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By Eric Heinz
A San Clemente tattoo shop came home heavily decorated with awards after entering the 8th Annual Lake Havasu Tattoo Show over Labor Day Weekend.
Shaun Loyer, owner of Distinctive Body Art Studio in San Clemente, and his employee Sidne Avis took home a total of eight awards at the convention.
Avis said she has been working as an artist for about five years, including a two-year apprenticeship. She said it was a really big honor to win, as it was her first tattoo convention.
“I was happy that I won anything, honestly,” she said “The color tattoo I did a back sunflower color piece on a girl. It was interesting because we had just met two days before I did it. She wanted to enter it because it was her first tattoo, and she ended up getting a plaque for it.”
Avis did another piece for a dot-work mandala piece, which involved a compilation of shapes and patterns.
Loyer, who also entered, won “Best of Day for color tattoos,” “Male Overall,” “Black and Gray Overall,” and a few other second- and third-place awards.
“When you’re going up against 15 to 20 people at least, getting a plaque is really hard to get,” Loyer said. “Some of these guys have been tattooing for 20 years or more.”
Anthony Frasier, who has become a regular at the studio, said he has been getting touchups and new tattoos for about two years at Distinctive because of the friendly atmosphere and customer service.