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Community Highlights: Meet Tom Ringwalt

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tom Ringwalt.

Hi Tom, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I, Tom Ringwalt, have been around the tattoo industry since I was ten years old. I partnered with my father, Tommy Ringwalt Sr in 2004 to run Tommy’s Supplies and StarBrite Colors. It was a small business out of a basement that I took over and turned it into a large worldwide supply business by being very proactive and motivated to grow. We now reside in an 8000+ sf building where we produce our StarBrite Colors Tattoo Ink brand and sell 1000’s of high-quality tattoo products. I could not have done it without the best staff anyone can ask for either!

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
No, not at all. There were times I did not know how to manage money or the business and almost lost everything a few times. I then started to do my homework by researching on how a business should be ran. I also took any advice I could from other successful business owners and also from unsuccessful business owners so I would not make those same mistakes. Now I have become a very successful business owner and now being one of the larger tattoo suppliers in the world. I also do some of my own seo, social media, accountant work, website, etc…

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
We produce one of the most authentic, cleanest, and safest tattoo ink in the world, “StarBrite Colors.” Our brand is one of the top 5 best-rated inks worldwide! My company specializes in high-quality products, fast shipping and the best customer service around. We’re very well known for the products we carry and being the tattoo artist’s one-stop shop for everything they need, whether their apprenticing or a professional tattooist!

What sets us apart from others is how easy our company is to work with, the supplies we always have on-demand, the quality products we produce and carry, the delivery turnaround time we offer and of course, our most famous tattoo ink brand that we produce “StarBrite Colors.” We’re most proud for our tattoo ink brand StarBrite Colors and the Tommy’s Rotary and Coil Machines that we produce! I would like all our readers to know that all of our products come with great warranties, are of the greatest quality they will ever receive, our customer service and knowledge of this business are second to none and we will continue to make the safest most vibrant tattoo colors in the world to make our customers feel safe and protected when purchasing from my company!

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
We see the industry heading in a very different direction that no one has ever seen before. What I mean by that is the health & FDA departments worldwide who are GOVERNMENT FUNDED are stepping in our industry in a big way that could jeopardize our industry because they are trying to put very strict regulations on us that are near impossible to meet or carry out. We “the larger producers of tattoo ink” have already stood the test of time on how safe and clean our ink products have been over several decades of artists using them. I will say there are a few countries that are trying to work with us instead of against us on regulating our colors in a more reasonable manner!.

We’ve also spent a lot of time, research, development, and money to make that happen, and now the health and FDA departments around the world are trying to take that away from us and not for a good reason either. I believe, “my personal opinion only,” is they’re not doing this for legitimate reasons, they’re doing it for the money and for themselves. I say that because everything they want to change keeps saying that ink producers are going to have to spend not 100’s of dollars but several 1000’s of dollars to meet their expectations. Not to mention we have already met their standards in the past but they keep making them tougher and tougher until we can’t meet them anymore. Not fair to us, and again I quote “my personal opinion only” is that most of these types of groups around the world want to control this industry for their own reasons, not ours. They barely even listen to us when we have professional legit information from people that specialize in this field. But at the end of the day we will continue to work extremely hard to make sure we meet their regulations and fight hard for our tattoo industry!

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