HUTCHINSON (AP) — Forrest Stucky was recently released from prison and started asking around about tattoos.
Luis Gutierrez's name kept coming up, so Stucky went to Gutierrez's new shop to get a tattoo on his neck.
"Usually, if you want some real quality ink you have to go to Wichita or Kansas City," said Stucky, who did tattoos in prison. "It's nice to have someone who can execute what you want done."
Word has spread quickly about Hutchinson's newest tattoo shop.
Redemption Ink Tattoo, named in remembrance of the freedom outside of prison Gutierrez thought he would never see, opened at a space inside of Legends Barbershop after passing inspection last month. Gutierrez and his wife, Melissa, started seeing customers that afternoon and already booked customers through their first two weeks.
Barbershop owner, Thomas Galindo, told The Hutchinson News that all walks of life come through the doors each day.
Most of Galindo's barbers spent time in prison; Galindo even spent roughly a decade behind bars.
The parole board gave him a chance in July 2016.
Gutierrez did his first tattoo at the age of 9 under a former prisoner and tattoo artist who first made him practice on a water bottle for two weeks. The water bottle was to teach Gutierrez depth perception.
He did thousands of tattoos in prison. He even had a "Tattoo Bible" smuggled in so he could master his craft. But while on parole, Redemption Ink in Wichita finally gave him a chance to become a professional tattoo artist. He did an apprenticeship there for a year and became certified as a tattoo artist.
Gutierrez estimated 40 percent of his clients work in Wichita but live in Hutchinson.