Tattoo artist takes gamble on Brandon
Ford sets up shop on Cedar Street
November 25. 2013 7:38AM
The sign had barely went up outside Ryan Ford’s tattoo business – Full Circle Tattoo – in Brandon two weeks ago, and his appointment book was already filled up through December.
Hopefully, that’s a good indication of the business the 35-year-old will do here. Although he succeeds two other tattoo businesses – Guilty Pleasures and most recently, The maddTatter – Ford says, “I think there’s enough business here even being this close to Sioux Falls, which is over-saturated with artists. I would get lost there and this is only a five-minute drive out here to Brandon, which is a clean, quiet community.”
Ford has dabbled in art for as long as he can remember. “I was nine when I decided I was going to be a tattoo artist; I just didn’t know when or how,” he said.
At 19, he started collecting tattoos and at 20, he entered into the business. He got his start at Skin ‘n Bones in Sioux Falls. “A guy there recognized my talent and offered me an apprenticeship there,” he said.
Ford says the work is rewarding.
“You get to create something every day,” he said. “And people put that much trust in you to wear your art.”
Ford said he does his best to be well rounded in his art.
“I do a lot of large color pieces,” he said. “I do have a lot of fun with skulls –they’re great, but there’s no limit as you can be creative and push the boundaries, but you want your customers to have a good, comfortable experience.”
After 15 years of working for others, Ford decided it was time to go to work for himself.
“It was a long time coming,” he said.
Joining Ford in the shop is part-time tattoo artist Miranda Koltze, and his brother, Quint Ford, who has started his apprenticeship at Full Circle Tattoo.
“There is enough space to bring other artists,” he said, adding a third artist will be moving here to work at Full Circle Tattoo as well.
“The chemistry of the four of us makes for a really good atmosphere,” he said.
JoLynn Bosack of Sioux Falls was referred to Ford by a friend.
“I’m very happy with the recommendation,” she said.
Over four sessions Ford inked Bosack’s left thigh with a peacock surrounded by roses. Bosack said she chose the design to honor her parents.
“My dad has a peacock tattoo and my mom has rose tattoos, so it’s a way to honor my family,” she said.
The peacock-rose tattoo is Bosack’s sixth, and she said more are planned.
“I think it’s beautiful,” she said. “It’s art and a way to express yourself.”
ABOUT FULL CIRCLE TATTOO
Tattoo artists: Ryan Ford & Miranda Koltze
Location: 1306 E. Cedar St., Brandon
Phone: (605) 582-2100
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. or by appointment