Dearest Voluta Collectors, Friends and Family,
After returning from a trip abroad on Tuesday, I learned that several of the artists at Voluta Tattoo abandoned their positions at Voluta Tattoo and have started a competing studio. This was done without any advance notice to me.
I will spare you the discoveries I have made since returning to my beloved Voluta. It will take some time to assess what is missing or may have been compromised. What I am most concerned about is your security, your tattoos and your trust. I feel it is urgent to move swiftly.
THE SAFETY OF YOUR PERSONAL AND PRIVATE INFORMATION:
Voluta’s Master client database was copied and many or all of you were contacted by the former artists. NEITHER CONAN NOR VOLUTA TATTOO AUTHORIZED THIS.
Further, because all of your personal information was in the studio and entered into the computer system, more than your contact information may be have been compromised. Voluta was entrusted with copies of your drivers licenses, with release forms stating your medical conditions and health concerns. I am certain that many of your ID’s have your home addresses and social security numbers listed. I cannot determine if these were removed by the former artists because they could have been copied by machine or directly from my hard-drive. NEITHER CONAN NOR VOLUTA TATTOO LLC AUTHORIZED THIS. While we have no reason to believe that your personal information has been disclosed to individuals beyond the departed tattoo artists, we are not in a position to know how those departed artists may be using the information. We are taking all appropriate steps to secure that information.
Many of you may have received communication from the former artists, soliciting your business directly. Regardless of how closely their presentation, website, verbiage, or systems appear to be like Voluta’s, THEY ARE NOT AFFILIATED WITH VOLUTA TATTOO LLC IN ANY WAY. Voluta has only one tattoo studio.
Many of you were directly removed from the scheduling system of Voluta Tattoo and were informed that your tattoo would take place at the same date and time, but at a different location. NEITHER CONAN NOR VOLUTA TATTOO LLC AUTHORIZED THIS. Or was even aware of it.
I want to honor every person who chooses to remain a client of Voluta. I will do what it takes to meet any appointments that you have made with Voluta. Please contact me via email if I may serve you.
The former artists of Voluta were independent contractors. This means that they are personally liable for all aspects of your tattoo quality, completion, and longevity. This includes touch ups. I hired and trained the artists, unfailingly demanding quality in order to retain their positions as contractors. My hope is that they intend to still honor your tattoos if the colors should lighten, the edges need crisping or if your lines are not laser-printer solid.
I founded Voluta Tattoo to bring a new face to the Indianapolis tattoo industry and to uplift the craft overall. I wanted to create and to feed my children with my hands. I intended to hire and train good people and to make them into talented artists to help meet the demand that Indianapolis had for my version of quality. I wanted to feed those artists and their children. And I wanted to profit. I wanted everybody to win.
I made the cycle transparent so that all could enjoy it. The tattoos speak for themselves. The clients speak about the tattoos and the experience of Voluta. Voluta artists are nice to their community, and they promise to work on your tattoo until it is perfect. (Perfect by my standards, the founder and mentor.) Clients tell their friends. It’s a wonderful cycle.
I live by this simple system and, yes, I shamelessly demand it of anyone affiliated with Voluta. I hope you will see through this upset and continue to trust me and my studio. And, in line with my original vision for Voluta, I will now leverage 13 years of tattoo relationships to bring Indianapolis the best tattoo talent it has yet seen. Please believe in me.
Voluta Tattoo LLC