Idle Hand Tattoo Takes Over Indian River, MichiganIdle Hand Tattoo Takes Over Indian River, MichiganIdle Hand Tattoo Takes Over Indian River, MichiganIdle Hand Tattoo Takes Over Indian River, MichiganIdle Hand Tattoo Takes Over Indian River, Michigan

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.

 

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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.

 

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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 …

 

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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.

 

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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.

 


 

CHECK OUT GARY ROYAL AND THE REST OF THE CREW ON INSTAGRAM ↓

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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