A new contender in the busy Blacksburg tattoo business is leasing space downtown, Hell Kitten Kat Tat Shop. Hell Kitten hopes to serve a female clientele that is unafraid to ask for a little goth cuteness to compliment inky edginess.
“There are lots of happy women out there not comfortable with sad shops where snakes and skulls line the walls,” said owner and kitten tat artist, Grace Chang. “We offer sweetness, but bad sweetness. Grrrrr!” Chang growled, laughing, and baring her long, sharp, well-manicured pink nails.
Roanoke Street tattoo shop, Ancient Art, has no problem with Chang’s business. “Competition is good,” said shop employee Tanya Graf. “The more reputable shops, the better for the town scene.”
Ms. Chang sees no resemblance between her shop’s logo and the global logo phenomenon, Hello Kitty, and indeed, she was quite irritated by the suggestion of copyright infringement, growling louder with each question, and not laughing.
The Kat Tat shop is located under the Old Town Hall building on Jackson Street, in the back, and behind a rusting, pink metal door. The door once opened into an entrance designed like a cave, for a restaurant named Middle Earth, which closed in 1970, shortly after opening. [True trivia for the day.]