As a show of support, special friends and sponsors of tattooroadtrip.com go the extra mile by providing us with funds to actualize our mission statement “to promote, document and publish pertinent material, both historic and current, to create a universal acceptance of this 5,000-year-old art form of tattooing as fine art.”
Platinum Sponsor—Mary Jane Haake of Portland, Oregon (dermigraphics.com) was not only Bert Grimm’s final apprentice but one of tattooing’s most resourceful and clever business people. Ever involved, Mary Jane markets a line of cosmetic products (dermalsource.com), successfully owns and manages various rental properties and has tattooed everyone, from art collectors to motorcycle cops, at her posh, tattoo digs in the heart of downtown. As a liaison between the tattoo world and Portland business community, Mary Jane has operated her low-profile, second-story studio for thirty years; the longest running tattoo parlor on the west coast and, perhaps, in the nation. Specializing in tattooing folks with special requirements, such as inking logos for the local motorcycle cops, the SWAT team and FBI, Mary Jane has a national reputation for cosmetic tattooing. “Back in the day, Bert used to say, “When someone wants to get a tattoo, they expect to go to Skid Row.” Not so with Mary Jane, her second floor, down-the-hall, neat-as-a-pin studio is not conducive to walk-ins or twenty-something groupies, proving that longevity, business acumen and a solid relationship with the city in which she lives, trumps showboating, big egos and a row of shiny trophies in the window every time.
Diamond Sponsor—Wes Wood: A strong supporter of tattooroadtrop.com, from the start, Wes Wood and Unimax Supply Co. have worked many years to win the high level of respect and admiration accorded them by the tattoo community. In 1997, when New York City repealed the 1961 ban on tattooing, they looked to Wes Wood to help lay the foundation for the new health codes. As owner of Unimax Supply Company, an international provider of all things body art, Wes is well versed in mechanics, sterilization procedures and wound healing. Creativity in his blood, Wes played tenor sax with the Emeralds on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, in 1959. After earning a degree in English, a brief stint as a Merchant Marine and a few years as co-owner of a successful printing business, Wes caught tattoo fever and decided to learn for himself. After learning to tattoo, Wes realized he was quite interested in how the equipment was made. Though he had little prior experience as a machinist, he was quite comfortable making things by hand. Learning the basics of machine building, tubes and needle making from a friend, creating Unimax was a natural transition. Supplies were difficult to come by and Wes saw a great opportunity to fill this need. “We were the first that I know of to offer pre-sterilized needles and equipment,” he says. Knowledgeable in all aspects of body art, Wes is also a Gauntlet trained master piercer and even studied permanent cosmetics. It was important to him that Unimax stand out and become a leader in the supply industry.
In 1997, Wes entered his next venture with Sean Vasquez, who was working at Kaleidoscope, and opened Sacred Body Art Emporium on Broadway in SoHo. Sacred was a true emporium offering everything imaginable related to all forms of body art. Just a few months later, Sacred moved to 365 Canal Street just downstairs from Kaleidoscope. Occupying the street level, second floor and even the basement, Sacred became what might have been the largest tattoo parlor in history. It was so grand it even spawned a sister shop, Bowery Tattoo. Wes also played an important role in the organization of the first New York City Tattoo Convention. Steve Bonge, Clayton Patterson and Butch Garcia, the convention organizers, found Wes to be their perfect liaison to the Health Department. He worked with the agency to create a temporary licensing for visiting artists and guaranteed safe practices and proper sterilization. “Fortunately, Unimax matches my personality,” says Wes. “For the last 20 years, I work hard, work consistently, focus and not get fried” he says.
$10,000 annually or $2,500 per quarter.
Mary Jane Haake—DermalSource and Dermigraphics Tattoo
$5,000 per year or $1,250 per quarter.
$2,500 a year or $625 per quarter.
MORE GREAT SPONSORS
As our website grows and grows, new friends and sponsors have joined our Tattoo Road Trip family. Each sponsor has been carefully selected for their ethical business practices, great customer service and dedication to the world of tattoo. Our sponsors also include hundreds of tattoo shops that have signed on to our Tattoo Shop Directory. Over 600 shops in the U.S. and Canada have become website partners and work with us to let the world know what they are doing, where they are going and what they are headed for in the future.