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Rendered homeless by hurricane, Perham native returns--opens downtown tattoo studio

It took a hurricane to bring Dan Rebuck back home to Perham where he has opened the Blackwater Tattoo Studio. Rebuck is a 1973 Perham High School graduate. He left Perham in 1994 to visit friends in Biloxi, Miss. and to learn the tattoo art. Even...

It took a hurricane to bring Dan Rebuck back home to Perham where he has opened the Blackwater Tattoo Studio.

Rebuck is a 1973 Perham High School graduate. He left Perham in 1994 to visit friends in Biloxi, Miss. and to learn the tattoo art. Even though he hadnt intended to stay he became attached to the community. In his studio hangs a series of photos from Aug. 29, 2005. The images are what remained of his apartment complex a foundation and rubble. Rebuck says 80 people died in that complex and southern Miss. was "totalled out after the storm". Jobs were available but there was a lack of housing, so Rebuck came home.

Hes hoping there is a demand in the area for his tattoo art. Many people are stopping in to visit the studio and ask questions. Rebuck has been creating assemblage art in the Miss. delta style, but says its not a way to make a living. With tattoo work he is able to be creative and hopefully make a living.

Unlike some other studios, Rebuck does not offer piercings mainly because of a high chance of infections, whereas a tattoo will heal easily. He also will not do work for anyone under the age of 18, even with parental consent. Photo identification is required at Blackwater. And if youve been drinking, sober up before asking Rebuck to create tattoo art for you. He says not only does alcohol thin the blood, it tends to produce obnoxious clients.

Rebuck will copy just about any design thats brought in and does custom design work. Impressive is the "restoration" work he can do on out-dated tattoos; hes able to make the seemingly permanent name of a former love magically disappear into a new design.

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Rebucks studios name comes from the black water result of tattoo ink and also from the result of the hurricane that hit his home in Biloxi.

Although Minnesota requires no special licensing for tattoo studios, Rebuck says he follows the safe practices required for licensure in Miss. He uses an autoclave for sterilization and single use needles. Yes needles. Yes it hurts; like a cat scratch. Rebuck says aftercare is very important. He sends clients home with detailed instructions and cautions them to use common sense.

Blackwater Tattoo Studio is open from 1 until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The telephone number is 346-7940.

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