Walk into OMearicana Ink in the Fleetwood section of Mount Vernon, and you are in a different world. From the amazing mural artwork on the walls, to the unearthly vibe in the waiting lobby, its a work of art all the way. Cross through the threshold to the work area, and its all business and a sterile, professional environment.
Owner and artist Patrick O’Meara is no stranger to professional environments. After all, he spent most of his adult career life in the computer field with a good part of it as a Director of IT for a major corporation. But the 9-5, commute to the city, corporate life was not feeding his soul. His ability as an artist kept calling to him, and finally, a little over 3 years ago, he packed it all in. A man with a plan, he had been saving money for a time, and instead of going to work in an existing tattoo shop, he bit the bullet and opened up his own shop. His first location was on Main Street in New Rochelle. He recently opened a brand spanking new shop on Locust Street in Mount Vernon, a few steps away from the Fleetwood Station. And…that is where I found him today.
I have been “jonesing” for a tattoo for quite some time. But, working in a corporate environment myself, I have been hesitant. The idea for a tattoo on my wedding ring finger appealed to me on many levels. For one, I rarely wear my engagement or wedding ring. For another, it is a small and unobtrusive place for a tattoo. And lastly, what better reminder of my anniversary every year? My husband came with me, and after I posted my intentions on Facebook, I found myself with a small entourage of onlookers and fellow skin-canvases.
Patrick made me feel comfortable immediately upon arrival. After patiently answering about 50 of my questions, and discussing the best possible design for the tiny space I afforded him for his art, we sat down at his design table, and I “gave him my hand” so to speak. A quiet and very unassuming man, he applied my ink as gently as possible, while my onlookers heckled me. After a brief conversation, he announced that we were done. Did it hurt, you ask? I must be honest that indeed it did. But, I was advised both before, and during by all involved that the fingers can be quite sensitive. It was no where near unbearable, and I can say that the overall experience was…well, exhilarating!
In his time in the business, O’Meara has tattooed people from all walks of life, has done all types of designs from portraits to flowers and fairies. I asked him what his least favorite design is, and he explained that any design that has bold pieces that are not much more than filler (ie; Tribal Designs) are not his favorite as they don’t challenge his creativity, but are more like coloring in larger shapes. He is a true artist, and prefers to make each piece unique to the individual on whom he is drawing. In addition to himself, there are four other artists available in his shop. They all learn from each other, and of course, his work environment is nothing like what you see on the reality shows on cable TV. There is no drama, no yelling, as he says there is no time or place for that at OMearicana.
After finishing my tattoo and going over all the instructions for taking care of it, he began a more complicated piece on a friend of mine. Since I found the whole experience intriguing, I stayed to watch.
O’Mearicana Ink welcomes walk-ins, and also takes appointments. The shop is located at 696B Locust Avenue, Mount Vernon. They are available for private parties, and events. They offer specials for holidays (how about a couples tattoo for Valentine’s Day?), and will work with you to come up with the perfect design according to your specifications. So give them a call at (914) 363-3401 and make an appointment. When you go in, tell Patrick that I sent you.