By Belinda M. Paschal
PIQUA — A correspondence art program at age 13 led to a lifelong creative passion for Anthony Dowell.
After taking courses through the Art Instructional School in Minneapolis, Dowell — also known as “Tattooman” — began honing his skills in the skin game a few years later.18.
“I’ve been into art since elementary school,” Dowell said. “I started doing tattoos when I was 18, after someone told me that my particular style of art would be good for tattoos.”
After working for another shop (a competitor he declined to name), Dowell decided to go into business for himself and opened his own tattoo studio, Creative Chaos, 529 N. Main St., about two weeks ago. There, he works with another artist, Davis Kaczmarek. Both are certified by the American Red Cross in bloodborne pathogens training for tattooing, as well as in adult first aid, CPR and AED (automated external defibrillation).
Dowell does a combination of his own designs, as well as custom and freehand designs, and does frequent research on different types of tattoos, he said. He prefers that customers get art that holds significance to them rather than jumping on trend bandwagons.
“My favorite pieces to do are detailed pieces,” said Dowell, who sports 17 tats of his own. “Also, if a tattoo has meaning to it — which it should — I enjoy doing it. Big or small, it doesn’t matter if it’s detailed. It could be a scribble that their kid did, as long as it has meaning to them. That’s really the basis of a good tattoo.”
Dowell prides himself on being an “honest businessman who believes in keeping prices fair” and providing high-quality art. His average rate is $100 for an hourlong tattooing session.
“I like to see people have respect for themselves and get good quality rather than have someone botch it up at their house,” he said.
Creative Chaos will hold its official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14. If you’re looking to get some body art, call the studio at (937) 773-2465 and they’ll pencil — or rather, ink — you in.