Couple open Yandina's first tattoo parlour since bikie days
THE first Yandina tattoo parlour since the infamous bikie days has opened and it couldn't be a further cry from the outlaw association.
New laws allowed The People's Ink to have a soft opening late last year before an official launch next month.
The couple behind the shop, soon-to-be-hitched Ryan Steinbeck and Astrid Schirnnack, are community orientated, spiritual people, not leather jacket, denim-clad rev-heads.
"We were a little bit nervous given the reputation with tattoo parlours, but once the community got talking to us they soon realised,” Ms Schirnack said.
"We're not the tough guy tattoos, it's more about the holistic approach.
"Something we find ourselves doing is helping people through grief or trauma through tattoos.
"When you come into the store, there's always fresh plants, tea and water, and we help relax clients.
"Just try to be more personal.”
Mr Steinbeck said he's always had a passion for art and graffiti, which naturally merged to the needle.
He's been involved in the industry for the past seven years, working in various Noosa centres.
"We just fell in love with the area and signed on almost the same day,” Mr Steinbeck said.
"I'm really looking forward to showing the community what we do here.”
The People's Ink will celebrate its official opening on March 10 with the following one-offs.
They're offering $50 flash tattoos on a "first in first served” basis, plus a free BBQ, fire dancing and live music.