Ten years! It’s incredible that it has been ten years that we have been in business. Has it been easy? Absolutely not! We look back and wonder how did we survive the first year? What has pushed us to be open this long? Heart, passion, desire to bring a dream to life. Having a strong partnership that believe in one another and never let the other give up no matter how difficult times become. We have learned so much along the way and continue to learn everyday.
We have to thank everyone that has been part of the studio, whether it was for a very short period of time or has stuck with us since the very beginning. Every single person that has entered has taught us a lesson. Good or bad, they were lessons that we will truly appreciate because it has helped us grow and become a better business. Countless moments we all shared together with laughter, tears, joy, frustrations, anger, loss, have been memories that we will always cherish.
Our wonderful clients that have followed us on this journey as well, we cannot thank you enough. You have witnessed and been part of the incredible artistic growth our artists have had. They work and study their craft relentlessly to continue improving to put out the best work possible for all their clients. We appreciate you wearing our artists artwork with such pride and never hesitating to recommend our studio every opportunity you get. Lets not forget those clients that helped us stay a float during the pandemic, there are no words to express our gratitude.
We hope this journey continues for any more years to come. We look forward to making new memories and sharing old ones with everyone that comes into our studio. Happy 10 year anniversary!!!
We are back! We have been given the ok to return today. Thank you to everyone for your patience and cooperation in the rescheduling process. A million thanks for the awesome clients that sent extra funds to put towards their upcoming tattoo to keep us a float through these difficult times. All the artists are excited to get back to work. It has certainly been a very strange time to say the least, but we are so happy that we can all get back to work.
There will be a few restrictions as we are limited to 10 people at the shop at a time. We have divided the artists into two shifts, the morning and afternoon shift. The morning shift will begin from 9:30am-3:30pm. The afternoon shift will be from 3:45pm to closing. By this time a lot of you have been contacted to give you the new time schedule with your artist. You will need to come in alone with a face mask and keep it on at all times. The shop is always kept clean and disinfected after every client therefore this is not a new requirement for us. You will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and a temperature will be taken when you show up. Please, if you are feeling sick please give us a call to reschedule. Your deposit will not be affected and we will reschedule you two weeks after you are symptom free.
We look forward to see everyone back in the shop! I am sure there will be plenty of conversation’s about this unusual times. We know that these restrictions may be much at times, but we will do the necessary to get everyone back working and most importantly healthy. Once cases in Colorado start to decrease, we are sure the rules and regulations will loosen up. For now we work and make beautiful art again and bring some joy to the darkness we are living in now. See you all soon!
We have been hit with a global pandemic. We are asked to close due to the uncertainty of this virus. We understand lots of you have many questions about your current appointments scheduled with our artists. For now, lets all be safe until we get more information on the seriousness of it all. We will come up with a plan to get everyone rescheduled and of course keep everyone safe and healthy once we are back a the shop. Thank you to everyone for your patience in this matter. We will keep everyone informed through our social media pages so be sure to keep an eye out. Stay safe everyone and we hope to see everyone soon.
Hard works pays off, seems like such a cliché thing to say. It is said often for a reason and that reason is, its completely true. After eight years in business we were finally able to open a new location that we can call ours with a clean new logo to go with it as well. We wanted something spacious and modern to allow a pleasant experience for both the client and the artists. Working hard day and night at remodeling the new building we were finally able to open our doors on January 6, 2020.
We wanted to keep the same vibe as the other shop and have an open floor design. This allows the interaction and conversations between the artists and clients. If you have been tattooed at the shop before, you have gotten the “would you rather” question from Josh on several occasions. At lot of the times this would spark up debate, stories, or deep conversations between everyone. When the pain starts to sink in a little distraction is always good.
Creating a comfortable space for the artist was also important while designing the floor plan. Each individual booth is spaced out and equipped with basic artist needs. We are aware that they spend hours on end tattooing in not so comfortable positions, we offer a massage chair, moon pod and comfortable recliners. Along with creating tattoo designs, artists often like to unwind and be creative in other ways such as paint and build. We have an entire open area with different equipment that can be used to get those creative juices flowing.
We are excited to share this new space with current and new clients. We also welcome new artists that are interested in joining the team. We hope to see everyone soon, to new beginnings!
As we approach the end of October we would like to remind everyone to do a self breast exam every month and an annual mammogram especially if you have a family history of breast cancer! As many of you know this cause holds a special place in our hearts here at Love N Hate. Every year we try and help anyone that may be looking to get their scars covered from post mastectomy or reconstruction surgery. In helping out and listening to their stories we had three wonderful ladies agree to do an interview with us and let us know about their journey with breast cancer. We would like to share their stories to possibly give anyone courage that might be going through this awful disease now. You can see that interview on our YouTube channel LnH Tattoo Studio (click here) to watch their stories.
