Spreading self expression
Maverick Tattoos has a home


Nov. 4, 2015


Melanee Rosiak of West Bend, right, watches Billy Meyer get a tattoo from his sister and Maverick Tattoos owner Amanda Baker, center.
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Amanda Baker of West Bend was 10 years old when she and her brother Fritz Meyer decided to tell their parents they wanted to be tattoo artists when they grew up.

“Owning a tattoo shop wasn’t what they wanted to hear,” she said. “But our parents were always supportive. Now they are very proud and happy.”

Baker opened Maverick Tattoos on Oct. 23. With the help of her husband Christopher Baker, friends and co-workers, she redid the interior and prepped the business at 1727 Barton Ave.

“We were shooting for a deadline before the end of the month and we made it,” Amanda said.

She has been a tattoo artist for five years. Georgiana Reichard is also a tattooist at the shop, along with Daniel Trainor.

“I just always liked drawing and I didn’t want to do anything else,” Trainor said on a recent evening while taking a break during a tattoo session. “I did graphic design for a while but couldn’t stand sitting at a desk.”


Owner Amanda Baker smiles as she works on a tattoo for her brother Billy Meyer at Maverick Tattoos.
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What other profession could you design and create a cow eating pizza or a unicorn on a woman’s behind? Though Trainor has tattooed those, the recent evening he was tattooing an hourglass with a lotus and mandala inside it on a Hartford woman’s thigh.

“I came up with the idea and had a really rough sketch and Dan turned it into a masterpiece,” Sarah Szyjewski said of her tattoo in progress.

Though Szyjewski loved the outcome of her tattoos, it doesn’t physically feel good, she laughed.

Trainor likens it to a “cat scratching a sunburn.”


Owner Amanda Baker smiles as she works on a tattoo for her brother Billy Meyer at Maverick Tattoos Tuesday afternoon in West Bend.
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He said when customers arrive, he sits down with them to get a good idea of what creation they are looking for.

“You don’t want them to leave with something that doesn’t work,” Trainor said.

If it’s hate or gang-related, he will not tattoo it.

Amanda said people are welcome to stop at the shop to share ideas.

“You sit down and you start a conversation — what are you looking for and there are no rush decisions,” she said, adding “we also like to ask if they have vacations. For after-care, you don’t want people sunning or in pools.”

Tattoos are a form of self-expression and style, she said, but people “really need to think it through.”

“It’s permanent, which could be a good thing or a bad thing.”


The set up and decor at one of the tattoo stations at Maverick Tattoos is seen Tuesday afternoon in West Bend.
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Trainor suggests people are cautious when picking a tattoo artist and their shop.

“Look at everything,” he said, adding customers should read business licenses and see how sterile the parlor is, including use of gloves.

For the past five years Amanda worked at area establishments.

“I wanted some place to have my kids come visit me and have it a little more family- oriented — let kids come to my shop and say ‘this is where my mommy works.’” Amanda and Christopher are expecting a new family member Jan. 4. The baby will join his brothers Gage, 10, and Jasper, 1.

Amanda has tattoos, so many “it’s hard to count,” she said. As for Amanda’s parents — Dad (Fred Meyer) still doesn’t have a tattoo, but Mom (Laurie Meyer) does and “she thought it was so cool,” Amanda said.

The shop is open noon-8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Visit Maverick Tattoos on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat or call or text 262-343-1843 for information.

Reach Editor Jennifer McBride at jmcbride@conleynet.com.