Tattoo shop and hair salon hopes to grow into an arts hub — and a prominent piece of a neighborhood’s rejuvenation
STOCKTON – On a recent Saturday night, a book launch celebrating the work of a Stockton photographer drew crowds to Revolution, the new tattoo shop and hair salon across the street from Eden Park on El Dorado Street.
Party organizers also delivered an appearance by noted rapper Kris “KRS-One” Parker.
“I think it’s going to be a hub for a bunch of different types of artists,” Revolution owner Andres Zapata said. “We’re going to make it a positive place for the neighborhood. We don’t want to be your run-of-the-mill tattoo place.”
Revolution is at 943 N. El Dorado St. For information, call (209) 888-4570.
He and his brother Dan opened Revolution nearly three months ago in a 1,700-square-foot space that used to house a corner grocery. They envisioned a tattoo parlor and hair salon that was also an art gallery and events venue.
Their plans are taking shape amid long-running efforts to revitalize the neighborhoods surrounding Eden Park, at the fringe of the historic Midtown Magnolia District.
“Once I saw this place, I fell in love with it,” Andres Zapata said. “I think it’s going to blow up.”
On Acacia Street, just around the corner from Revolution, is the Mexican Heritage Center. When the gallery opened about two years ago, its members said they hoped the neighborhood would eventually become a cultural center.
“The benefit of the heritage center is that we have these monthly activities, these exhibits … and classes that do create a very good, positive flow of people who otherwise wouldn’t go to that area,” said Gene Acevedo, president of the Mexican Heritage Center. “We’ve been really very fortunate that the community has been very supportive of us.”
The heritage center, Acevedo said, has developed an agreement with the motel across the street allowing gallery patrons to use its parking lot. meanwhile, customers of the nearby Quality Tune-up often visit the Mexican Heritage Center while waiting for their cars.
Acevedo said the center hopes in the future to open a small caf? and to host events at Eden Park.
And the launch of Revolution, he said, is an encouraging step toward drawing more arts and cultural groups to the area.
In April, the heritage center hosted an exhibition on tattoo art called “Carne, Corazone y Sangre (Flesh, Heart and Blood),” which featured Dan Zapata’s work. After going to see the exhibit, Andres Zapata was impressed by the work of another featured artist and hired him to tattoo at Revolution.
“I saw his work, and I thought, ‘Let’s get this guy,’ ” he said.
In August, Revolution will host an exhibition of graffiti art and a special event featuring local disc jockeys and break dancers.
“We want to look at how graffiti has impacted clothing, art culture, pop culture,” Dan Zapata said. “We want to take all of the top artists and give them some exposure.”
One full wall of Revolution is covered with a mural he painted of Emiliano Zapata, a leader of the Mexican Revolution.
The shop’s name, he said, is a reference to the surname the brothers share with the historical figure as well as to the revolutionary spirit he embodied.
“I guess it ties into what we’re trying to do here,” Dan Zapata said. “We want to cause a little stir.”
Contact reporter Jennifer Torres at (209) 546-8252 or email@example.com. Visit her blog at recordnet.com/parentingblog.
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