Bananafish tattoo parlour
By Charlyn Corum, Liz Rozengard and Ty Simpson
After seeing her first tattoo at the age of six, Amber Bananafish, owner of Bananafish Tattoo Parlour, knew she wanted tattoos and to be a tattoo artist.
At 13 she said she talked to her first tattoo artist and by 18 she had begun her first apprenticeship.
“As soon as I was 18 I knew this was real and I had to make it happen, and it did,” Bananafish said.
Bananafish opened her shop a little over two years ago. The shop is located in downtown New Albany on State Street.
She said that over the years she learned about what other business owners had done right and used those tips to inspire her business.
“From seeing all of that I wanted to make my own space a collaboration of all those things and my own little creative safe haven where I do things the way I wanted to,” she said.
Bananafish’s husband, Gerald Kelly, become the shop manager last February.
“This is the perfect job for me, it is not monotonous,” Kelly said.
Bananafish has done most of Kelly’s tattoos. Kelly said that he like her style because it is different that most that he has seen.
“It is not just one style, she is diverse and well rounded and she does a lot of bold and bright colors,” he said.
Bananafish Tattoo Parlour has a chill atmosphere with a variety of couches for workers and customer’s to relax on.
Percentage of Adults with Tattoos