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It’s not straightforward to face out as a tattoo store on Colfax Avenue.
However step inside The Wolf Den and also you’ll discover a store not like some other on the town. Guests are greeted with heat jewel tones, comfy furnishings and the winding vines of home vegetation that give the house a serene, verdant vibe. After which your eyes are inevitably drawn to a neon signal on the again wall: “All feminine studio,” it reads, and all of the sudden it turns into obvious why this tattoo store feels so totally different from its neighbors.
Lead artist Ryane Urie — who’s non-binary and makes use of the pronouns they/them — first opened The Wolf Den in RiNo in 2017 after years of working in retailers largely staffed by male artists. The studio moved to Colfax final 12 months and is presently present process a renovation that may add a neighborhood artwork gallery.
“I needed it to be the place it sort of, like, transports you into like a distinct world primarily, the place you sort of really feel such as you’re strolling right into a forest, and you are feeling secure as a result of your neighborhood is in it,” they stated of the store’s colourful and comforting design.
However Urie’s design decisions aren’t nearly wanting cool. Their aim was to create a secure house for ladies, non-binary and LGBTQIA+ individuals who could not really feel as comfy getting tattooed in a historically male-dominated house. However additionally they needed to make tattooing extra comfy for male clients, who make up a lot of Urie’s personal shopper base.
“(Males) get a secure house to harm and never really feel judged or have a bravado about it,” they stated of the tattoo course of, which — let’s be trustworthy — isn’t at all times the comfiest expertise. “I by no means actually thought of that side till this house was created.”
The store additionally makes use of solely vegan merchandise and is low-plastic, one other side that makes it stand out.
“Virtually all of our merchandise are a compressed wheat inventory or corn starch to create the plastic,” Urie stated. “We’re attempting to have the (smallest) footprint we are able to.”
The Wolf Den Customized Tattoo Studio, 6640 E. Colfax Ave., 720-917-9406. thewolfdentattoo.com