Shipwreck Tattoo Studio
Kristoffer A. and Emily M. Roberts

Shipwreck Tattoo Studio

Kris Roberts is an award winning tattoo artist and is much sought after for his distinctive style and trademark. A serious, professional artist with eight years of experience tattooing, Roberts has developed a large and devoted clientele. Although he often dreamed of starting his own business, a sense of loyalty and devotion kept him working for another tattoo studio the past five years instead. That changed however when, with the support and encouragement of wife Emily, herself an aspiring tattoo artist, Roberts took a leap of faith and quit his job to open his own studio.


Using personal savings, Kris and Emily signed a two-year lease for Shipwreck Tattoo Studio and began renovating the space in anticipation of their grand opening in May 2006. Seeing a need for additional working capital, Kris and Emily contacted the Del Mar College Small Business Development Center in March 2006 for help structuring a business plan and loan proposal. SBDC business advisor Michael North assisted them in preparing a business plan with cash flow projections and financial statements.

After the plan and financials were complete, Kris and Emily approached ACCION Texas for a loan and were approved. Kris and Emily are grateful for the assistance the Small Business Development Center provided. Emily wrote that the experience not only helped them obtain a loan but also helped them understand financial statements, budgets and sales forecasts.

Kris and Emily achieved their dream of owning their own tattoo studio and the business has created four new jobs. Shipwreck Tattoo Studio is now open for business and is located at 4515 Everhart Road, Corpus Christi, Texas. Serious tattoo collectors interested in large scale custom tattoos can make an appointment by calling (361) 334-3208.

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