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1/24/2012 1:13:00 PM
New ownership in Cottonwood for Avatar Tat 2
VVN/Philip WrightAvatar Tat 2 is now under new ownership. Jimmy Henry, (right), and Summer Henry are the new owners. Andrew Tamayo is an experienced tattoo artist and piercer who is new to Avatar Tat 2.
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Avatar Tat 2 is now under new ownership. Jimmy Henry, (right), and Summer Henry are the new owners. Andrew Tamayo is an experienced tattoo artist and piercer who is new to Avatar Tat 2.
Avatar Tat 2 at 18 N. Main St. in Cottonwood is now under new ownership. Jimmy and Summer Henry took over the business Jan. 1.
Avatar Tat 2 at 18 N. Main St. in Cottonwood is now under new ownership. Jimmy and Summer Henry took over the business Jan. 1.

Philip Wright
Staff Reporter


COTTONWOOD – Jimmy and Summer Henry purchased Avatar Tat 2 at 18 N. Main St. on Jan. 1.

Summer describes the shop as being unlike any other. “When you walk through the doors, you immediately feel a sense of home,” she said.

She explained that because the business is family owned, and because she and Jimmy commute everyday from Prescott Valley, they wanted their shop to be warm and inviting. Summer said customers will find green plants, sophisticated artwork and warm, earth tones on the walls. Overall, Summer said the environment is clean and sterile.

In addition to tattoos, the couple sells a wide variety of jewelry, including necklaces, bracelets, and, coming soon, hair accessories made by Summer.

Summer has been tattooing for more than four years in the Prescott Valley area. She apprenticed under Jay Diaz, originally from Skin Deep Tattoo in Lake Elsinore, Calif. Summer’s artwork has been on display at the California Mid State Fair and, more recently, at the Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott for the annual Dia de los Muertos Art Exhibition.

Summer describes her tattoo work as “mostly realistic type tattoo art.” She does black/grey work, but can do any type of art her customers want.

Andrew Tamayo is a tattoo artist new to Avatar Tat 2. He has been tattooing for nearly seven years, and he has apprenticed under numerous artists both in California and the Prescott area.

“His tattoo art is a unique blend of new school and traditional,” Summer explained.

Summer said Andrew is an asset to the shop because he also is their piercer.

“But he is not just an ordinary mall piercer,” Summer said. “He specializes in all body modification, such as surface piercings, brandings, scarification and body suspension.”

Summer cautions that some of what Andrew does is not for the squeamish. Although, she says these things are becoming more popular and more widely accepted.

Hours are noon to 7 p.m. except Wednesday and Sunday when the shop is closed.

Call (928) 634-7351.

Taylor Waste

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