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    Avanti Tattoo opens as one of the Vail Valley’s only tattoo shops, hopes to connect with community

    When Aman and Melissa Pall moved to EagleVail a few months ago, the couple had no idea they’d be opening one of the Vail Valley’s only tattoo shops in a few months.

    “It wasn’t planned, but it was always something in the back of my head,” Melissa said.

    Avanti Tattoo, located on Route 6 in EagleVail, opened this past Halloween with a flash tattoo event and will have a Grand Opening party on Nov. 2, to celebrate the new shop and ink up valley locals. Kids are welcome to eat candy and do arts and crafts at the shop from 4-6 p.m., and adults can enjoy drinks, appetizers and light, lounge-y DJ music from 6-10 p.m.

    Getting ready for the opening has been a quick process for the couple. One evening, the Palls were sitting at the bar at Route 6 Café when they realized there are very few tattoo shops here. They bantered with the bartenders about it and kept it in the back of their minds.

    Those who enjoy getting tattoos know all too well that the Vail Valley lacks places to get ink. A Google Maps search for “tattoo shops near me” yields just two other results in Eagle County; Summit County has four, and the other results are as far away as Glenwood Springs and Boulder. Many who live here and want some new body art end up driving to Denver to get it.

    “I mean, why is there not one here?” Aman remembers noticing about that stretch of Route 6. “This is the Green Mile, there’s a lot of marijuana dispensaries here, so why not a tattoo shop?

    They got to work. Melissa’s cousin Ben Milman joined up as a resident artist and Melissa still has some feelers out to hire more.

    When they moved into their current space a month ago, they started by painting the walls and reflooring the space. They also removed a drop ceiling and painted the exposed metal white. The space really came together when they were able to use reclaimed wood from the Avon Barn and the floor of an old semi-truck for some of the surfaces, including the reception desk and a soon-to-be-installed countertop for the back sink and floating shelves.

    “This sink we got at Habitat for Humanity in Eagle for five bucks,” Melissa said.

    Once Avanti gets more established, they’re hoping to use one of the back rooms as a barber or piercing station. Melissa also hopes to create an art space for locals and have monthly gallery nights and kids arts and crafts activities.

    Even though they’ve only been in the valley for a short time, Aman and Melissa already feel connected to the community. They moved from Denver for Aman’s job – he now works as a manager at the Arrabelle Hotel – and live right in EagleVail, a two-minute drive from the shop.

    Aside from inking up locals and visitors with body art they can cherish forever, Avanti is hoping to integrate into the community the same way its owners have over the past few months.

    “We want to get to know people and meet people. Whether they get a little tattoo or a big sleeve, they’re gonna have that the rest of their lives,” Aman said.

    And when they picked the name, Aman and Melissa wanted to get it just right.

    “The name Avanti … that’s one of the Black Diamond runs at Vail,” Melissa said.

    She was looking for names of the shop, saw Avanti, and thought it had to mean something.

    “I looked it up and originally it’s an Ancient Indian kingdom,” Melissa said.

    “I’m from India originally,” Aman interjected.

    “And in Italian, it means ‘move forward,’” Melissa said.

    What: Avanti Grand Opening

    When: Saturday, Nov. 2, 4-10 p.m.

    Where: Avanti Tattoo, EagleVail

    Cost: Free to attend

    More information: Visit avantitattoo.com .

    Body found in southeast Houston positively identified as Julian Issac, medical examiner says

    An autopsy has confirmed the body found Saturday in southeast Houston was 29-year-old Julian Issac who had been missing since Tuesday morning.

    The Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office is still working to confirm how the popular tattoo artist died. Police said there was no evidence of foul play.

    Texas EquuSearch founder Tim Miller said the body was found as volunteers were searching for Issac, not far from where he was last seen. 

    Editor’s note: The above video originally aired on Sunday, June 20.

    At a Sunday night vigil, Issac’s mother, Azilie Issac, told KHOU 11 she texted with her son the night he went missing.

    “He calls me and says people are chasing him, three guys, one with a gun,” Azilie Issac said. “I feel like a good person is really gone.”

    More than 100 people crowded outside the tattoo shop where Julian Issac used to work to support his mother and twin brother, William.

    The community is still shocked by his sudden death and the mystery behind it. His mother and many other people want answers.

    “I want justice for Julian and I don’t want to hear you saying he was on drugs or something because I know my son,” Azilie Issac said.

    It was still dark outside when William Issac says his twin brother took an Uber at approximately 4 a.m. to a neighborhood near the Gulf Freeway and the Beltway in Pasadena on Tuesday. It is where Issac’s girlfriend lives, but he never made it inside her home.

    “Ten minutes later, we were getting calls from him saying he was being chased. People said they were going to hurt him, going to kill him,” William Issac said.

    William Issac says his brother began contacting family through a series of panicked phone calls, voicemails and text messages.

    The last documented time anyone heard from him was 5:26 a.m., William Issac said.

    “A text that said, ‘Call me, call me. I’m going to get killed,’” he said.

    At one point, William Issac says their mother was on the phone with him.

    “She heard him say, ’Sir, sir, sir, I’m not doing anything I’m just trying to get to my girlfriend’s house.’ From what it sounded like, he was hiding in a backyard,” he said.

    His brother says the Houston tattoo artist is loved by friends as was shown by the many who came to help in the search and attended the vigil.

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    Kate Moss ‘training to become a tattoo artist’

    Kate Moss is reportedly learning to become a tattoo artist.

    The iconic model is said to have thrown herself into training so she can ink her friends when she attends Glastonbury music festival, her friend and tattooist Daniel Casone has revealed.

    “She said she wanted to learn tattooing from me so we can go to Glastonbury to tattoo people,” Daniel told the Sunday Mirror.

    “She called me to go up and tattoo her and she ended up tattooing me as well, she gave me a ‘Kate’ and a love heart on my arm.”

    Kate has been busy practising her newly acquired skills on Daniel, who has etched several designs on the star in the past, and although the tattoo artist admitted it has been “painful” for him, he was still willing to let her have a go.

    Daniel revealed Kate “didn’t really know” what she was doing, adding, “It was quite painful because they didn’t know what to do and they went quite deep but I thought you know what, I don’t mind.”

    Kate, who has seven tattoos of her own, got to know Daniel after visiting his shop in Highgate, London near her home and the pair are said to have known each other for several years.

    The 47-year-old model clearly has great faith in Daniel’s artistic skills as she even trusted him to touch up the famous swallow tattoo on her lower back, a design originally created by the late British artist Lucian Freud.

    Kate previously said of her Freud inking: “I mean, it’s an original Freud. I wonder how much a collector would pay for that? A few million?”

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