Making way for E Olive Way academy, Artful Dodger finds new E Pike home

When CHS broke the news about the next big project on E Olive Way being the kind of surprising, kind of not International Montessori Academy, an important element of the story didn’t get much attention. We’re happy to break some more news — displaced by the new future for its longtime E Olive Way home, Capitol Hill tattoo shop the Artful Dodger is making a few block move to E Pike.

“All of our artists will still be with us, so it will be the same talented team of tattooers that people know and love!” manager Erick Lingbloom tells CHS.

The new space at 617 E Pike has been busy in recent years. In 2016, the Bernie Sanders campaign put the commercial suite to work as a Capitol Hill headquarters. Prior to that, drag-inspired cosmetics company Dr. Jen’s House of Beauty called the corner its headquarters before pulling up stakes. Most recently, marijuana-powered media company Top Tree settled in for what ultimately turned out to be a short stay.

For Artful Dodger, the tattoo shop with a comic book soul has come a long way and become an enduring part of Hill tattoo culture. Born inside Red Chair Salon on 15th Ave E, the Dodger moved to E Olive Way way back in 2010. Nathaniel Belo, who handled the real estate transaction on the move, says the comic book part of Artful Dodger will be left behind in the change. The shop is holding a big “everything must go” sale.

Over the holidays, Artful Dodger will make its move into Pike/Pine with plans to reopen January 2nd. It’s a trend. Laughing Buddha moved to the corner of Pine and Broadway earlier this year.

In 2018, you can find Artful Dodger at 617 E Pike. You can learn more at adtcseattle.com.


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