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Why a popular traveling tattoo artist made Kansas City into her new home base – KCUR

Before Kinesha Glover — better known as Keno G — ever picked up a tattoo gun, she held a pencil.

“I would sit around drawing portraits as a kid,” said Glover, a traveling tattoo…….

Before Kinesha Glover — better known as Keno G — ever picked up a tattoo gun, she held a pencil.

“I would sit around drawing portraits as a kid,” said Glover, a traveling tattoo artist with her home base at 2000 Vine in Kansas City. “I literally would sketch my siblings, my mom, my teacher, you name it. Doesn’t matter who I’m looking at, I’m sketching and drawing portraits.”

But if it weren’t for some peer pressure from former coworkers, she might have never explored the creative trade at all.

“One of the questions I get asked all the time is, ‘What got me interested in doing tattoos?’” And honestly, I got talked into it by my friends,” Glover said.

In 2008, Glover was working a corporate job at AT&T in Louisville, Kentucky. At the time, she was 25 and had zero tattoos.

She did, however, sketch tattoo designs for her coworkers, and one local shop took notice.

“The tattoo shop that they went to was intrigued,” Glover said. “Like, ‘Who’s doing this? Who’s creating these drawings?’”

Eventually, two shops in Louisville offered Glover an apprenticeship, and her career as a tattoo artist was born.

Fast forward 14 years; she’s now opened a tattoo shop all her own. Keno G Ink hosted its grand opening Aug. 5.

Now located in the lower level of the north building at 2000 Vine, Keno G Ink is the latest addition to that redevelopment project.

Vine Street Brewing Co.

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Located at 2000 Vine Street, Vine Street Brewing Co. will soon celebrate its opening as the first Black-owned brewery in Kansas City.

Glover — a self-proclaimed “Chatty Cathy” — found out about the space at 2000 Vine from a client in Dallas during an appointment.

Initially skeptical because she had no existing client base in Kansas City, Glover met with Tim Duggan, one of the leaders of the project, and was immediately impressed.

“I really had to get out of my own head of, ‘How can I make Kansas City work?’” Glover said.

Based from Dallas since 2011, Glover also travels regularly to Chicago, Cleveland, and Louisville to ink longtime clients and friends.

The idea to travel was born, again, from some friendly peer pressure.

After completing her apprenticeship in Louisville, Glover moved to Cleveland in 2009, where she actually did her first tattoo.

When she moved to Dallas two years later, her clients in Cleveland weren’t ready to let her go.

“They weren’t having it,” Glover said. “They were like, ‘You gotta come back. Whether you come tattoo at the house …….

Source: https://www.kcur.org/arts-life/2022-09-11/why-a-popular-traveling-tattoo-artist-made-kansas-city-into-her-new-home-base

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