ON THE HUNT: RedBack Ink Tattoo Parlour artist Kelly Webb just wants to get on with business. She has been set back a little after brazen vandals threw a glass Kahlua bottle full of paint at her shop. Photo Austin King / The Morning Bulletin
ON THE HUNT: RedBack Ink Tattoo Parlour artist Kelly Webb just wants to get on with business. She has been set back a little after brazen vandals threw a glass Kahlua bottle full of paint at her shop. Photo Austin King / The Morning Bulletin Austin King

Rocky tattoo parlour vandalised twice in a month

WHEN Kelly Webb got to work on Saturday morning she found a big hole in her window and glass shards everywhere.

Just outside her tattoo parlour she found a glass Kahlua bottle filled with paint.

A brazen vandal had thrown the Kahlua bottle at the top windows of RedBack Ink Tattoo Parlour, Kelly's family business, and bolted from the scene.

Kelly is a up-and-coming Rockhampton tattoo artist who "just wants to get on with my business".

This is the second time in a month the North Rockhampton parlour has been targeted by vandals.

Exactly a month ago on Saturday, ruthless offenders threw bricks at the front window of her parlour and smashed it to pieces.

Now Kelly and her family are left with a window-repair bill of more than $200, which they will have to fork out of their own pockets.

"Insurance companies don't cover tattoo parlours because many of them run into these sorts of problems," Kelly said.

CCTV footage of the incident showed a man wearing a bandana throw a brick at the top louvres and then running from the scene.

The last incident cost them more than $500 after two men smashed the front window.

Kelly said she and her family have received death threats since opening their business in November.

One nasty resident told Kelly "I couldn't even draw pubic hair let alone tattoo".

She said she was not scared by the threats.

"I'm just really annoyed because all I want to do is work and get my name out there in the community.

"I've even been sent messages saying that I won't be invited to any tattoo expos in Rockhampton.

"I'm just trying to run a business like everyone else ... that's all."

Kelly has been a tattooist for almost 10 years.

Other than stencil work, Kelly is also a free-hand tattooist, which means she creates tattoos without the help of pictures, photos or stencils.

Kelly has also fixed half-finished tattoos and can also remove them.

"This was just a minor set-back for us, we'll just carry on as usual," Kelly says.

If anyone saw anyone near the Alexandra St parlour at midnight on Friday, or they have any information about the incident, they can call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.



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