Business: Mr. Blue Sky Tattoo

Location: 6690 Black Horse Pike, Unit 11, in Harbortowne Plaza, Egg Harbor Township

Owner: Gregory Di Giacinto, 36, of Mays Landing

Employees: 2

Phone: 609-568-5263

Mr. Blue Sky Tattoo can handle any kind of tattoo. I specialize in the American traditional style of tattoo, which is known for precise outlining and heavy coloring and shading. It provides a stripped down and simplified look.

But I can do anything. I love Japanese-style tattooing, black-and-gray, new school, biomechanical. I’ve learned many over the years.

These days, people come in with a picture on a phone, which isn’t the best way but you have to deal with it.

We have plenty of nice flash — images on the wall — but people are still going to have their preferences.

During the week, I take appointments Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Friday and Saturday are good for walk-ins. People are getting off work, or they’re having a good time on the weekend.

The weekend work tends to be smaller. During the weekday appointments there are more larger tattoos, which might require multiple appointments over a period of weeks.

Typical tattoos are chest pieces, sleeves, half sleeves, back pieces, ribs.

In order to get a good tattoo, someone should bring some print images of what they’d like. I’d like a visual of what they want on their body.

Normally, there’s a deposit of $50 and we set up an appointment. Our minimum is $80 and our hourly rate is $125. For every sitting, there’s a minimum of three hours.

I take it seriously. I do the research, make sure it fits, and I want it to turn out well. We’re a higher end tattoo shop.

I also build tattoo machines. I’ve sold tattoo machines to shops in the area, and distribute them worldwide. The machine moves the tattooing needle quickly to apply pigment to the skin.

Building machines has taught me how to tattoo more efficiently with as little skin trauma as possible.

Entry: I’ve been tattooing for 13 years. I worked in Hammonton for a while, and then a friend and I opened a tattoo shop in Mays Landing for six years.

We were on Main Street there, but this location on the Black Horse Pike is better and bigger.

I got this location last February and spent the time since working hard to cover the rent and get all of the permits in place to open here.

The future: I’ll have a lot of friends in the tattoo industry from elsewhere doing guest spots. Starting next year, each month we’ll offer opportunities for tattoos you’d normally have to travel far to get. We’ll also be doing fall and spring art shows.

Business editor Kevin Post