By Tamsin Eames
A Manchester tattooist celebrated the opening of his first studio with a public ink session in the Triangle Shopping Centre on Saturday.
Liam Marland, 20, founder of Studio IX, received a tattoo of the Triangle’s logo in front of shoppers to mark the launch of his new studio.
Fun transfer tattoos were available for attendees and custom designed tattoos were up for grabs in a prize draw, with proceeds going to the studio’s nominated charity, Cash for Kids.
Liam said: “I’m so proud to be able to launch my own parlour and I’m pleased to have marked the moment in ink!”
Liam, from Leigh, previously worked as a studio manager in Selfridges’ Manchester and Birmingham tattoo studios but was keen to launch his own business.
Impressed with the style and location of Triangle, Liam said that he is thrilled to be opening Studio IX in this location – his first self-run studio.
A host of local bands also turned out to commemorate the official opening, with Jerrimiah Ferrari, Above The Underground and Soundtrack To Your Summer performing in front of the crowds.
Triangle Marketing Manager, Michelle Atack, said: “Studio IX is a fantastic addition to Triangle; it will offer a unique proposition, which is exactly what we are hoping to offer our customers.
“Studio IX will bring a new element to the Triangle shopping experience.”
Spectator Sally Revington, 19, said: “It’s such a cool way to open up a shop. I can’t wait to scare my dad by pretending these transfer tattoos are real.”
For bookings and consultations, contact Studio IX on: 0161 8322 459