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Pistol's Tattoo Parlour (41 photos)


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It was difficult to break up with natural light - even for a day. But with a party theme like "Pistol's Tattoo Parlour" I had to bring all of the pieces of the puzzle together - even if that meant yellowing fluorescents.

When choosing the theme of our daughter's party, we wanted something a little out there. After all, with a name like Pistol, the theme had to be equally unique.

The party featured temporary tattoos with easy sponge application, how-to directions and aftercare instructions. All the norm you would see in a real shop. Guests were asked to look through the shop's art portfolio - complete with chronological photos of the family's growth since day one. The portfolio doubled as a guestbook. "Flash" - during the process I learned this term - covered the walls and tables. How else are you to see the beautiful custom tattoos made possible only at Pistol's Tattoo Parlour?

Guests were encouraged to fill out a mad-lib structured comment card - you never know how you can improve your business. They also had the chance to draw up their own piece of art - tattoo inspired or not - that would later be decoupaged to a daring mannequin art piece pre-shaped with a local newspaper picked up on the birthday girl's one-year anniversary of life.

A paint chip timeline mapped out baby's first year and can be reused as wall art later. The full calendar for each month was intended for easily visualizing the time lapse from day one.

Daddy's favorite brew - Lonestar - was offered to all guest of legal drinking age and a tip jar sat quietly next to the shop entrance collecting the birthday girl's preferred gift - money for college (and books and puzzles).

Colorful fruit and veggies filled the main table and played off the bright and bold colors from the flash. The official shop logo displayed on a nearby banner, cupcake toppers and cake topper. "Free Food" signs flew proudly from toothpicks and doubled as food grabbers. Old records stacked up to provide a little height to the cake and guests could rest assured that the shop owner was fully licensed from the main table sign.

Father of the birthday girl, even wore a work shirt - he was on the clock after all.

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