Tattoo Shop Ripp’d Canvas Artist Social Club to Open on Pigtown Main Street

| June 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Ripp’d Canvas Artist Social Club is opening this month at 801 Washington Blvd. in Pigtown. The retail space is just under 1,000 sq. ft. and was formerly the home of a doctor’s office.

Ripp’d Canvas is owned by artists Domonic Carter and Donovan Bunting. Carter has a background in drawing and painting, and has been a tattoo artist for the past six years. He has been traveling around the United States and other countries in recent years working at tattoo conventions. He and his wife recently purchased a home in Pigtown and decided it would be nice to settle down and open a tattoo shop in their neighborhood.

Bunting and Carter

“I think Pigtown is one of the City’s gems,” said Carter. “It’s right Downtown, it’s right by the stadiums, and it’s a great mix of locals and people who have moved into the neighborhood.”

“I’m excited to work with the old and new businesses in Pigtown,” he added.

Carter told that he does all types of tattoos but is passionate about black and gray, neo-traditional, and script tattoos. There will be multiple tattoo artists on the Ripp’d Canvas team. Guest tattoo artists, who Carter has met during his travels, will also make appearances at the shop.

Bunting has a background in graphic design and will be working on Ripp’d Canvas’ website, flyers, and social media. Ripp’d Canvas also has its own line of t-shirts and hats.

Ripp’d Canvas will also serve as a pop-up shop and gallery space for local artists. “We are trying to build an artist community at Ripp’d Canvas,” said Carter.

The walls of the shop are covered with some of Carter’s own art pieces, as well as pieces he has been gifted, bought, or traded for during his travels. The shop also has a large piece by Baltimore artist Gabriel Kirk.

Carter told that everyone he has spoken to in Pigtown has been very excited and supportive, and he thanked Pigtown Main Street Executive Director Ben Hyman for his help in finding a space and navigating the zoning process. The Ripp’d Canvas space needed a small renovation including new flooring and rearranging some walls.

Ripp’d Canvas will be open Monday through Thursday from 12pm to 930pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 12pm to 1030pm, and Sundays from 12pm to 6pm. The team is targeting an opening date of June 16th as they are currently working through the final health department inspections.

“It’s surreal to see everything you always dreamed about coming together,” said Carter. “It’s time to make it happen.”

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