What is “Weekly ink”?: “Weekly ink” is a new series on Lake Voice highlighting tattoos that community members from the Twin Ports area have and their stories behind them. “Weekly ink” also includes the client’s ratings of the tattoo shop that did their work in the following categories: Cleanliness, quality of art, friendliness, pricing and shop atmosphere. All ratings are made on a 1-5 scale with a 5 being exceptional and a 1 being below expectations.
Name: Mike Freeman
Shop: Black Lagoon, Superior, WI
Artist: Chad Bowman
Client Ratings and Comments:
Cleanliness: 5 out of 5 "The shop is very well kept, clean and safe."
Quality of art: 5 out of 5 "Chad's work from free handing the drawing to tattooing the work is incredible."
Friendliness: 4 out of 5
Pricing: 4 out of 5 "Though the shop rate is high compared to other shops around the area, the quality of work you get for the price is well worth it."
Shop Atmosphere: 5 out 5 "Black Lagoon is a very relaxed, enjoyable environment to get tattooed in."
Mike Freeman's first answer to why he has the tattoos that he does is plain and simple. "I just like tattoos," said Freeman.
Freeman is covered in tattoos almost from the neck down. He shared the story of the portrait on his side of Frankenstein and the bride of Frankenstein.
Frankenstein was the first horror movie Freeman had ever seen, which resulted in Frankenstein being his favorite fictional character. "He wasn't a monster, he was a caring person, just misunderstood," Freeman said. "Just like me," he added while chuckling.
Freeman also added that for five years straight as a child he dressed up as Frankenstein for Halloween.
Although Freeman has quite the collection of tattoos already, he plans to continue getting more work done in the few empty spaces he has left.
One of his future tattoo ideas include his desire to get a portrait of his mom and dad on the opposite side of his Frankenstein piece.