It’s not often these days that nostalgia, art, incredible talent, intuitive mindsets, and a drive to be the best meld in such a way that not only stands out as a concept, but delivers as a business.
Lay your cards face up and take note of what’s bigger and better in Texas when it comes to tattooing: 713 Tattoo Parlour seated in the historic Montrose area of Houston is the premier home to some of the Lone Star State’s finest artists.
At the helm is owner Homer Saenz, a veteran of tattooing for over 10 years who feels he is lucky to be surrounded with the crew he feels fortunate to work with every day. After the shop retired the moniker Hot Rod Tattoo in lieu of a name that would help them stand out, Saenz ran with 713 Tattoo Parlour to exude a less common vibe in a business saturated with generic, boasty shop names.
The name also serves to compliment the shops’ nostalgic nature, with the building itself being built in the 1920s. The crew is constantly taking great care in reinventing the 4,000 foot studio with original old-school artwork and signage, a warm welcome to those looking for that classic ink shop attitude and atmosphere.
When it comes to the shop’s success, since 2002 becoming a world-renowned hotspot, the artists agree that the fundamentals lie in the simplest of forms: inspiration, working amongst friends as well as a well-oiled machine of a team, and the drive to keep pushing for excellence in every aspect of their work which spans the spectrum of sickeningly detailed photorealism to some of the boldest traditional tattoo work seen anywhere today.