On Saturday night, a tattoo artist at Sol Tribe on Broadway finished a piece that took seven and a half hours to complete.
His client angrily “nitpicked a couple of details that could have been fixed,” quickly got dressed and left without paying an $1,100 bill.
“It is a heavy hit to an artist that has put that much time and effort and love into something and be victimized like that,” Porscha Butler said, who works at Sol Tribe.
The victim in this case is Al Avila, a tattoo artist from California, paying his expenses to visit Denver.
“He’s been doing this a long time. He’s very good at what he does. It was a phenomenal tattoo,” Butler said.
The tattoo now lives on the arm of Ari Chiaroscuro, according to the driver’s license required at check-in. In Italian, Chiaroscuro means the treatment of light and shade in drawing and painting. Ironically, this tattoo was of black and grey paintbrushes with wings.
“Typically, you build a really nice relationship with someone over that amount of time. This guy wasn’t very talkative, nor very friendly,” Butler said. “Typically our clients are amazing. This is not a typical experience for us.”
According to his ID, Chiaroscuro stands 6’1 and weighs 210lbs. They didn’t try to physically stop the guy. Instead, Butler called the police who took a report. But Butler’s hoping a Facebook post, which as of this report has 1,700 shares, will alert the local tattoo community to the guy wearing evidence of a theft on his sleeve.
“We are tight-knit. We do support each other. And to at least make sure this guy never gets tattooed again in Denver.”