District, Joshua Lee Wilson and Robbie Bauer jumped on an opportunity to be their own bosses.
“If we are going to be putting everything into it, we should do it for ourselves,” said Bauer, a 31-year-old Kettering resident.
MORE: Meet tattoo artist Robbie Bauer.
Bauer, Joshua and their team began construction inside of 452 E. Fifth St. yesterday. Until recently, this space was the home of Glenn Scott’s Dayton location.
They expect to spend $25,000 to $35,000 to transform the space into Rebel Rebel Tattoo.
The shop’s design will celebrate the Oregon District’s past but incorporate modern elements, said Bauer, a Middletown native.
Bauer said he hopes to open it in March.
Glenn Scott, the owner of Glenn Scott’s Tattoo Team, closed his Oregon District shop just after the start of the year.
He said changing times and the sickness of his long-time manager were among the reasons for his decision.
Brad Darrell suffered a stroke last spring.
Wilson, a 32-year-old Bethel Twp. resident, said Rebel Rebel is made up of friends who have worked together for 4 to 5 years.
The team started at Truth and Triumph’s Vandalia location and will include a manager and four tattoo artists.
“Talent-wise, it is going to be the best shop in Dayton,” said Wilson, a tattoo artist for 10 years.
Bauer has been a tattoo artist for 9 years. He says his team shares a special bond and will be customer focused.
“We can bring out the image inside your head instead of you picking the picture on the wall,” Bauer said.