‘Modz n Rockers’ make their mark

Modz and Rockers tattoo parlour, Onslow Rd, Layton
Modz and Rockers tattoo parlour, Onslow Rd, Layton
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A TATTOO parlour with a difference has thrown open its doors to pay tribute to the musical heritage of the town.

Modz n Rockers, on Onslow Road, Layton, stands on the former site of Saddle Records – a music retailer for many years in the resort.

Owner Bob Valance, also a hotelier at The Sandford Promenade, South Shore, decided to open the only tattoo parlour in Layton with a theme and keep the locals in mind.

He told The Gazette: “The shop itself is so different and there’s nothing else like it in Blackpool.

“I have had tattoo parlours in Blackpool for years and I used to own Blackpool Body Art, but with the recession we thought we would move more in-land, concentrate on the locals and keep the tattoos more affordable.”

Bob researched the Saddle Records store before decorating Modz n Rockers and made sure the music store was not forgotten while people were getting body art. He added: “We thought it was a good idea to pay tribute to the music and we are hoping to be very busy.

“We have got hundreds of iconic records on all of the walls and it’s a really unusual shop, but it looks really good and we have a good atmosphere here.

“There are quite a lot of bookings for next week and we think it will be a really good shop for Layton.

“I just thought ‘why not’ because it’s better than an empty shop.”

In keeping with the theme Bob has employed two experienced punk tattoo artists, helping them to get off benefits at the same time.

Artist Adam Bromby, who used to serve in the Royal Navy, said: “This shop will appeal to a lot of people in Blackpool.

“I think music lovers will especially like it because of the shop’s design and the location of what used to be there.”