The Maggie Lena Walker statue wasn’t the only new thing unveiled in Jackson Ward last Saturday.
Civilization Tattoo opened last week at 319 N. Adams St., on the same block as the new memorial to the neighborhood’s famous trailblazer.
Co-owners Adam Marton and Wesley Cavendish opened the tattoo parlor after years working at River City Tattoo, which has five locations in the Richmond area. Cavendish does cosmetic tattooing, while Marton, her fiance, does traditional tattoos.
Their space is next door to Saison Market, whose owner and chef have gotten ink from Marton over the years. Marton said Saison owner Jay Bayer told him about the available space.
“I’ve been tattooing Jay and Adam (Hall) over at Saison for years,” Marton said. “Then one day, Jay called me and said I should check it out.”
The couple signed a multiyear lease for the 1,000-square-foot space. Ross Trimmer of Sure Hand Signs did the window signage for Civilization. Marton said they’re planning a grand opening party Aug. 26, with Saison providing food.
“We were planning on getting married soon, but that’s been delayed,” Marton joked.
Joining Marton and Cavendish at Civilization will be Jason Talbot, another River City Tattoo alum. Marton said they’ll look to add a fourth tattoo artist to the shop by year’s end.
They should have no problem finding help – or customers – as Richmond routinely ranks among the top-tattooed cities in the country per capita.
Elsewhere around the block, Civilization’s neighbor across the street, Idle Hands Bread Co., is set to open a second location in the Fan this summer. Its Jackson Ward location will remain open.