LOWELL | Retired Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy George Domazet, owner of Charmed Tattoo Body Piercing, said his interest in tattoos began in 2000.
“I started getting tattoos from various studios across the country,” Domazet said. “I received my first tattoo in 2000 at Altered Images in Lynnwood, Ill.”
Domazet said he became interested in the art of body piercing in 2009.
“We were originally going to open a stand-alone body piercing studio in Lowell but after we thought about it, we decided that tattoos and body piercing went hand in hand,” Domazet said.
Domazet chose to locate his shop at 416 E. Commercial because of the town’s diverse population and to help bring business to downtown Lowell.
“Lowell's historic district has seemed to struggle with thriving businesses,” he said. “We chose that area to help bring business back to the old town.”
Domazet said he wanted to bring a new look to tattoo studios.
“I have been to tattoo studios where I was uncomfortable walking in and it was kind of a scary experience,” Domazet said. “I wanted to open a studio where everyone from all walks of life was comfortable walking in.”
Domazet said he envisioned a studio at which clients would get top quality work at an affordable price.
He said there are many trends in the tattoo industry.
“As far as tattoos, we still see a lot of traditional artwork and a lot of memorial tattoos,” Domazet said.
Domazet said his clients range from nurses to construction workers to doctors, lawyers and school teachers.
“We have clients who have survived breast cancer and clients who suffer from fibromyalgia,” Domazet said. “We try to accommodate our clients’ needs. We offer numbing cream to help take the edge off when getting tattoos if needed. And we offer private rooms for clients who request privacy.”
Domazet said he plans to offer tattoo removal for his clients in the near future.
During October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, Charmed Tattoo & Body Piercing offered specials on breast cancer tattoos with proceeds donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Domazet spent 10 years as a Lake County Sheriff’s deputy, working 15 years for the department. He was a patrolman, an evidence technician in the crime lab and a motorcycle officer in the traffic division.