Just three months after being forced out of Fair Lawn due to skyrocketing rent, Bruce Walker has a shiny new home for his tattoo parlor right in his hometown.
Jerzey Tat, which lasted about a year on River Road between Krauszers and Shop-Rite before closing last October, reopened Tuesday in Saddle Brook, tucked away behind Kim Bridge Cardtiques & Florist on busy Market Street.
Walker said he's happy with his new spot, which he's secured on a multi-year lease from his landlord, Mayor Karen Chamberlain.
"I have my sign in the front now which I didn't have in Fair Lawn," he said. "And being up here" -- Jerzey Tat is housed in a cozy second floor space above Kim Bridge -- "it's like my own little personal studio now, so it's little bit more personal, a little bit more one-on-one."
Walker hadn't necessarily been looking to relocate his business to Saddle Brook, but a chance meeting with Chamberlain at a local fundraiser changed his mind.
"I was actually at a fundraiser that they were doing for a soccer team and Karen Chamberlain, the mayor, happened to be there and I kind of just expressed to her how would she feel about a tattoo shop in Saddle Brook," Walker said. "She just happened to have a space available above her store that she was looking to rent out and that was it. One thing led to another and now I'm here."
Despite the new digs, Walker said it's the same old Jerzey Tat, which boasts welcoming service and quality work at affordable prices.
For now, Walker and Rochelle Park resident Christina Lisa will serve as the primary tattoo artists, but a licensed cosmetic tattoo/permanent makeup artist will be joining the team soon.
Walker said he's excited about being the only tattoo game in town and believes working in his own community should be a boon to business.
Customers are free to walk in and browse tattoo offerings, but an appointment is required to get actual work done. To make an appointment, call 201-880-4929, or send Walker a message through Jerzey Tat's Facebook page.