The Tattooed Heart opened its doors in 2000 under Rodger Miley, 19 years later the Shop is still going strong.
Paul Meadows is one of the full-time artists and part owner at The Tattooed Heart along with Grant Lutz, Richard Brumbaugh and Ryan Keplinger.
“I got into this by getting tattoos, I guess,” he said. “I was getting a lot of tattoos right when I turned 18. That and growing up with skateboarding and punk rock had me interested in tattoos. Guys in bands and skaters had a lot of interesting tattoos. By the time I was 21 I started an apprenticeship and learned how to tattoo.”
Meadows has been at Tattooed Heart his whole career and discussed what he enjoys about running the location.
“This is actually the only shop I’ve ever worked at. I learned from the guy who started the shop. He ran it for years then I ran it for years now Richard, Grant and I run it together,” he said. “It’s nice being your own boss, there’s freedom. All of us have known each other for a long time and we’re all good friends so makes working together easy.”
Meadows believes the history and nonchanging staff helps keep people coming in the doors for yearas.
“I believe we’re the oldest shop in Lafayette and we do all sorts of styles but we mainly focus on classic, traditional style tattoos. That’s kind of a little niche that some people like,” he said. “Being around we have the same lineup. We don’t go through a lot of guys all the time. I’ve been here 15 years, Grant has been here 12 years and Richie has bee here for 10 years. You can come back in 10 years and the same guy who did your tattoo is probably still there.”
The shop is open from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Meadows encouraged those who are interested in getting a tattoo to come in and talk so the artists can help point them in the right direction.
“If you’re looking for a tattoo just come on in and someone will talk to you and help you figure it out. Sometimes it can be really easy and pick something off the wall. Of course, we can also help you design something. The first step is always to just pop into the shop. If you get down here and talk to us, we can definitely help you.”