Our beloved photographer, Heaton Johnson, loves Pokémon. Like LOVES Pokémon. When he brought up the idea of celebrating its 20th birthday by finding people with fan art tattoos, we said “Heaton, you are our Beloved Photographer, but we do not believe you will find enough to turn into a full photoessay. But if you can, we would love to see it.” Guess what, everyone!
Black Rabbit Tattoo, run by Kimberly Wall, hosted a Pokémon 20th Anniversary Flash Day on February 26th, during which customers were tattooed with their choice of flash art. It cost $100, no reservations were made, and Wall brought in Virginia Beach-based Tony Riccio to help handle the load. Find more of Tony at Ancient Art Tattoo.
Find Black Rabbit Tattoo at 17 N. Belmont Avenue.
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Tony Riccio again.
Pokémon flash tattoos.
Pikachu on an arm.
Mew and Squirtle.
Les Jennings’s Gengar.
Les Jennings, awaiting his turn.
Kim Wall tattooing Pikachu.
Keifer McConnell getting Gengar.
Nidoqueen and Kangashkan.
Flash Pokémon prints.
Busy day at Black Rabbit Tattoo.
Black Rabbit Tattoo, from the outside.
Inside the Black Rabbit.
Black Rabbit Tattoo Team From the Left, Ryan Wall, Jenny Rinthalukay, Nick Moore, Jenna Yenik.
Black Rabbit Tattoo Gang, From the left, Jenny Rinthalukay, Kim Wall, Jenna Yenik, Hali Yun.
Black Rabbit shop.
Artwork by Jenna Yenik.