We have reached out to different places to offer our services with not much luck. We would love to continue doing this every year and help out more people. If you know of someone that may be interested in having their scars covered or simply getting areola and nipples tattooed please have them reach out to us. If you work for a surgeon that specializes in mastectomies and or breast reconstruction surgery, we would be more than happy to send out our business cards to their office if they are interested in having them available to their patients. Submissions can be sent in directly to our email (email@example.com). Thanks again to the wonderful ladies that agreed to be interviewed and shared their stories with us. Give your loved ones an extra tight hug today, in a blink of an eye our lives can instantly change.
You walk through the doors of Love N Hate and look around and see it filled with objects, some things that you might expect to see at a tattoo shop and some not so much. Our walls are filled with artwork done by our artist or gifted to us. Statues, creepy things in jars, a framed rock surrounded by glass. Game consoles that haven’t been played with for years, a dent in the ceiling. To you these might seem like simple objects or artifacts, to us it’s a reminder of how far we have come. Everything brings a memory whether a joyous time, a struggle, disappointment, heart break, laughter everything has a story of our journey.
We opened up eight years ago with a dream, a dream to do what we love to do and that’s art. With no one to guide us we opened our first business jumping through so many hoops and thinking that would be the hardest thing we would go through, boy were we wrong! The artist sat many days having nothing to do. Of course, if you know them you know they quickly came up with some ideas to make their days go by faster. Playing the new Madden and competing countless times to see who was the best at it. Let’s not forget about the good old Nintendo 64 games we all loved growing up, these guys also managed to make a competition out of it. That dent in the ceiling, well that’s how Gabe learned how to play golf. Buying a net and setting it up at the back of the shop and shooting golf balls into it. Putting also became a pastime, positioning different shots throughout the shop to show who had the best accuracy. The amount of free time they had was stressful but somehow, we would make enough money at the end of the month to pay the bills.
We witnessed businesses’ around us come and go. Many of them wishing us the best of luck and gifting us good luck statues. Dealing with break ins a day before we were planning an event was hard and heart breaking. Even though this was discouraging, the guys held each other up and together moved past this unpleasant event. We knew then the importance of having a group that was more than just someone you worked with, we wanted people we seen as family. Surrounding ourselves with people that truly cared has helped us grow and improve. Everyday these guys push one another to be the best and our success so far shows this.
Our team has grown throughout the years thanks to their hard work and dedication and of course our amazing and loyal customers. The game consoles no longer are played with and that net now sits in a garage collecting dust. We’ll trade that any day with having our schedules filled with what we originally set out to do and that’s to create phenomenal art pieces that costumers are proud to wear. We’ve had an incredible eight years here but we are ready for our next adventure. Thanks to everyone’s support we will be announcing some exciting news soon. Stay tuned!
Giovonni (Gabe’s son) was nominated by one of his teachers to get the wonderful opportunity to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Explore STEM program this summer. He was selected based on his academic potential and interest in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. This program will provide him with firsthand experiences in these fields. When he received his invitation in the mail he was filled with excitement to have the honor to be part of a great program.
Giovonni is a bright young man that devotes himself in maintaining excellent grades no matter how busy his schedule gets. He is involved in clubs like Mathletics, Chess, and Shakespeare and enjoys attending Chess tournaments every year. On top of brains, he’s also athletic playing sports like Cross Country for his school and competitive soccer for Skyline Soccer Association.
As parents we try everything we can to give our children the best opportunities possible. When it comes to paying high fees for these programs, we think of different ways to come up with the money. From selling candy bars, having bake sales, shoveling snow to the very common raffles. Little did we know that raffles are not legal and are considered gambling. As many of you may have heard Gabe was trying to do just that, a raffle to try and raise money to send his son to this summer program. We were quickly shut down by the City saying they received a phone call from someone letting them know we were holding this raffle and they needed to shut it down. After an overwhelming support that we got from everyone and all the different suggestions on how to raise the money we’ve decided to change things up.
Gabe and the rest of the artist at Love N Hate have decided to donate their time and give back to help Giovonni and possibly other kids raise money to attend this program. Each artist will contribute either a full day session or a predrawing tattoo of their choice. This giveaway will have NO COST and donations will be greatly appreciated. If you would like to enter this giveaway go to our Facebook page for official rules. Entry will start Friday February 8th at noon and end February 10th at 6pm. If you are not interested in entering the giveaway but would like to donate, click here and it will direct you to our PayPal donation page.
We would like to thank everyone for all your support in this matter. Together we can help our future youth be the best they can and not let simple things like negativity or money stand in the way of their future.
As we come to the end of the month of October, we would like to thank everyone that helped out in this event. To the wonderful ladies that came in to have a beautiful piece done by one of our amazing artists and to friends and family that received one of our flash tattoos to show their support for the cause. Thank you to our artist that donated their time to give back to our clients.
The pressure was on for our artists to design art pieces for these ladies that have gone through so much. Coming up with the perfect design was not easy but these artists stepped up to the challenge. Each one of them were able to hear the clients experience throughout the whole process which made the piece that much more special. They all may have had different struggles but it was great to see they were all here, together with the same purpose and that was to get that final puzzle piece.
