Success in the tattoo business is quite an accomplishment, longevity even rarer. Willie, at Tropical Tattoos has both under his belt. In business at the same locations since 1990, he understands that bikes and tattoos just go together.
Willie has seen the tattoo industry go from being subculture to mainstream over the years. When Willie became interested in having tattoos and developing it as a way of life, it was the fringe of society that belonged to that culture. Getting a tat was a statement. He still uses that statement on his shirts: I’m Not Your Role Model.
Just as the biker culture has been enveloped into mainstream life, so has the art of tattoos. Women and men from all walks of life, for all purposes, now come into tattoo parlours for their permanent inking.
Willie warns all considering body art to not take getting tatted lightly. Things to consider:
Willie’s Tropical Tattoos is a member of the Alliance of Professional Tattooists and has been featured in magazines in Germany, France, Italy, Japan along with multiple articles in the U.S.
Each year you can attend the “Willie’s Ole’ School Chopper Show”, an event started several years back as the place custom builders, such as Adam Chandler from Chandler Originals and Jeff and Donnie from Sucker Punch Sally’s, met to ride for an afternoon. It has grown to over 130 bikes and is an event by itself.
Willie’s Tropical Tattoo is a part of the history of biking in Daytona and should be a destination during your visit.