Fort Liberty has its first ever on-base tattoo shop
Ryan Harrell, the owner, said the idea came from learning that his father-in-law, an Army veteran, never had to leave base to do things like shop or eat out because he had everything there.
“I didn't know about on-base life and to know that there's that many people on-base that never leave, or don't have the ability to leave, or maybe they're young [the] first couple years,” he said. “I thought this would be an opportunity to be on-base and allow them to get tattooed, make it easy and accessible to them.”
American Tattoo Society started in 2015, and since then has launched 11 shops with nine on military installations across the U.S. Two off-base locations are in North Carolina: the headquarters in Fayetteville and another in Jacksonville near Camp Lejeune.
Harrell said they have all types of clients, not just military personnel, but also retirees and family members of soldiers.
“So last year, we did 12,000 tattoos,” he said.
The new American Tattoo Society shop on Fort Liberty has four full-time tattoo artists and is open seven days a week.