New tattoo shop makes its mark on Craig
June 7, 2013
A new tattoo shop is trying to make its mark on Craig, inking locals with a variety of art unique to each customer's taste.
Wolf Tattoo opened March 26 in a 1,600-square-foot retail space along Victory Way.
"It's been absolutely fabulous," said Clifford Fisher, who owns the shop. His nickname is Wolf — a name he acquired because "my (facial) hair grows out all crazy when I grow it long. And it's my favorite animal."
Fisher spent $30,000 to get the tattoo shop up to par, painting walls, refinishing the floors and adding a variety of art to the retail space that sat vacant for two years prior to Wolf Tattoo's opening.
However, he didn't take out a loan to pay for the upgrades. Instead he worked his tail off, refinishing floors in Steamboat to pay for the new business.
It hasn't been an easy road for the 41-year-old, who moved to Craig in 2008. For decades, he abused drugs and alcohol and spent four years in prison.
"July 3 is seven years of being clean and sober," Fisher said. "No one who works for me does drugs."
He sees his new business as an opportunity to give back to the community, he said.
During the Grand Olde West Days during Memorial Day Weekend in Craig, he and his four employees set up a face-painting and fake tattoo booth in front of the tattoo shop for children. The group raised $170.
That night, he ordered $170 worth of paint so he can teach local kids how to paint on canvas once a month on Tuesday nights at his shop.
"I can finally give back a little bit," he said. "I think every kid should express their inner artist. Not every kid knows that they're an artist until they put a paintbrush in their hand."
He has high hopes for his new store. Eventually, he wants to add a variety of merchandise for customers to purchase, including clothing and jewelry. He even wants to get a nail artist on board to do manicures.
Tattoos start at about $80 for a fist-size tattoo and go up in price depending on the intricacy and size.
Craig resident Vanessa Gray recently got a tattoo from Fisher on her leg.
"I heard he was really good, and I'm addicted to ink," she said. "I didn't really feel nothing. He's really light handed."
One of Fisher's employees, Matt Mcneilly, enjoys his new job.
"I like making people happy, man," Mcneilly said. "Seeing the excitement on people's faces."