71 Tattoo was founded in August 2006 by Marty Williams. Marty has been tattooing for over 17 years, having apprenticed under Brian Everett, Mr Max, and Jaime Trujillo at Route 66 Fine Line Tattoo in the early 90’s. After cutting his chops and learning the ropes, he and Jaime moved to Seattle in 1996. They opened Chrome Ohm Tattoo in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, where they tattooed many of the neighborhood’s eclectic musicians, artists, and students. Marty owned and operated Chrome Ohm from October 1996 to October 2003. Ready for a drier climate and less expensive living costs, he sold his share of the shop and moved back to his hometown of Albuquerque, NM. After working with old friends to re-establish himself in Albuquerque, Marty set out to open his own studio again, settling on a location in Albuquerque’s NE Heights neighborhood, seeing that it is densely populated, has a great, upscale client base, and no other tattoo studios in the neighborhood. Work began in earnest in June of 2006, and after a complete remodel of the location, 71 Tattoo opened its doors to the NE Heights and greater Albuquerque area on August 12th, 2006.
Since its opening, 71 Tattoo has provided Albuquerque with the highest quality custom tattoo work done in a friendly, state-of-the-art, sterile environment, and we provide clients with the ability to pull off any style they want. 71 Tattoo prides itself on customer service and encourages custom work, and we do not steer clients toward acres of regurgitated flash. We work with clients to design something they’ll be happy with years later. We provide awesome, custom tattoo work and artwork, done for a reasonable cost, with a friendly attitude. It’s been a good formula for success. We feel by providing top-notch service like this, people will come back.
Our equipment is all single-use, and our autoclave is spoor-tested monthly to ensure a clean, sterile environment. Our shop rate is $150 an hour, but we don’t simply start a stopwatch when clients come in. Usually, unless it’s bigger, custom work, we can offer clients a flat rate on a tattoo design. Appointments aren’t necessary, and we do take walk-ins. However, appointments are recommended if we are designing something for the client. The artwork takes time, and we’d rather have that time to create something to the best of our ability, so patience, please!