Idle Hand Tattoo Takes Over Indian River, Michigan
GET UP TO INDIAN RIVER, MICHIGAN
With a combined total of over 155,000 Instagram followers, the artists at Idle Hand Tattoo in San Francisco, California are kiiiind of a big deal. And as luck would have it, for the second year in a row, the Idle Hand crew decided to vacation (and tattoo!) in a small town even Michiganders might be unfamiliar with called Indian River, Michigan.
Our imports from Idle Hand Tattoo set up camp at the Indian River Motel & Cottages. Tucked between huge trees and a little river right out back, they transformed one of the cabins into the most perfectly cozy-unconventional-relaxing environment you could ever hope to be tattooed in.
And the best part is.. BEAN got to come with meeee! He sat/slept patiently while I got tattooed back to back by Gary Royal and Austin Maples. Bean was stoked to make new friends, and fell head over paws for Instagram jewelry babe, Miss Meg Girard. ◊ And honestly, I think I sat better & didn’t let myself get as nervous as I usually do because I had my sidekick with me. Dog tattoo therapy = the TRUTH.
It was a great experience, and far more chill than any shop could ever be. I just wanna get tattooed in cabins foreverrrr. ♥
I HAD A CHANCE TO ASK GARY ROYAL A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT CABIN CONVENTION 2K15 ∴ HERE’S WHAT HE HAD TO SAY…
You guys tattoo at Idle Hand, allll the way in San Francisco... what made you choose Indian River, Michigan for a getaway?
Gary Royal: Coon club gathering. We head out to Indian River as a shop once a year to visit friends and family, it’s a chance to tattoo, relax and have fun away from home.
Are there any plans to return next year?
Gary Royal: I hope to. It was a rad time!
Favorite U.S road trip ?
Gary Royal: I’ve traveled the states for the last 5 years driving through several states and hundreds of cities but one of my favorite trips was around the USA last year. I spent a July driving around and stopping to see family and friends and make a few tattoos.. a few of my favorite spots along the way were Tucson AZ, Albuquerque NM, Atlanta GA, Frederick MD, Chicago IL, Denver CO, and Los Angeles. And many cities in between.
I know it's hard to narrow, because I have quite a few myself, but what's your favorite/or one of your favorite tattoos? Who did it?
Gary Royal: Too many to choose from but the panther I got from Chris Marchetto on my forearm has to be up there and I see it everyday so it’s hard to forget about …
Tell us a little about your doggie, Owen..
Gary Royal: Owen Jensen, 4 year old Bull Terrier had him since he was born.. he’s the best, a handful at times but also a good lap dog.
Any cool places around where you live where dogs are allowed?
Gary Royal: I live in San Francisco.. dogs are allowed everywhere, Bernal Heights Park is a good spot to walk him, great views of the city and quiet.
And finally, any upcoming projects or events you'd like people to know about?
Gary Royal: Im going to be staying home and working at the shop here in SF.. just a couple small trips for me and back over to NZ and AU at the end of the year to catch up with friends and family, should be a pretty good rest of the year.
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