Event Horizon Tattoos is set to open in Jackson during
June. Shop owner Rich Mooney said he enjoys meeting
people and that’s why he got into the field.
JACKSON — Fun is the foundation
of a new tattoo shop coming to Jackson, by village native and
industry professional Rich Mooney. Many of the county’s current
artists apprenticed under him, and these experiences, coupled with
an artistic passion, led him to pursue opening his own shop.
“The tattoo industry is growing and becoming more professional and
studio-ish, which is a great thing, but I do believe some of the fun
has been lost,” Mooney said. “People have told me that’s the
difference between me and working at some of these shops and having
my own; we have a lot of fun, and that radiates.”
Event Horizon Tattoos is set to open in June, with Mooney joined by
Brandi Stam and shop manager Scott Roth.
“When you get me and Brandi together it’s a fun time,” Mooney said.
He and Stam worked at Northern Lights and began planning this new
shop, which is already underway. The shop will be next to Sonya’s
Rose Creative Florals & Gifts, facing the Jackson Police Department.
“When you’re working under someone, sometimes they try to put their
two cents in too much and it stops that creativity,” Mooney said.
“Since I’ve owned before, I thought now is the time to do it again.”
At a recent Village Board meeting, the conditional use permit for
Event Horizon was approved, and this week, Mooney and Roth went to
the village leadership to talk about the next step, possibly an
There are artists in Slinger and Grafton, but along Highway 60,
Mooney said there is a niche to be filled in Jackson.
“But competition isn’t a bad thing. It can be good, because it
encourages you to get better and options are good for customers,” he
said. “I’ve been doing this for 20 years so I have a lot of clients
waiting for the doors to open, and I’m definitely hoping for some
new clients who come through Highway 60.”
He described his style as versatile, and willing to cater to the
client’s request, but he does enjoy infusing his own creativity into
“I like freehand, which is what the industry is severely lacking
right now,” Mooney said. “People are just getting traced artwork
nowadays; it’s very common. But I’ve been known to just grab a pen
and draw on someone and go from there, as per their wishes.”
This passion almost led him to a different career in the graphics
industry, but after encouragement from a mentor, he seriously
considered becoming a tattoo artist.
“I love people, which is part of the reason I tattoo,” Mooney said.
“I was going to go into graphic design and illustration, but this
way I get to deal with more people one on one.”
Times have changed since he gave, and got, his first tattoo more
than two decades ago.
“About 25 years ago, tattoos weren’t popular yet but my shop manager
was pushing me to apprentice, and I did, but I never thought
tattooing was going to blow up into such a wide, mainstream type of
thing,” Mooney said. “But people definitely value that dimension of
This is generational, he said, and has slowly changed.
“When I started, if your aunt had a tattoo the rest of the family
didn’t know about it,” Mooney said. “As a matter of fact, the first
tattoo I got, I hid from my parents for about a year.”
It was a crown of thorns on his right arm. He has since gotten more
and the stigma around getting a tattoo has faded. Now, it is more of
a conversation piece and has led to Mooney doing graphic work for
various businesses in addition to his tattoos. He said he loves
anything related to art and plans to offer tattoos and create
designs for local businesses upon opening in June.