We had the good fortune of connecting with Terry Ribera and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Terry, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
At the time I had been tattooing for 10 years. I had on average a 6-10 month waitlist. I had been featured in multiple tattoo magazines, I had guest spotted at various tattoo shops around the country and more than anything I was having a hard time justifying that I was working 60 hours a week without complete flexibility of my life and success. It made sense to me, honestly it was time.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We are a custom tattoo shop located in North Park San Diego. We focus on our clients. That’s the big difference. I think that a lot of tattoo shops are very self focused. Our goal isn’t about just using tattooing as a vehicle for our own personal success. I view what we do as an opportunity to connect with people. I try to fill my shop with well rounded artists so that there is someone that can fill every need. From small tattoos to large body work. I never want people to feel like we are too good for them. I want the shop environment to be about the clients as much as possible.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, it’s covid-19 right now. So I would tell them not too… I don’t personally dine in at restaurants at the moment. However I do grab take out. If things where 100% normal my Favorite places are Izakaya Masa in Mission Hills, Dau Fu in Normal Heights, El Zarape on Park in Normal Heights, Park House Eatery in Normal Heights for breakfast, Baja Oyster company in Imperial Beach, Moo Time Creamery in Coranado and Veegee’s Donuts in Encinitas.. As far as cocktails I love the Red Fox, Blind Lady Ale House, Modern Times, and Polite Provisions. As far as what to see in San Diego Torre Pines, Ocean Beach, Hotel Del Coranado, La Jolla Shores and of course Balboa Park. San Diego is beautiful, you could honestly spend a week beach hopping and traveling through North and South Park. I would avoid the Gaslamp, but that’s me.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Denny Besnard, Gil Taimana and Fip Buchanan.
Website: Www.remingtontattoo.com, www.terryribera.com
Instagram: @remingtontattoo @terryribera