Owners of one of Norwalk’s newest businesses – Rock Bottom Tattoo – are thrilled with their welcome to the community as they proudly show off artist-owner Justin Jay’s tattooing skills.
“We’ve had a great welcome and we’re super excited to be here, says Jay, a tattoo artist for more than 16 years. “We are proud to bring our professional experience and knowledge here to run a good shop.”
Jay and co-owner Nicole Lynn opened the shop at 1043 Sunset, Suite 2, with a Norwalk Area Chamber ribbon cutting March 2. “Our commitment is to have a comfortable atmosphere, a place of positive energy where people can relax and have a great experience,” Jay said.
Jay’s specialty is photo-realism, especially portraiture, and his work has included portraits of clients’ children, grandparents and even favorite entertainers, such as actress Marilyn Monroe. Recent portraits included musicians Kid Rock and Jim Morrison.
Jay fell in love with the art of tattooing, he says, while working in airbrushing designs on objects like motorcycles and helmets and observing tattoo artists which led to getting his own tattoos. “I pushed myself to become versatile, did an apprenticeship, worked several years in shops in Las Vegas and a number of shops the Des Moines metro as well as co-owned a shop here,” he said.
He returned to Des Moines two years and a half years ago and began looking for a location. “Norwalk looked like a good spot. Des Moines itself is saturated with tattoo shops,” he said.
Jay and Lynn will market the new business through radio ads on 103.3, flyers and word of mouth. “Tattooing today is mainstream and people of all types and backgrounds are proud to show off their tattoos. I’ve won awards and been profiled in some smaller magazines in the industry,” he said. “My work speaks for itself.”
The business name – Rock Bottom Tattoo – was a suggestion from a friend as well as a reflection of Jay’s love of music. He’s also a drummer but too busy currently to play in a band. “I asked a friend for good names and he almost immediately said Rock Bottom Tattoo and I liked it.”
As co-owners Justin and Nicole will manage the business. Shop hours will be noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Appointments can be made by phone at 515-981-4300 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk-ins will be welcome, too. Minimum age for a tattoo in Iowa is 18.