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Come Visit Lakeland's Trilogy Tattoos, Where the Focus is on the Art and The Artist

By S. Mathur

Trilogy Tattoos opened in 2011, and differs from other tattoo shops in the emphasis on art and the artist. Operations Manager Kelly Widner says that "Florida has an abundance of tattoo shops, you don't have to look far to find one. Trilogy is artist-owned and it was really important for us to create the environment that we wanted to work in everyday. And that meant creating an art focused shop that continually puts out some of the areas best artwork. It also meant creating an atmosphere that facilitates creativity."

Owners Squire Strahan, Russell Widner and Alex Knox all started tattooing in the early 2000s and opened Trilogy because they wanted to work together in a more artist focused way. As an artist-owned tattoo studio, the concerns of the artists are a high priority, says Widner: "In addition to being creatively focused we also feel a big responsibility to be a good employer to the wonderful artists we share our space with." The recent renovation expands the space for each artist's personal station and provides a dedicated computer and drawing room that overlooks the shop.

Tattoo by Brent Springer

The artists are not limited by genres, and because all have a good foundation education, they can produce tattoos in most styles. The freedom to choose the style they're most comfortable with allows them to do their best work. Clients can look at their work online before choosing their tattoo artist.

The focus on art has led to business success as well, and Trilogy is best known for being "a shop that is comfortable for anybody to walk into and get tattooed. Some street shops can be very intimidating to walk into for the first time. That's just not the case here. We are a shop of happy artists and that leads to happy clients."

Tattoo done by Joe Lemir

Tattooing is also unique as an art form, because it's based on an exchange between the artist and client. Clients are welcome to stop by and talk to the artists before picking a design for their new tattoo. Trilogy has a solid following of loyal customers. Many have quite literally followed artists like Mike and Squire through their careers in various shops before winding up at Trilogy.

For your reading pleasure, lets take a look at one client's experience.

"Squire is the man. That pretty much sums it up. I have been seeing Squire for my tattoos since over 10 years ago and have followed him to his many destinations until he was able to open up Trilogy Tattoo which just felt like HOME for him.
He's done an amazing job helping me finish up my sleeve and always has reasonable prices, quick timing, prompt service, and amazing work! He is super professional, sticks to his appointment schedule (which I can't say the same for other places I've been to) and is respectful and appreciative of his loyal customers. Even moving out of state, he'll always be my go-to artist!"

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