New tattoo shop adds to core city development

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By Ben Wiebesiek

FORT LUPTON — In the last two years, the city has seen several businesses open their doors on Denver Avenue, and last month another shop opened at the north end of the growing strip.


Ink Stain Tattoos opened Nov. 8 at 735 Denver Ave. next door to Fat Brothers Burgers and Wings.

In addition to its main offering, Ink Stain Tattoos also carries tattoo supplies and body jewelry.

Jacob Madsen, the owner/operator for Ink Stain, said he picked Fort Lupton as the location of his shop because “Brighton wasn’t working out.”

“Brighton had too many hoops to jump through just to get it open,” Madsen said. “With finding a building, the zoning and issues like that, it was just too much.”

Madsen said the process was considerably more streamlined in Fort Lupton.

“Here was just a lot easier to get started,” Madsen said. “The whole process was quicker.”

Similar to the business model used at hair salons, a separate body piercing specialist rents out space in the tattoo shop from Madsen. Madsen estimates that 30 percent of the business volume comes from the piercing portion of the operation.

Madsen’s background is in art, and that’s where he says his passion has been since childhood.

“I started out as a kid, pretty much. I was 14, 15 years old and I was making my own machines and tattooing myself and friends at school,” Madsen said. “I didn’t go about it the right way as a kid, but I didn’t know any better. It wasn’t the easiest way to teach myself.”

Prior to opening Ink Stain, Madsen owned a tattoo shop for more than two years in Hudson with his former wife. After the couple divorced, Madsen said he started looking for a new location.

Madsen said he wasn’t aware that Denver Avenue was going through a period of renewal when he first spotted the location.

“My girlfriend and I were driving around when we saw the ‘For Rent’ sign in the building,” Madsen said.

Lonnie Ford, Economic Development Director for the city, said this is exactly the response to a building vacancy that Fort Lupton wants.

“We’re working with local realtors and Denver realtors, too, to market the businesses along Denver Avenue there. That’s what I do all the time,” Ford said. “When I hear from a someone that they have a vacancy along that road I will always start thinking about who I should talk to to bring somebody in.”

Ford said he keeps track of the vacancies and the corresponding contacts so that he give interested businesses options when looking at relocating to Fort Lupton.

“As a general rule, the mayor and all his staff, we’re encouraged and we all believe this strongly that we do not want to impede progress for anyone looking to come here,” Ford said. “We do everything we can to make the transition to Fort Lupton as easy as possible; Fort Lupton is very pro-business.”

Ink Stain Tattoos is open noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The store is closed on Mondays.


Contact Ben Wiebesiek at 303-659-2522, ext. 205, or email bwiebesiek@metrowestnewspapers.com.