Edited by Rachel Jones | By Victoria Draovitch of the Greensburg Community Development Corporation | Photographs from Savannah Butler of Savvy Shots Photography

Temerity (noun) — excessive confidence or boldness; audacity

Getting a tattoo requires a great deal of temerity. Tattoos are a permanent statement displayed on one’s body by another person. They are an art form, an expression of one’s personal style, or a symbol of one’s journey through life. Tattooing is no simple task; tattoo artists train for years and work tirelessly to develop their signature tattooing style. In this section of Explore Greensburg, we celebrate the world of tattoos by showcasing Westmoreland County residents with extraordinary ink. We dove into the stories behind their tattoos and found out which Westmoreland County tattoo artists they trust to create their masterpieces. When you combine the right tattoo artist with a meaningful story, your body can beautifully share the stories of your life. Tattoos represent confidence, boldness, audacity — temerity.   

Andy and Victoria Davis

Photographed in Downtown Greensburg

Andy and Victoria Davis are a tattooed power couple of Westmoreland County. Andy is the frontman for Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Andy Davis Band. His unique brand of outlaw country and rock has helped him break new ground in the music scene, and share the stage with some of country’s biggest names like Michael Ray, Lee Brice, and Chris Lane. Victoria helps manage the Andy Davis Band and uses her passion for fashion to handle all of the band’s merchandise. Together, Victoria and Andy are an unstoppable duo, rocking the country music world with tattoos, attitude, and style. “Tattoos are like songs, in the way that each one tells a different story,” Andy says. Victoria adds, “Each tattoo represents a special place in a person’s life.” To keep up with the Andy Davis Band, visit andydavisband.com and facebook.com/andydavisband.

Where They Got Inked: Andy’s tattoos were done by Justin Leeman of Greensburg, and Victoria goes to Melanie at Mantis Tattoo. 43 Lincoln Hwy., Jeannette. 724.523.8287.
+ Catch these two at Thunder in the Valley, Johnstown’s annual motorcycle rally, on June 23. The Andy Davis Band will be opening for Josh Gallagher, who appeared on season 11 of “The Voice,” on the Train Station Stage.

Meg Miller

Photographed in Downtown Greensburg

Westmoreland County native Meg Miller started her career as a stylist for SuperCuts Pennsylvania. During her time as a stylist, Miller took advantage of all the outreach and volunteer opportunities her company offered. Her commitment to her craft impressed her supervisors and eventually Miller moved into a managerial position at SuperCuts. Now, she works as the director of talent acquisitions at SuperCuts Pennsylvania. She recruits talent for the company by visiting beauty schools statewide, and performs hairstyling demonstrations for educational seminars. “I am very fortunate to be working in an industry that embraces my tattoos and my personal style,” Miller says. “In my profession, tattoos are accepted by a wide variety of age groups.” SuperCuts Pennsylvania, supercuts.com.

About Her “Nightmare Before Christmas” Tattoo: When I was in high school, I took a video production class. This class made me extremely interested in how movies were made, and we talked about “Nightmare Before Christmas” because it was one of the most popular Claymation films. In that class, I met many people I would have never had the chance to meet otherwise. So, the film became a big part of my life as it reminds me of that class.

About Her “Unbreakable” Tattoo: Four years ago, I went through a divorce that really defeated me. This tattoo is my reminder to myself that there’s nothing in life that can break you if you don’t let it.

Where She Gets Inked: Miller gets all of her tattoos done by Moe Rosado at Black Mandala Tattoo Studio. 12591 U.S. Route 30, Irwin. 724.590.2804.

Ray + Rachel Flowers, David Ammons

Photographed at Velvet Tail Tattoo

The Sun Dawg Café and tattoos are two family passions for Ray and Rachel Flowers. The fun, upbeat eatery brings a Mexican/Caribbean flare to Downtown Greensburg, serving all-day breakfast and lunch. You can also find Rachel and Ray working at Greensburg’s SummerSounds concert series at St. Clair Park, where they provide Sun Dawg’s delicious fare to hungry concertgoers. The couple, along with oldest son, David, also work on finding sentimental tattoos that reflect their personalities. “It’s funny how 15 years ago, tattoos were not really accepted,” Ray says. “Now they are in style, and everyone is getting them!” Sun Dawg Café, 37 N. Main St., Greensburg. 724.205.6939. sundawgcafe.com.

