“I will be opening my books in January and we will see how things go,” he told Global News.
Appointments for Zabos and the four other artists who work at his tattoo shop, Art Sharks Tattoo, are scarce because of the demand for their unique designs.
“For inspiration we will take what the client wants, like what their ideas are, and then we will go from there,” he said.
“As artists we do a lot of custom stuff, so we create everything mostly from what’s inside our heads.”
He said designing something the client likes enough to carry with them for the rest of their life involves discussions, which can get very personal.
“I have done a few like memorial pieces and stuff that’s really kind of touched the customer,” he said.
“I think it’s good to help them heal through sometimes a tattoo as well.”
Darla Lindbjerg, CEO of the Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, said the success makes sense, given the quality of the tattoo.
“If people are having a good experience and you are offering a great quality product, people will come back,” she said.
Zabos said part of the reward is knowing his art has such intense meaning for those who wear it.
“Sometimes it gets a little emotional when you finish the tattoo, just to have that closure for some people depending on what the situation of the tattoo is,” he said.
“But it’s really satisfying to make them happy and (know) they can enjoy it for the rest of their lives.”