DARBY – The first tattoo shop in Darby opened its doors one month ago.

Iridescent Tattoo and Fine Art opened for business at the beginning of March, the first such shop in town history.

Co-owner Jason Williamson said people in Darby were a little blown away when they opened the store.

He said that they hope opening the shop will help Darby and the south valley’s economy. “People may come to us and then visit other businesses,” Williamson said.

Williamson was raised in Darby and graduated from Darby High School. He was in the military and when he left he lived in Arizona for a few years. That’s where he met his girlfriend and co-owner Taylor Ventittelli in art class.

They both said they have always had a passion for art.

“We want to get people to realize the art in tattoos,” Ventittelli said.

They both have art in their shop that they have painted, including pieces of furniture. Ventittelli said they wanted to add art to some of the other objects in their shop, including their trash can that has a skunk on it and a table that has a pterodactyl.

Williamson said that in their business they want to have an inviting atmosphere. They have plants, art and music to have their clients feel comfortable. He said that the clients can pick their music.

He said that they also want to ensure a clean environment, which is why they have layers of protections.

“Everything is covered in plastic,” he said.

Williamson has worked in a tattoo shop before and said that he likes to help clients see what colors can work for their tattoo.

“Not every tattoo has to have a black outline,” he said.

“We try to keep it more quality; we’re not a production-style shop,” he said. Williamson said they quote prices by the tattoo, not by the hour.

When Williamson was 17, he was helping and observing at a racetrack in California. At the end of the day, he was offered a souvenir tire. He now sits on the tire as he works.

“It is something I have turned into a chair ever since,” he said smiling.

Additionally they have started a bi-monthly art gathering for the Darby community. The gathering is in an informal setting and includes sharing ideas and lessons.

Thus far the gathering has brought in a wide range of community members to discuss, share and work on art pieces.

Iridescent Tattoo and Fine Art is located at 115 N. Main Street in Darby. For more information look at their Facebook page or contact them at 369-5428.

Reach reporter Julia Cummings at 363-3300 or julia.cummings@ravallirepublic.com.

Reporter Julia Cummings can be reached at 363-3300 ext. 35 or at julia.cummings@ravallirepublic.com.