The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

June 4, 2014

Quarter century of talent part of new tattoo business

By Trenton Little, Staff Writer

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 — As Chriss Parks waits for his wife Barbara Parks’ horse tattoo to be constructed by Slingin Ink co-owner and ink slinger Ricky Tasker, his three children are shooting pool. Occasionally Chriss interrupts to teach the children the correct way to play the game.

Chriss says that’s the type of environment at Slingin Ink Tattoos — a good family environment.

Slingin Ink greeted the community with a grand opening ceremony May 10 at 1970 E. Main St., Albemarle. The shop has been open since March.

“We’re just trying to let them know that we’re here and we’re ready to serve them,” co-owner and ink slinger Michael Rouse said.

Rouse met Tasker and started working at his location in Asheboro. Tasker has owned the Slingin Ink location in Asheboro for four years. The pair have been tattooing for more than 25 years.

Rouse, originally from Troy, previously had a shop in the community more than 20 years ago. He said the business decided to expand within the area due to him having a background within the community and to make it easier on the majority of their clientele. The bulk of their customers travel from Troy, Albemarle and Charlotte.

“We have a lot of good families,” Rouse said.

“If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be here or have a job.”

Alongside a family environment, Rouse said the main focus of Slingin Ink is the art of tattooing. The quality work they provide builds loyal customers and keep them coming back.

“In the long run it benefits us,” Rouse said.

To submit story ideas, contact Trenton Little at (704) 982-2121 ext. 33 or email trenton@stanlynews