When Long Beach's Port City Tattoo wanted to open a second location in Costa Mesa in 2014, they expected all of the regular problems that go along with expanding a business. For a while, it looked like Port City would have an additional problem, the landlord at their ideal new location wasn't too keen on having a tattoo in his shopping center.
"The only reason we got this place is because the landlord's wife said tattooing was cool," says Eric Jones, who runs Port City's Costa Mesa shop. "He took a chance on us, but it only happened because the awareness is there. The TV shows and everything, they make it less threatening."More »