Hello to all of our blog readers! customers and supporters.
I must admit, I have been avoiding sitting down to write this blog as I don’t even know where to begin and my heart feels heavy knowing the subject matter I am about to address. But the time has come.
In the early hours on Wednesday June 14th 2017, Progression Tattoo was attacked. A firebomb was thrown up the stairwell, causing a fire to spread through the shop, causing catastrophic damage. The 8 years Matt and Sam put into building Progression to be so beautiful and iconic was gone in a matter of minutes. It is completely devastating to think of the memorabilia, artwork and tattoo equipment that was lost. We all poured our whole selves into the home that is Progression, and it is so sad to think someone wanted to take that away from us.
But in light of such a horrible tradgedy, I sit in our new temporary home typing this and we are still Progression. The TV is on with a movie. Matt is rambling off movie triva, Ryan is singing jingles he’s made up, Tom is chuckling behind me, Mark is quiet in the corner, Parker is drawing new designs, Tessa chimes in with some whitty sarcasm – and whilst Dan is in Melbourne right now, rest assured every few days we are talking about how much we miss him. This experience has brought us all together, we are family. We may have lost what was within the walls of 272 Unley Road, but the spirit and vibes of the Gresh are still going strong!
The fire casued us to shut up shop. We had a few weeks split up working from different studios around Adelaide.
Once the news spread, the wave of support that immediately followed completely overwhelmed all of us! We had calls and texts from friends, family and artists not only in Australia, but world wide expressing their condolonces. We received offers to help with the rebuilding and loaning of equipment to get us back on our feet. Our good friend, Mitch Love, set up a donation page for us to raise money to open in a new temporary location. Packages started rocking up full of equipment. We designed a tshirt to raise funds for the artists who lost their equipment and hundreds were sold.
During this time, Sam worked tirelessly to get us all working together again. Our long time friends and neighbours, Paul & Rachel Dare from Dare Hair salon, saved the day and offered to split their salon in half and let us move in. We made it happen within a month! Now we are all working together from 272 Unley Road, just 2 doors down from where we were. We are so lucky to be so close to where we were and to see familiar faces every day.
To answer some of the questions we are asked
No, the police have not yet found the person responsible for the arson attack and they are still working on the investigation.
We are certain it was not motorcycle club related.
Yes, Progression intends to re-open at our previous address. The damage is extensive and we are not fully aware yet of what needs to be done, but its being said it could take at least 8-12 months. Our vision for the new Gresh is exciting, we have a completely new look in mind!!
To everyone who offered any support of any kind to Progression, we are all forever grateful and don’t know how we could ever repay you. Its truly amazing to see people coming together to support each other in a time of need.
Now that we are up and running, lets check out some recent tattoos!
By Matt at his good friend Alvaro Flores' new shop - La Flor Sagrada in Melbourne.
Flower by Ryan "Maverick" Reeve
Dragon in progress by Tom de Vries
Sleeve in progress by Tom de Vries
Portrait by Tessa Hancock
Pan's Labyrinth by Dan Mawdsley
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Cheers & Thanks for looking,
Stacey, Matt, Sam, Ryan, Tom, Mark, Tessa, Dan & Parker xx