Under the needle

The buzzing of a needle, an assortment of ink and an apron and a canvas to paint on are things tattoo artist Solomon Trofatter has become very familiar with. But in his case, the canvas is a human body, and the paint is permanent ink.

Trofatter, an artist at Splash of Color Tattoo & Piercing Studio, 515 E. Grand River Ave., has been professionally tattooing since 2004, but always has considered himself an artist.

“It was kind of a unique situation for me because I was 14 when I did my very first tattoo, and I tattooed on my friends,” Trofatter said. “So when I got to do it professionally, there was some sense of already been there.”

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Adam Toolin / The State News

Despite having years of experience under his belt and countless tattoos finished, Trofatter said there still is an element of trust between a client and the artist.

“I’m lucky in the fact that the clients that come here to get tattooed by me do afford me a lot of trust, and that is a nice, nice thing,” Trofatter said.

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