Alley Cat Tattoo will be moving from its current location on E. Railroad to 216 E. Fifth, next door to the East Fifth Salon, and will open in the new location on Feb 3.
Shop owner Brent Woltman says the new facility and has been remodeled with new flooring, paint and new lighting. The new shop will be able to offer more privacy to their clients as they get a tattoo. Currently tattoo artists Jay Dungan, Matt Doebel and Woltman have their chairs all together in an open area which he says doesn't offer much privacy. The new shop will feature separate rooms.
Woltman says they will also have a fine art gallery in their new shop featuring paintings and sculptures designed by the Alley Cat artists as well as other local artist's work. Woltman plans to also carry more tattoo trendy clothing and accessories in the shop. In addition to tattoos, Alley Cat also does piercings.
A grand opening will be held on Feb. 13 and Woltman says they will be offering a special price on specific tattoos and clients will have a couple hundred to pick from for the special.
Alley Cat has been in business in Storm Lake for almost five years. Woltman, originally from Aurelia, said he had been working as a tattoo artist in Des Moines and Ames but wanted to open up his own shop. "I've always kind of lived around here and felt they needed a tattoo parlor," says Woltman. He came up with the name for the shop from a brand of motorcycle gear while shopping for a windshield for his motorcycle and says the name just clicked with him.
The shop is open Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from noon to 9 p.m.