Plans approved for new tattoo studio in Harrogate
Last updated Apr 18, 2024
Some of Marco Giusti's tattoos.

A planning application for a new tattoo studio in Harrogate has been approved.

Applicant Marco Giusti submitted a change of use plan to North Yorkshire Council last month. It was approved on Tuesday, April 16.

It proposed to convert the unit currently occupied by the Chihuahua Lounge café, on Knaresborough Road, into a tattoo studio.

Mr Giusti, who moved to York from Italy six years ago, told the Stray Ferret the company, which will be called Dark Lab Tattoos, will offer predominantly “black and grey realism and ornamental tattoos”.

He added:

“As a studio, we will be able to offer people the right artist for the type of work they are looking for.

“This includes for traditional, realism, lettering, geometric, blackwork and fine line tattoos. Any style is welcome.”

The business will be based in the Chihuahua Lounge unit.

Mr Giusti said Dark Lab Tattoos will also offer piercing services, as well as custom prints and clothing.

He said he decided to open in Harrogate because it a “beautiful town with a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere”.

The refurbishment of the unit will cost around £25,000, he added.

Mr Giusti said all tattoos will have a £50 minimum charge, but prices will range from £80 per hour up to £400-£500 for a full day of tattooing (around six hours). He added:

“Occasionally we will be hosting walk-in days, where some designs may cost less than the minimum charge.”

Dark Lab Tattoos is expected to open at the beginning of June.

It will be open Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 6pm.

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