For Upper Darby Tattoo Parlor, Steady Business Spills from the El

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Madelina Castro manages Ink Slingas, a tattoo parlor near the 69th Street Transportation Center in Upper Darby. Image via Jason Laughlin, Philadelphia Inquirer.

The El may only “tickle the ‘burbs” with its end-of-the-line stop in Upper Darby, but it spills big business through the doors of shops like Ink Slingas across from the 69th Street Transportation Center, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report by Jason Laughlin.

“The diversity on Philadelphia’s greatest single people-mover, the Market-Frankford Line, means opportunity for hundreds,” the article stated.

And one of them is Madelina Castro, who manages Ink Slingas. The El literally sends business to the tattoo shop “with a storefront sign that could be mistaken for random graffiti. It’s the place SEPTA workers go to get tattoos.”


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Ink Slingas’ owner scoured the neighborhood for four years before getting the chance to buy the coveted location, the article explained.

“The busyness, the family-oriented area,” Castro noted as benefits. “This is an up-and-coming area.”

Read more about the businesses along the El in the Philadelphia Inquirer’s feature here, and check out a previous DELCO Today article summarizing the growth that the El has helped generate for Upper Darby here.


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