SCOUT’S HONORED: Chameleon Tattoo & Body Piercing

Owen Beane. Photo by Sasha Pedro.

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“It was a total accident, really,” Owen Beane says when we ask him how he got into the tattoo and piercing world.

He started as a “garbage man” at Chameleon Tattoo & Body Piercing in the ’90s, when regulations around piercing weren’t strict like they are today. The shop focused on piercing then, as tattooing was illegal in Massachusetts until 2000—officials feared a hepatitis outbreak, according to the Cambridge Public Health department.

Beane worked his way up quickly, and has now been the manager of the shop for 14 years. He works to build a staff of talented tattoo artists who are capable of delivering quality customer service to the people of “all walks of life” who pass through Harvard Square.

“[We’re] constantly striving for making sure everybody has a good experience here—not just gets a tattoo or gets a piercing, but ends up leaving with an experience that felt a little bit more significant than the tattoo or the piercing they ended up with,” Beane says. “What’s going to set you apart is the personal experience, where people after the piercing is done or the tattoo is done, they’re like this felt special to me, and I’m going to remember it forever, in a positive way.”

This story originally appeared in the 2018 Scout’s Honored issue of Scout Cambridge, which is available for free at more than 200 locations throughout the city or by subscription.

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