For artist and Ellington resident Joe Niderno, it was time to get out on his own professionally and do his own thing. For him, this meant opening the first tattoo studio ever in Ellington – Sky’s The Limit Studio.
Niderno said that he has been drawing since he was a child, went to Manchester Community College for graphic design, did a tattoo apprenticeship, and then worked at a few different places before setting out on his own.
He wanted a different kind of environment than other tattoo studios, and brought in a unique, and classier, element. The studio is very discreet and low-key, with an inviting feel. On one side of the tattooing room is all the tattoo ink and equipment, and on the other is a wall full of paintings that Niderno has done.
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He has another room that he will use as an office and somewhere to work on his artwork. With this semi-private studio, everything is appointment only, Niderno said that he can work on his artwork if he doesn’t have a client.
The friendly and relaxing atmosphere makes it a nice place for his family to come hang out. Somewhere down the road, he would maybe like to do some kind of art classes for children, bringing even more of the family element in.
Niderno, who has been tattooing for approximately five years, says he doesn’t portray himself as a “typical” tattoo artist, noting that he keeps his tattoos covered for the most part, doesn’t wear black death metal t-shirts, and always tries to be approachable and not intimidating.
He says the same thing about his business, pointing out how there are some traditional aspects about it, but that it is also very different. According to Niderno, some of the feel and vibe came from ideas he took from visiting art galleries.
“It’s something I’ve never seen before, I tried to create it for myself,” he said of his studio.
There will be a grand opening event on Saturday evening and Niderno will consider himself officially open for business this weekend. He said he has a clientele already built up – people who already know his work and who he has tattooed – but is curious to see what new clients he gets.
As for starting out on his own?
“I’m excited, and a little nervous,” he said.