A central Mandurah tattoo studio has shut its doors, leaving customers worried they have paid deposits for appointments that might never happen.
Cravin’ Ink Tattoo Studio posted a message on its Facebook page on Thursday announcing its closure and telling customers to contact individual tattoo artists directly about their appointments.
Clients of the business reacted angrily in now deleted comments, with some complaining they had lost deposits.
Studio customer Ben Chiera said the $50 deposit he put down didn’t seem a lot, but he only worked part-time and he wondered how many other people were affected.
“I work casually, so I’m not making a lot of money, but it’s a lot for someone like me,” he said.
“I’ve got so many friends that go there and I know they’re good, it’s just unfortunate I happened to book it when this happened.
“I was booked in to go Wednesday, and when I went there I had it booked in for 10 and I hung around until 10.30 and I spoke to the owner who said they closed down four days ago.
“She said text me your name and how much your deposit is and I’ll get in contact with you and I’ve sent four messages and she’s ignored me.”
One woman wrote on Facebook she had paid $100 for an appointment that didn’t happen.
The partner of one of the tattoo artists who worked at the studio wrote on the post: “It’s nothing to do with the artists, they only work there”.
“So go hit up [the owner] for your money and an explanation because she hasn’t told the artists what’s going on.”
Attempts to contact the owner of Cravin’ Ink have been unsuccessful, but she messaged a customer saying she was “shaken” after an angry customer damaged the shop “in a rage”.