David’s Tattoo: My tattoo celebrates my family’s Mexican heritage. It is a sugar skull, which is commonly seen in Day of the Dead celebrations. The Day of the Dead honors family members who have passed away, so my tattoo honors my family.

Rachel’s Favorite Tattoo: [Ray and I got ‘LOVE’] on the hands that the bride and groom hold during the marriage ceremony to symbolize the love we will share throughout our lives together.

Where They Get Inked: Rachel, Ray, and David get their tattoos from Adam Mitchell and Lindsay “L.P.” Potter at Velvet Tail Tattoo. 120 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Greensburg. 724.221.6166.

 

Alan Kantorik

Photographed at Rabbit Hole Records

Alan Kantorik is best described as a jack of all trades. He works full-time as a cook at the popular Greensburg restaurant, J. Corks. When he’s not at J. Corks, Kantorik works at Rabbit Hole Records, located beneath The White Rabbit Café and Pâtisserie. Kantorik is also in the process of starting his own business, Alan’s Black Metal Donuts. (You can keep up with Kantorik’s donut confections with the hashtag #alansblackmetaldonuts!) Making sure his creations are aesthetically pleasing, the same could be said of his tattoos. “You can’t put a price on liking the way you look. I like the way I look better with tattoos,” Kantorik says. “I knew what I was getting myself into when I started getting tattoos, and of course people say you won’t be able to get a job. But it just means I have to work harder.” Rabbit Hole Records, 109 N. Main St., Greensburg. 724.216.5807. J.  Corks, 25 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. 724.691.0434. jcorks.com.

First Tattoo: A chef on his arm

Most Painful Tattoo: Any of the tattoos located on the lower half of his arms and palms

Most Meaningful Tattoo: The Giving Tree on his arm in honor of his mother, who read “The Giving Tree” to him when he was a child

Where He Got Inked: Almost all of Alan’s tattoos were done by Karlis at Mantis Tattoo and Piercing.

Check out these events in Westmoreland County this month

Photograph from Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau

Saturdays, May 20-September 23
8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Ligonier Country Market @ Corner of West Main Street and Springer Road in Ligonier

Peruse over 130 vendors each week, selling annual and perennial flowers, farm beef, poultry, cheese, pastries, and hot foods, along with handmade crafts, jewelry, purses, pet treats, and more! 

Thursdays, May 25-August 31
6-9:30 p.m.

Thank Goodness It’s Summer Concert Series @ The Palace Theatre (S&T Bank Courtyard)

Fridays, June 2-September 1
6:15 p.m.

SummerSounds Series 2017 @ St. Clair Park

The best outdoor music series in Western Pennsylvania is back! SummerSounds is a free series of concerts under the stars in Greensburg’s St. Clair Park. These Friday night concerts feature the highest caliber of national touring acts, performing a vast and exciting array of music in a family-friendly environment. Eat out at one of Greensburg’s fine dining options before the show, or try something from a food vendor at the show. SummerSounds 2017 kicks off June 2 with Tusk, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band, and continues every Friday through September 1. To see the complete SummerSounds 2017 lineup, visit summersounds.com.

Saturday, June 3
8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Antiques on the Diamond @ The Ligonier Diamond 

Sundays, June 11, July 9, and August 13
7:30 a.m.

Antiques and Collectibles Market @ Historic Hanna’s Town

Tuesday, June 13
7:30 p.m.

An Evening with Toto @ The Palace Theatre

Wednesday, June 14
7:30 p.m.

Gaelic Storm @ The Palace Theatre

Thursday, June 29-
Sunday, July 2

Thursday-Saturday,
11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival @ Twin Lakes Park

Friday, July 14
5-7 p.m.

Art on Tap@ The Westmoreland Museum of American Art

Saturday, August 12
7:30 p.m.

Sal Valentinetti & Mike Marino @ The Palace Theatre


The Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau is the most complete planning resource for finding great things to do, places to stay, sites to see, and stores to shop throughout the region. For the inside scoop on
the best events and activities in Westmoreland County, visit LaurelHighlands.org.

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