It takes a few minutes to do a self exam once a month, early detection is important for the best outcome. You do not have to have a family history of breast cancer but know that your odds nearly double if you do have a first-degree relative that was diagnosed with breast cancer. Although women are more likely to get breast cancer this doesn’t mean men cannot, so be sure to also do a self exam! Many insurance companies cover a yearly mammogram, but in the case they do not there are many programs out there that help you obtain a mammogram at low cost or free. We have decided to donate all proceeds we made from the event this year to the “Women’s Mobile Clinic” which offer programs that help you get a mammogram.
Thanks again to everyone that was involved with this event. We hope to be able to do this every year and help more women cover up their scars or simply get a realistic nipples done. If you know anyone that would love to have these services done send them our way for a spot next year. Those of you that didn’t get to come in this year for our flash tattoos or the cover-ups keep an eye out for our event next year. Follow us on our social media to keep up with all our events through Facebook and Instagram.
Next month is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Love N Hate would love to give back! Gabe lost his mother 15 years ago due to this terrible disease therefore this cause means a lot to him. We are looking for ladies and gentlemen that have gone through a mastectomy and reconstruction and are looking to close that chapter in their lives. Whether you are looking to cover up the scars or have realistic nipples done, we would like to offer that service to you free of charge.
We will be having a full day of the artist giving back on Sunday October 7, 2018 at 10am, spots are limited. If you or anyone you know are looking to get in please contact us at 303-936-3353 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the appointment request form red tab located at the top right corner of the page. Destiny will be going through everyone’s submissions to schedule you in with the artist that best fits your ideas. Please help us spread the word and contact us immediately as spots are limited.
For the families and friends that would like to get something to support the cause, we haven’t forgotten about you. We will have a couple of artist that will be offering small flash tattoos that day as well. These tattoos will be first come first serve for $30 each and all proceeds will go to a local charity. Thank you all and we look forward to helping out and hearing your story.
As many of us have waited patiently, football season is finally here! We begin a new year with new fantasy football leagues, hoping that our home team wins the super bowl or simply crossing our fingers that our team does better this year. We start having those erratic bets with our friend and family over the games, like the “Tebow Time Tattoo” bet that was done by our very own Josh Lucero. Little did Josh and Juan Contreras the now owner of this lovely tattoo, would ever imagine how this silly tattoo would become the talk all over the internet that year.
We will be interviewing Josh and Juan on their story. We will get the full scoop on how this all started, what the bet was about, how did Josh come up with this design and what happened after it all blew up on the internet. Keep your eye out for this interview, with these two together we could expect a hilarious and fun time.
The artist at Love N Hate had a busy weekend at their first tattoo convention. Working along worldwide artists was not only an honor, but, a fun and entertaining experience.
Vendors showcased their best products – tattoo inks in an array of colors, newest machines, unique clothing and jewelry. Creative, artistic products and performances beyond imagination! Always a site to see is human suspension, with their ability to push their mind and bodies against unbearable pain. Not knowing what to expect at the convention, the artist from Love N Hate arrived open minded, taking it all in with amazement.
Tattoo contests were thrilling to enter! Competing against talent from all over the world was the ultimate test. Josh Lucero entered a black and grey photo realism Spiderman he created Friday, June 22nd. Forrest Henderson entered a traditional style of a bear skull, peonies with a stone tip wood arrow through the skull.
Josh was awarded 2nd place in black and grey tattoo of the day. Forrest won 3rd place for best traditional tattoo. We cannot express how proud Love N Hate is of their artists! Their backbreaking work and tedious attention to detail was rightfully rewarded and received with great excitement.
Love N Hate is especially appreciative of all the clients that came to the convention to be our artists’ canvas! We understand that at times it may have felt uncomfortable with the vast amount of people observing art at work.
We are also grateful for our existing clients that attended the tattoo convention! Thank you for showing support and getting the opportunity to demonstrate your own pieces with others.
It was great to see potential new clients who loved that Love N Hate was a local tattoo shop. We hope to see many of those faces at the shop, and soon!
The entire team at Love N Hate worked hard to be part of this convention and as a result, it was completely worth it. Even when at times situations were overwhelming, the team remained committed and the outcome was superb.
This was the shop’s first of many more conventions to come. We look forward to traveling for our next convention, so please, keep an eye out for a Love N Hate appearance at a tattoo convention nearest to your city!
The artist at Love N Hate will be at the Villain Arts Convention this weekend June 22nd-24th. This will be the first convention the shop will be attending. Come support our artist, stop by and say hello and check out the pieces they will be working on. If you have work done from us come and show off your art pieces with others at the convention. We will be sharing space with artist that are from all over the world and you may even see artist that have been on your favorite reality tattoo shows. There will be tattoo contest everyday we hope to be able to enter some of those if time permits. This should be a fun and exciting event full of entertainment, don’t miss out. We hope to see you all there!