Godspeed Tattoo puts down roots in Breckenridge
BRECKENRIDGE — The new Godspeed Tattoo shop in Breckenridge clearly was designed by artist, for artists.
“We wanted to build a tattoo shop that appealed to tattoo artists as well as people looking to get tattooed,” said owner Martin Deegan. “It’s a good, comfortable vibe.”
Pieces of art cover almost every inch of the brightly colored walls, and resident tattoo artists Guapo, Mijo and Brian give the shop the street cred it deserves.
Guapo was the resident tattoo artist at the former Purple Lotus in Frisco and, when the shop closed after 10 years in business, he turned to an old friend with a new idea.
“He had been talking about moving to Breck, and we just decided to team up,” said Deegan, who was running an art organization in Manhattan at the time. “We then had a mission to make the biggest, baddest shop around.”
After scoping out the real-estate market in Breckenridge, the two stumbled upon a location right on Main Street, and it took only a quick walk around the 1,500-square-foot space to convince the new business partners they had found a match.
“Everything was good, and we started working day and night to get it together,” Deegan said.
When it came time to transform the space into a tattoo shop, Deegan and Guapo turned to their network of friends for help, and everything from the plumbing to the electrical work was done in house.
“I was working in a basement for 10 years, so when we put this place together, I knew I wanted to step it up,” Guapo said. “This space will allow us to host more artists, and people in Summit County deserve to have the most talented tattoo artist working here.”
Since opening in January, the shop already has played host to several visiting artists, a tradition that Deegan and Guapo are excited to continue.
“I felt like there wasn’t enough good talent in town,” Deegan said. “This new location provides the walk-in business to support the artists we bring in.
Even though the business is just getting off the ground, the new venue already has been well received by customers, and Deegan and Guapo admit that the positive feedback has conjured up dreams for the future.
“We want to take it slow, but at the same time, we definitely want to open up another shop some day,” Deegan said. “We’re pretty busy, so the demand is there.”
Today, the shop will celebrate its arrival at 100 N. Main St. in Breckenridge with an all-day open house, complete with two DJs and a raffle, with prizes ranging from free tattoo work to snowboard gear.
In true Summit County fashion, the festivities will continue through the evening with an after party at Cecilia’s Bar with local bands The Universally Famous Rocket Surgeons and Bottled Violence.
“Our plan is to keep things very close to the roots of tattooing,” Deegan said. “Everybody here loves it, and, at the end of the day, that is what it is all about.”
Note to readers: Scott Cooksey bought Godspeed Tattoo in 2015. Cooksey is also the owner Lone Star Tattoo in Dallas, Texas.
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