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Valdosta tattoo shop hopes to bounce back after reopening

Posted at 7:20 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 19:20:46-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) — One Valdosta tattoo artist is hoping he can bounce back after closing during his busiest time of the year.

Russ Anderson owns Ink Addiction Tattoo Studio in Valdosta.

He says income tax returns usually bring in the most business out of the year.

In anticipation of the extra money, Anderson opened up two extra locations. Then, stay at home orders caused him to have to shut down every location.

Anderson says he's happy to be back to work and hoping that he'll still see income tax and stimulus check money.

"The tax season is definitely something that we depend on," said Anderson. "With it being shut down right at prime time was pretty devastating. Not to get a nest egg to get through the slow times and having to live with whatever we could scratch up has been a challenge."

Anderson says he was able to make money during the closure by selling masks and gloves that he normally sells to other tattoo and piercing shops.

Upon reopening, he says he plans to make everyone wear a masks and limit the number of people inside the studio in order to keep everyone safe.