Grant Lubbock is a tattoo artist and the founding father of Red Baron Ink in New York Metropolis. He is sharing what it has been like working a tattoo store within the former epicenter of the coronavirus. This story was instructed to Jessica Harrington and edited for size and readability.
Initially of 2020, I had two places. One was on East 11th Road, between Avenue B and C — that was the primary Purple Baron, which was in enterprise for eight years, established in 2012 — and the opposite on West 14th Road. Our lease was up on the 11th road location at time, and we determined to consolidate the companies into one store and get the artists collectively. We closed the unique Purple Baron Ink in February, after which COVID-19 hit in March.
I quickly closed the 14th Road location two weeks earlier than the obligatory shutdown as a result of I wished to guard my artists and defend the folks inside our institution. I knew that this was going to be an issue, clearly, after watching the information and listening to about what was occurring in different international locations.
Consolidating to at least one location was a blessing as a result of we saved that cash, and we did not should attempt to run two companies in the course of the virus. I solely had the second location for a couple of yr and a half, so we did not even get to hit a full fiscal two years — I did not know what my working revenue loss could be. It was a heavy weight on all of us, together with all of the artists that work right here, the supervisor, and the piercers.
There was a time period the place I form of shut down for a couple of month — turned all the things off, stopped watching the information. I utterly centered on my artwork and tried to speak with the artists to do the identical factor — to proceed to provide and draw designs, to remain creatively lively.