Let the Construction Commence
Story by Casey Laughter, Daily Flipz Staff Writer
A unique flavor of art is coming to the Oregon Historic District in Dayton, Ohio. With a name inspired by David Bowie, five friends are opening Rebel Rebel Tattoo at 452 Fifth Street on March 3, according to a post on Facebook.
Rebel Rebel Tattoo will take over a vacant space following the closure of Glenn Scott Tattoo. Tattoo veteran Robbie Bauer, Kettering resident, has finally ventured off to start a new chapter, not only in his life but his tattooing career, alongside friend and business partner, Josh Wilson. With the Glenn Scott shop closing in the Oregon District on Fifth Street in Dayton, the pair saw this as the prime opportunity to continue their tattooing as their own bosses.
“It seemed like the best time for all of us,” Bauer said.
“Talent-wise, Rebel Rebel Tattoo is going to be the best shop in Dayton,” Wilson added.
Bauer and Wilson are not the only one extending themselves to new heights, but alongside them are artists Kevin McKinnon and Jessica Poole. Additionally, there is Leslea Hipp, who is currently titled and shop manager and just beginning her tattoo career.
“I am not a tattooer yet, but it is my future goal,” Hipp confirmed.
Back in November, when artist Jessica Poole left Truth & Triumph, 3808 Little York Road, Dayton, her action initiated talk amongst the friends to finally get out on their own and buy a shop.
“That was what got us going. The wind kind of got knocked out of our sails a bit. As much as we all love tattooing, we didn’t enjoy being at Truth & Triumph super late, and working all the time for a place we did not fully represent,” Bauer said.
The tight-knit group of friends looked for higher ground when the word was out that long-time tattoo artist Glenn Scott had decided to close his Oregon District location, for lack of management due to health issues, according to Bauer. Scott announced the closure on his Facebook page, but did say his Kettering location would remain open. A GoFundMe page has been set up for the local legend to aid his battle with cancer (Read more here).
With the five artists leaving the Truth & Triumph location on Little York Road in Butler Twp., once the shop opens, it will be by appointment only. The reasoning behind this is that the artists are contacting their appointments that they had to cancel at their former place of employment to reschedule and get them into the new shop as soon as they can.
“With us aiming for March, it will be right around tax time, and we want to fit those February appointments we couldn’t do because of the move,” Bauer added.
Now, one may be wondering why the crew decided on the name Rebel Rebel Tattoo. When asked, the answer was a simple one.
“It’s a David Bowie song.”
“Talent-wise, Rebel Rebel Tattoo is going to be the best shop in Dayton,”
Rebel Rebel Tattoo
STORY EDITED BY SPORTS EDITOR CHRIS POUNDS