A new tattoo studio has opened up in a town centre – and customers already love it.
Charlotte Butler, known as tattooist Charlee Darwin, has taken the plunge to open up her own studio called The Descent of Man Tattoo on Mill Street, Stafford, after six years of working alongside others.
The 25-year-old mastered the trade at Tattoos at 58 on Foregate Street after deciding to drop out of university where she was studying English Language and Fine Art.
Charlotte, who lives in Stafford with partner Hannah and cat Sammy, explains: “I didn’t enjoy university much, I spent the entire time telling people I wanted to do tattoos.
“I was really into tattoos in my late teens and have been drawing ever since I was a kid – though it’s gotten much better of course.
“It’s something I’ve always enjoyed doing and my parents have actively encouraged. So I dropped out one and a half years into my course and asked if Tattoos at 58 would teach me.
“Alby was great and as much as I loved working there it was time to branch out on my own. I think that’s every tattoo artist’s goal really and it was the right time for me.”
Charlotte wanted a shop in the town centre and spent couple of weeks looking before she came across the Mill Street store in November. After being granted permission for a change of use she opened The Descent of Man Tattoo on Wednesday, February 12.
She said: “I wanted to be in town but I wanted it to be the right place, I wanted a cosy comfy place for my clients and Mill Street is a really cute little street, it fits the vibe of the shop well.
“The name comes from a Charles Darwin book and I had the vision of creating an old Victorian style space so started looking for antiques, though there’s still loads I want to add.
“I love that my job is so creative and I meet tons of people, as well as travelling and working all over the UK. But I feels really good and quite liberating to open your own studio. The feedback I’ve had from clients has been really positive, they’ve loved what I’ve done and that feels great.
“My style is quite specialised, I do a lot of old school, bold and bright traditional tattooing. I do Neo traditional, some black and grey as well as quirky designs in vibrant colours.
“Mill Street has definitely welcomed me, the shops have been great and even other tattoo studios in Stafford have been really supportive. We’re already booked out a couple of months in advance.”
Charlee is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-5pm. Call 01785 501 486 for appointments.