Soon it is Small Business Saturday! While we've been running Sucker Punch Skate Shop for almost 9 years now (OMG!!), we are still a small business. Pretty proud of that too. With a small business you know who you are supporting. So we'd like to introduce you to some of our friends and skaters we know through roller derby and park skating.
Today we put the spotlight on mrtnq_tt.
Martinique is a former derby skater for GO GO Gent Roller Derby, Rotterdam Roller Derby and Team
Netherlands. A team mate of hers started her own tattoo studio in Gent, Klinik Tattoo Shop, Not much
later, Martinique joined as an apprentice and evolved into a full time tattoo artist who has a neat style,
is flexible with client work and brings grace to the craftswomanship that is tattooing. If you are looking for
a next piece, get in touchwith her.
Check out her Instagram Profile with highlights of her work.
– Martinique, what's your story? Tell us more about you.
"I actually rolled into the tattoo business because of Roller Derby. My team mate just opened a shop in Ghent and asked if I wanted to join her. Initially I said: "are you crazy? I don't have time for this.." But how could I say 'no'? And so I started an apprenticeship with her and now I am working full time as a tattooer.
You can describe my work as fine lined - detailed - blackwork.
I love to tattoo certain subjects like insects, faces, stabbed objects (sorry, dad!), vintage stabbing objects, animals, fine line work, minimal work, snakes, claws, weird structures, marble, and so on - and of course tattoos that have special meaning for my clients. It is very important to work together with my clients.
I therefor prefer making custom work for them in my style. So it is considered TEAMWORK. YAY :) "
"I am a small business and I believe people should do business with me because I really care about what you would like to have as a tattoo on your body, how the tattoo will be placed on your body and I find it very important to be respect full to my clients and create a safe place for them. And I love memes.. I mean.. !"
– Anything you want to add?
"I really love working with Sucker Punch. Awesome people, they have the same work ethic as I have. They care a shitloads, they are respectfull and helped me also a lot when I did roller derby. And acts like this are just freaking amazing. Helping people around you grow, is just a thing we all should do!"
– Now you just make us blush. Love.
→ Go to mrtnq_tt's instagram to browse her work and get in touch.
Do you have a piece by Martinique? Let us know in the comments or drop us a line. You can add a photo for us to share right here and/or social media, only with your permission, obviously.