Shop highlights healing elements of tattoo art
Breanna Goodenough appreciates changing the painful into the beautiful.
Goodenough, who opened Expozed Ink at 333 Broadway St. last month, enjoyss the transformative power of tattoos.
"I really want to bring different ways of looking at tattoos to the community," Goodenough said, noting that she often creates tattoos to cover up self-harm scars or mastectomies. "It takes a lot to redirect your mind to go from a state of cutting and self-harm, to redirect that thought."
One of Goodenough's favorite tattoos was for a person who used to self-harm and wanted to cover it before joining the U.S. Navy. He later sent her a message that he had been accepted.
Goodenough has been tattooing for the past decade and previously worked at a shop in Vancouver, but noted she is excited to be in Estacada.
"I'm very family focused, and I want to be close to my family. Estacada is my home," she said.
Prior to opening Expozed Ink, Goodenough operated a mobile tattoo clinic from a TriMet bus she purchased. During the four years she had the mobile clinic, she traveled to a variety of events like festivals and Relay for Life.
A month after Goodenough sold the bus, she found the spot on Broadway Street that would become Expozed Ink.
"It was just like clockwork," she added.
Goodenough wants to make tattoos accessible to a variety of people.
"This is a comfortable space for tattoos. Sometimes (the spaces) have loud music and a lot of people, that is absolutely not what I am," she said. "I'm not strapped on a set price. I want to work with people and their situations."
Along with tattoos, Goodenough said she hopes to use the studio for women's art and movie nights, and as a space for teens to be able to sell their art.
A lifelong artist, Goodenough started tattooing after a friend left her with the necessary equipment.
"It fell in my lap," she said. "A friend left town and asked me to look after their tattoo gear. From that point on, I've been tattooing. I started tattooing on myself. I'm strictly self-taught."
One of her favorite tattoos she's created was a set of giant mechanical wings on someone's back, which took a year to finish. She often creates pieces inspired by nature.
For Goodenough, the most rewarding part of her work is the healing it facilitates.
"It's more than just pain. It's a celebration," she said. "It boosts people's self-esteem tremendously. (It's about) what it does after people leave my doors."