For one week, and one week only, King Island has welcomed their first professional tattoo artist into the community.
Devonport artist Jim Atkins of Jim's Gun-fx tattoo studios flew into King Island on Monday morning, ready to tackle a fully-booked week of tattooing.
Based out of a recently-constructed tattoo studio at Currie, Mr Atkins said he jumped at the opportunity to come across to the island.
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"I'm always stuck in my own shop, and have always wanted to travel but it's always been crazy busy at work," he said.
"But I thought, life is short, why not get out there?"
The idea was first posed to him by Currie local Nita Walker, who previously has had to fly to Devonport to get her tattoos done at Mr Atkins' studio.
"People kept asking me how it cost, and saying how expensive flights (from King Island) are," Ms Walker said.
"I had a chat to Jim, and looked for expressions of interest from the community. We got 48 responses (within days)."
That was the easy part, Ms Walker said.
"It was a massive push to get it done.
"I approached the King Island Council, telling them what I had in mind... and met with Public Health who came through the building and left me with an incredibly long list of things to do.
"At the last minute, we got the building up to standard," she said.
She said the struggle was worth it.
"We've got 15 bookings for the week, and they're not small bookings," Ms Walker said.
One such booking is a full Pirates of the Caribbean themed sleeve, which will take 9 hours to complete - Mr Atkins is particularly excited about that one.
"Jim will be starting at 9am, finishing between 7 and 8pm most nights.
"We were fully booked out a month before he got here, and it was only yesterday someone was asking when he's coming back."
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