A TATTOO parlour off Taunton town centre is closing at the end of next month.

Owner Rich, who is set to become a father again soon, said he had taken the "huge decision" to shut the business "to free up some time and energy to spend with my family whilst they are so young".

He also plans to devote more time to his "first creative love, which is painting".

Rich said: "Pia and I will still be tattooing locally however, and details of that will be disclosed in due course and we really hope that we can count on your (customers') support with this huge change.

"I'm hoping to be able to have time to create some really exciting and fresh designs that will be available in my new setting."

He added: "The studio will be vacant and looking for new tenants.

"It's a huge space, adaptable for all sorts of businesses and opportunities, with a private landlord.

"On a final note, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me and the studio and it's honestly been such a great time."