WWE Legend Batista has opened his new DC Society Ink tattoo studio in Tampa, Florida.
The Kennedy Boulevard tattoo studio opened in January, but the Tampa Bay Times just featured Batista and his co-owner John Kural. Kural has also worked as Batista’s personal tattoo artist since 2006.
Batista, who owns a home in the Tampa Bay area, has finally fulfilled his dream of bringing a tattoo club to life. He recently visited the store during a brief break from filming Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 in Atlanta. The Animal noted that it was his last installment in the film franchise, admitting that he was tired and filming had been exhausting.
Batista told The Times he would spend the rest of April wrapping up “Guardians” and also filming a “Guardians” Christmas special that is slated to air on Disney+ later this year. He will then go to Philadelphia to shoot the film “Knock at the Cabin” by M. Night Shyamalan, then a sequel to the film “Dune”, and a comedy of cop buddies with Jason Momoa.
Batista noted that the high-end tattoo studio was a long-held dream. It took more than a year to transform the former boxing gym into a tattoo studio. He and Kural, who has worked in the Tampa area for more than 25 years, have hired more than half a dozen highly regarded entertainers who earn up to $300 an hour.
“I’m just the money guy,” he says. “It’s completely personal to me. I don’t need it, my career is going well, but it’s like a clubhouse to me. I wanted to create an environment for people who want to get tattoos but who don’t want to walk into one of those tattoo parlors. It’s intimidating and scary and the average person is uncomfortable in that environment.
Batista revealed that the name DC Society Ink comes from his childhood home in Washington, DC, and his motto – Dream Chaser, and their hope to create a space where tattoo artists and people who love tattoos can meet. feel comfortable.
The shop has a steampunk vibe, with glossy black terrazzo floors and industrial aspects like chain-link fences that offer a look at artists at work from the lobby, plus exposed duct work. There are also nods to Batista’s Hollywood career with some of his movie posters on the walls. The boutique also offers luxury touches and a hip-hop and rock soundtrack. Tattoo machines are specially designed to operate silently as tiny needles prick the skin with ink, like mini sewing machines.
Batista has also hired Big Jay The Barber to perform SMP (scalp micropigmentation) work on balding clients who clean shave their hair. Big Jay is a favorite of WWE Superstars in Florida, who are regulars at his barbershop Razorz Edge.
Batista said going into business with Kural was a natural extension of their relationship and his circle of friends.
“It’s a personal investment. It’s not going to make me a lot of money, I know that,” Batista said. “But I have an investment in it because it’s my community and that’s what I love. These are my people.
Batista is still to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, but whether that will happen in 2023 in Hollywood or not is unknown. He was originally scheduled to be inducted in 2020, but the event was postponed due to COVID-19. It was then announced that the Class of 2020 would be inducted alongside the Class of 2021 at the induction ceremony held over the weekend of WrestleMania 37, but Batista removed his name from the roster due to prior bonds, revealing that WWE had honored their request to induct him into a future. ceremony.
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