Hidden gem, definition: An expression which means something which is extremely outstanding and not many people may know about.
Amazing discoveries can be found in some of the most interesting places. Tattoo shops, frequently found off the beaten path, have loyal and dedicated clients who know the value of talented tattoo artists. These are Hidden Gems.
The creation of the Broken Arrow Tattoo Company has been a labor of love since shop owner Larry McDaniel moved to Georgia. Having owned and operated shops in Louisiana and North Carolina, he saw an opportunity to expand in his new community in Georgia. Through trials and tribulations, Broken Arrow Tattoo Company has grown with two locations, Dalton, Georgia, and Ft. Payne, Alabama, a home to an incredible staff of unique individuals, and a growing clientele with great tattoo stories.
Larry McDaniel, shop owner and artist of Broken Arrow Tattoo Company, Dalton, Georgia and Ft. Payne, Alabama
Larry’s vision has been to build shops and tattoo families with the goal to lift the negative stigmas; show the local community there are tattoo artists and shops that care about their clients and the community they’re in.
After successfully launching Broken Arrow Tattoo Company in Georgia, Larry knew a second shop was always on the horizon but finding the perfect place for it turned into a new adventure. Settling in Ft. Payne, Alabama, Larry discovered an ideal location and moved quickly and the shop was open within one month.
Tyler - Dalton, Georgia
With a love of art passed to him from his grandmother, Tyler grew up in the tattoo culture as his mom was a tattoo enthusiast. Combining his love of art and the tattoo culture, found himself a career as a tattoo artist. While focusing on black and gray and Neo-traditional designs, Tyler is always learning new techniques, designs, and likes to stay up on industry trends.
One of Tyler’s best memories with a client was an up and coming Youtube country music sensation, Jeffery Babb. Jeffery’s tattoo session turned into a jam session right in the shop With an in-house guitar and Jeffery’s wife on vocals, it was an incredible experience for the entire shop. When asked why he became part of the team at Broken Arrow Tattoo Company, Tyler replies simply: ”Great guy and a great environment!”
Jared - Dalton, Georgia
Jared thought tattooing would be a cool way to earn a living - he was right! Now 10 years later and fully immersed in the tattoo culture, Jared loves working with clients who bring an open mind for the betterment of the tattoo.
“I like mixing styles together to form something different,” he shares. After an acquaintance told him about the Broken Arrow Tattoo Company and owner, Larry McDaniel; Jared checked it out and the rest is history, he tells us.
Sam, Body Piercing - Dalton, Georgia
“My favorite piercing has to be the septum. It can transform a person's entire face and look.” Sam shared, excitedly. Sam loves the art of body piercing and the self expression clients feel with a new piercing. The best client experiences are when they are able to trust Sam, relax and just breathe - they often report little to no pain.
Sam was drawn to Broken Arrow Tattoo Company after hearing they were the best around their region. Once Sam walked into the shop and met the team, she knew she had found home.
Sukoshi - Ft. Payne, Alabama
Thriving in the tattoo industry for 30+ years, Sukoshi loves the tattoo culture. “Before I started tattooing I was in a band and you can't be a rockstar without tattoos, so I started getting tattooed.” laughs Sukoshi.
Realizing the life of a tattoo artist doesn’t require a suit and tie, Sukoshi was all for the relaxed, family-like culture of the old school tattoo shops. He loves doing strong and bold tattoos that share a message to the world. After being highly recommended as the best tattoo shop, Sukoshi met Larry and the Broken Arrow Tattoo Company family and knew immediately he belonged.
Broken Arrow Tattoo Company was built on the premise of creating an accepting atmosphere for artists and clients, as well as maintaining the professionalism required to be recognized as one of the best tattoo shops in the area.
To book or schedule a consultation, check out the contact info on our website under Find Ink Defense!