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Ink 101 owners Alex Trevino and Phil Constantineau.
Ink 101 owners Alex Trevino and Phil Constantineau.

Ink 101 tattoo shop / gallery opening in Third Ward

A new tattoo shop and art gallery, Ink 101, will open within a week in the Third Ward, 240 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 101. Jeanerations was previously in this space.

The shop will have four tattoo artists to start with, along with piercing services, clothing (Sullen, Hardnox, etc.) and post-tattoo skin care products by H2Ocean.

Ink 101 co-owners Alex Trevino and Phil Constantineau had a business relationship before: Constantineau gave Trevino many tattoos at his former tattoo shop, Original Brew City Tattoo Co., 4243 W. Lisbon Ave.

The two decided to partner up and open an art-focused tattoo shop in the Third Ward. The space features an art gallery and they plan to take part in Third Ward Gallery Night events.

"It goes beyond tattoos for us. We live and breathe art," says Constantineau.

The upscale space, commitment to art and involvement in neighborhood events reminds me of when Adambomb, now on MLK Drive, was located on 2nd St. in the Industri Cafe space.

Constantineau, originally from Miami, later moved to Albuquerque, N.M. He started practicing tattooing at the age of 13 on grapefruits and chicken breasts, and gave his first real tattoo at the age of 17. Constantineau's mother lives in Milwaukee and he now considers it his home, too.

Ink 101 will also house two movie lounges featuring seating and large screens. The lounges will provide comfortable waiting space for clients' friends and family. Plus, the screens are visible to the person getting a tattoo so she or he can have a distraction if need be. The lounges will also serve as a place for the tattoo artists to unwind in between tattoos.

"It's a place for them to clear their minds after giving their clients 100 percent of their focus," says Constantineau.

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