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Pleasure Island TATTOO

Pleasure Island Tattoo is located in Pleasure Island Plaza located at 1009 N. Lake Park Blvd. They can be reached by calling (910)398-0149 or find them on facebook.

By: Tony R. Smith
Staff Writer

As a New Hanover Country native, Dixon Broadfoot knows the beach; having 18 years experience as a tattoo artist he also knows quite a bit about tattoos, “the beach and tattoos just go together,’ as he put in a recent interview with the Island Gazette. To us beach-goers, nothing stands out on the sand more than the people do—especially those who are inked.  I’d like to be among the first to welcome to Carolina Beach our very own tattoo studio located at 1009 Lake Park Drive.  Broadfoot opened the doors to his tattoo parlor on Thursday April 11th and has been receiving a steady amount of business since then.  Broadfoot offers locals and tourists a broad range of styles—anything from custom designs to thousands of pre-drawn designs located inside the shop.  The interior is nicely laid out with plenty of space to create a relaxed atmosphere and an overall family-friendly establishment. 
Stylistically, Broadfoot is well-rounded.  Having 18 years experience as well as being a former owner of Cape Fear Tattoo, Broadfoot offers grey shading, color, custom designs, and cover-ups.  He believes, “a good tattoo artist should be well rounded in order to provide the best quality pieces.”  Whether you’re looking to cover-up an existing tattoo, or have a fresh idea in mind, Broadfoot suggests setting up a consultation first to get the best possible outcome.  The more time spent with the tattoo in mind, the better.  Consultations are also a great time to really consider the idea for a tattoo and see it drawn on paper first.  The artist and customer can bounce ideas off each other while getting to know what to expect for the tattoo.  On tattooing, Broadfoot states that the two most important factors to him are quality and longevity.  He wants to provide outstanding quality to locals and tourists where he aims to “stay put,” so to speak, in Carolina Beach.
Soon to join the shop is tattoo artist Brittani Turpin who’s had a few years experience in the business.  She’s scheduled to begin tattoo sessions on Tuesday, May 14th and is sure to provide a female perspective in the creative art for those who prefer it.  The shop accepts walk-ins, but appointments are preferred—especially for larger, more custom-made designs.  As mentioned, the artists offer consultations to give their opinion and detail what the design will be on paper first to give it a better look on skin.  Tattoos start at a minimum of $60 with the rate going up for more detailed and larger pieces. 
Pleasure Island Tattoo also offers art, jewelry, clothing, and more. Opening the doors for the shop, Broadfoot met a few challenges, however in a recent interview, he says “I’d just like to thank everyone helping me get set-up and I’m just excited to be established in the area.” The hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 12pm-9pm and Sundays 12pm-6pm.  Contact them for an appointment at 910.398.0149 or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Additionally, Pleasure Island Tattoo has a Facebook page!  Friend them for all the latest news and happenings in the shop and see their tattoos in progress as well as the ones already healed!