Bringing 'Knucklehead' body art to Prineville
Art comes in many forms, and the newest artist to open a business in Prineville is Tim Thomas of Knucklehead Tattoo.
Thomas officially opened the doors to his studio on North Main Street on Friday, March 6, with a ribbon-cutting by the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce.
Thomas has 16 years of experience in his business. He initially became fascinated with the art form in 2004 when he and his sister decided to get a tattoo together because of a road trip.
"We got one in Oregon when we got back home," Thomas explained. "I watched them do hers and watched them do mine, and it was very intriguing."
That sparked his interest, and shortly after that, he went to tattoo school and obtained his license. He opened his first shop in Bend in 2004. He started a second shop in Redmond in 2006 and operated both for a time before moving to Salem in 2010. He ran the Salem shop until he recently moved with his family to Prineville.
The name Knucklehead Tattoo has remained the same for the past 16 years. Thomas is an accomplished artist in other media as well, and several of his oil paintings grace the walls of his shop.
"I have done some wood carving, painting, drawing and sketching, and of course, tattooing as well."
Thomas provides a wide array of subject matter and styles of tattoos. He takes a lot of custom orders, and he designs both black and white and color tattoos.
"It's custom designs, flash designs, or people come in with their own designs and work real closely to create what they want," he said.
Thomas said he does have favorite genres.
"I like the realism — black and gray realism," he said. "I really like American traditional type stuff — back from the '40s, '50s and '60s. Those are the things I love to do, and kind of my favorite things to do, but of course, when you have a shop, you do everything. Whatever someone wants is what they want to get."
He added that every artist has a style and a favorite kind of art they prefer.
Thomas said he is a family guy with a lot of experience in his field. He is also a pastor.
"I love people," he said. "I have been pastoring longer than I have been tattooing."
In 2004, he planted a church in Bend and Redmond, and he will be moving it to Crooked River Brewing on April 12, which is Easter Sunday. For 16 years, the church has met in bars and restaurants.
"I don't know if I am the tattooing preacher or I if I am the preaching tattoo artist," he said. "Somewhere in the middle, there is where I land. We are looking forward to lots of good times here," he said of his recent move to Prineville.
Owner: Tim Thomas
Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday
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