120. Riverside Tattoo & Skate Shop

October 13, 2023
October 13, 2023 Will Mackie

Welcome back to another round of Comacan Questions, as you can tell the interviews have begun to have a little more space between them. This is happening while we search for more guests to have on, with that being said we are stoked to continue these and look forward to more recommended interviews in the future. Which brings us to today’s interview, in the tight knit world that is Ontario Skateboarding we had heard word of a skateboard AND tattoo shop. We found them online, reached out and they have agreed to be our guest for this week. We hope you enjoy this interview as much as we did learning about them, please enjoy this week’s interview with Riverside Tattoo & Skateshop.

What inspired the creation of a tattoo shop and Skate Shop together?It was just one of the many dreams that our owner, Shawzy, had while growing up. Being a punk kid from the late 80s, he never wanted to give up on that lifestyle. The two cultures have always been kinda tangled, so it seemed like a no-brainer to build a one-stop-shop for the people who are about the same things we are. So far so good!

Why did you choose the name Riverside?
Our hometown of Peterborough has the Otonabee River running right through it, and a creek that runs directly under downtown. Despite not being able to see the river from the shop, we know it’s there. There are many other Riversides, but we are the only one of us.

Where are you located?
We are located in the middle of Simcoe St. Downtown Peterborough, ON. Our 3-story shop has previously been a hotel, a brothel, many bars, and more since 1930. We can’t confirm whether the ghosts are still here, you’ll have to figure that out yourself!

Where can people view available products?
We have a website that we publish all of the stock to, which ships to anywhere in North America. We also publish all new arrivals on our instagram! @riversidetattooshop

How can people book a tattoo?
We love a classic walk-in, but we take tattoo submissions via email, over the phone, and sometimes DMs. We have a nice and thorough booking page on our site for those interested in getting your next tat.

What does skateboarding mean to you?
Skating is an outlet, and the best way to keep me off the couch. Being able to roll around after work with my bunch of homies is what I will remember most from skateboarding. I also shoot photos of said homies, which makes them go x-games mode and I love it.

What does tattooing mean to you?
To me, tattooing is about quality. When they’re good, it’s as simple as picking a design you like and slapping it on. The idea that tattoos are ‘sacred’ and should require meaning is mostly just what your mom thinks. I recommend doing your research about who you plan to go to. Cheap tattoos ain’t good, and good tattoos ain’t cheap.

What similarities can you draw between tattooing and skateboarding?
One I can say right away is the damn pain. Anyone who has felt it from either, and STILL goes back for more, knows what’s up. Also, the regard it gets from the public. Although it’s shifting as we move forward, there’s a large portion of the population who despise skateboarders and people with tattoos, imagine how they feel about tattooed skaters.

Anything you’d like to share about the shop?
Sure! Alongside the skate/tattoo shop, we also share the space with 2 barbers, 1 piercer, a weed store, and a print shop. We also have Art Shows a few times a year, with our tattooers and other local artists in the area. Free parking in the back too!

Anyone you’d like to thank?
I don’t think I could go without thanking the people who made this place possible, Shawzy and Dan. Thanks to the skaters and the cool cats that get tats. We would be nothing without your frequent visits. And thanks to Comacan, for Having us!