Written by Catherine du Pont, Community Buzz Creator
As I walked up to Orange Circle Tattoo on E. Chapman this weekend, I first noticed a sweet black hot rod with music pouring out of it parked outside. When I walked inside, it was not at all what I expected it be. It was like walking into a tiki bar/art gallery rather than a typical tattoo parlor. There was colorful artwork all over the walls, small totem polls, a big black Harley and other eye-catching pieces. Most tattoo shops have tattoo artwork in frames all over the walls so people can come choose a tattoo from something they see. That's not what Gabe Csobi, the owner, envisioned for his shop. He's from Hungary and has owned tattoo shops in Northern Italy and in Hungary. He has also worked on the east coast of the US and other places in Europe. Orange Circle Tattoo is his first tattoo shop that he owns in the United States. Gabe is internationally known for his free-hand tattooing and appreciates tattooing as an art form. I looked through some of his portfolio on his iPad and man, is this guy talented!
Orange Circle Tattoo is part tattoo shop and part art gallery, which is called Kustom Kulture. Every other month, a new artist will be showcased and have pieces available for sale. Here are some of the pieces on the wall today:
If any of you happened to see a party going on at the shop in late July, it wasn't just to celebrate the grand opening of the store but it was also the current artist Doug Dorr's reception. Gabe plans on doing this again in mid-October and December when a new artist is showcased. There will be a car show, live music, drinks and art all in the store and the parking lot behind it. The store has a really cool vibe and Gabe is really friendly guy and obviously passionate about what he's doing. Head down to Orange Circle Tattoo to say hi and check out the scene! Here are some more pictures of the shop.
Check out Orange Circle Tattoo's website HERE.
Orange Circle Tattoo is located at 227 E. Chapman Ste. A in Old Towne Orange, California.