Talented tattooist keen to make mark
PROSERPINE, get prepared to be stamped for life.
Come early April, Jade's Temple Tattoo and Piercing will be open in Proserpine Main St.
Owner-operator Dennis Feijo is just waiting on final council approvals.
Brazilian-born Mr Feijo moved to Australia 10 years ago and settled in Cannon Valley in 2015.
"The community here has been lovely, they received us well and my daughter was born at Proserpine,” he said.
Mr Feijo and partner Tana Bennett's daughter Jade Feijo is the inspiration behind the new venture.
Ms Bennett will be a hands-on partner in the business and is obtaining piercing accreditations.
With more than 17 years' experience as a tattoo artist, Mr Feijo has worked internationally and won five Professional Tattooing Association Australia awards.
"It is the best feeling to be opening my own shop. I've already had a lot of interest and support from people,” he said.
"I am excited for the lifestyle of a business owner that will allow me to open 10-5 and not work public holidays so I can spend time with my daughter.”
The shop is a passion project and where possible Mr Feijo has fitted out the shop himself.
"I've done everything - the floors, painting and I'll display artwork on the walls from every apprentice I've had,” he said.
When asked what his best piece of work was, MrFeijo said his next one - "I'm always trying to do better than the last time”.
"I am an all-rounder, a rare kind of tattoo artist.”
As for his own tattoos, MrFeijo trusts colleagues to make their mark on him.
"When I work with good people and they become my friends, I want to get a piece of art from them.”