Bloodmoney is one of at least three tattoo and body piercing shops on Wells Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I think it is the latest one to open, since I don’t remember it being here before I moved back to Indiana a couple of years ago. Smoky’s Records, located across the street, can be seen in the window reflections.
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This building was home to Artistry In Ink Tattoo, one of several Tattoo shops on Wells Street, for many years. It sat empty for quite a while before I photographed it. In November of 2010 the Brewers Art Supply store, a company that sells home beer brewing supplies, moved into this building from its former location in the little shopping center down the street. They retained the graffiti style painted signs on the front of the building, which were changed to say “Homebrewing.”
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This old brick house is on Fourth Street just west of Wells Street. One day a sofa appeared in the yard; then a few weeks later it was gone.
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This little kid’s tricycle always sits on the sidewalk in front of the building on the southern end of Wells Street near the old bridge just north of Fort Wayne’s downtown area. There are several apartments on the building’s top floor, above the shops that include a biker leather shop, Cloud 9 Hookah Bar, and The Bean Coffeehouse.
I made this photograph in the early evening looking north toward Richard’s Bakery. One of the new Wells Corridor street signs is visible in the background along with the Victorian style streetlights that were installed as part of the city’s effort to beautify the Wells Street area.
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I was talking to Sam Hyde at Hyde Brothers Books one day when he told me that I should visit Packrat’s, because the guy who owns this store, which is only open on weekends, collects and sells Lego sets. My son is a HUGE Lego fan, so after Sam told me about Packrat’s, I took Mack there. He was in heaven! This guy has the biggest collection of Legos we have ever seen, many of them quite old. I bought Mack a 20 year old Lego set and a ghost minifigure. Minifigures are the little people that come in the Lego sets.
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Someone drew a heart and wrote Give Love Freely on this storm sewer grate in the curb on Wells Street near The Bean coffeehouse.
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This building on Wells Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana now houses a guitar shop.
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This sign is by the Paralyzed Hoosier Veterans organization on Wells Street. They hire people to make telemarketing calls to raise money.
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An American flag hangs behind an old storefront building at the northwest corner of Wells Street and High Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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For decades, Smoky’s Records was a fixture on Wells Street and the store’s owner, Charles “Smoky” Montgomery, was a local icon in Fort Wayne. The store was filled with thousands of old vinyl records, while Smoky was a walking encylcopedia of music knowledge. He also organized bus tours, sold concert tickets, and as the sign in the window shows, he had a great sense of humor. He passed away in 2006 at the age of 84. The store was still full of records, guitars, and other stuff when I made this photograph in 2010. I don’t think it is still open anymore though.
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