The colorful owner of the downtown tattoo parlor takes an old-school approach to body art.
Mike Mehaffey’s mother was not pleased when she discovered her son’s first tattoo. After all, he was only 14.
“I had skipped school to get the tattoo from a biker named Eddie,” Mehaffey recalled. “It was completely illegal.”
A few weeks later, an exhausted Mehaffey fell asleep in his backyard after a long afternoon of chores.
“I was sitting down and my mom woke me up,” he said. “She saw the tattoo and started screaming, ‘I can’t believe you did that!’”
The humiliating episode might have scarred some teens. For Mehaffey, however, it was only the beginning of a lifelong love affair with body art.