Customers are frustrated with Raleigh tattoo artist Devin Foulkrod who took their money during the COVID 19 pandemic and then disappeared
“It needs to be stopped,” client Matthew Alexander said.
“After we gave her that money, it was like goodbye,” customer Katelyn Falls said.
“He will take your money and not give you any product,” said customer Brandon Lilly.
The product that these customers are missing is a Devin Foulkrod tattoo from Chronic Tattoos. Another Foulkrod client, Tasha Britt, said she gave him $ 200, then he stopped responding to her attempts to contact him.
Customers all say they know Foulkrod after seeing his work posted on Foulkrod’s Instagram page for Chronic Tattoos, as well as the deals he offered during the COVID-19 lockdown on that Instagram page.
“He was running a stage, it’s like 50% off. If you give me $ 1,000, you get twenty hours of work for only ten hours,” Alexander adds.
All disgruntled Foulkrod customers who turned to Diane Wilson troubleshooter for help have proof that they paid Foulkrod up front via cash apps for the tattoo job.
Alexander paid Fulkrod $ 1,000 last summer and the two texted multiple times, Alexander showing Fulkrod exactly the tattoo he wanted. While several dates were set, Foulkrod sent several texts not to be able to schedule the appointment for the tattoo.
“He said with the curfews going on, I don’t feel safe doing it,” Alexander said. Another reason Alexander received was that Fulkrod’s mother had passed away.
Besides a death in the family, there were other reasons for delaying appointments. Another Foulkrod client, Deirdre, said she was told, “Because of COVID, we’re going to have to wait for things to reopen.”
In some cases, Foulkrod gave clients an address and the exact time to get the tattoo done, but when they showed up – no one was there and Foulkrod did not respond to text messages.
“I said, ‘What’s your suite number?’ He did not answer. I said, “Hello, I’m outside.” I waited thirty minutes and he didn’t answer. I asked my son and his friend to text him and he responded right away, ”the client said.
Another frustrated customer is Stephanie Hafferty.
“He wouldn’t respond to anything I sent him,” she said.
In addition to paying up front for her tattoo work, she also says that Foulkrod posted on social media that clients could get extra tattoo time if they bought a baby registry item for her son. She bought a high chair thinking it might help, but said even that didn’t inspire Fulkrod to get her tattoo.
Foulkrod promised her a refund, but she said, “I sent her all of my info from my Venmo, Cash App, everything and somehow there was an error and she didn’t could be sent, and he just never answered me. and blocked me. “
The same story for another customer regarding the promised refunds from Foulkrod.
“He had said 10-30 days and the day I hit 30 days he blocked everything,” Tasha Britt said.
“I never received a refund,” agreed Brandon Lilly.
Some clients like Terrica Hamoud wouldn’t just give up. She was not willing to lose the $ 400.00 she paid Fulkrod, so she sued him and got his money back.
Others, like Kira McLawhorn, who paid Foulkrod for a tattoo but didn’t get it, aren’t so lucky.
Foulkrod is a licensed tattoo artist in Wake County, as their records show he works in a shop on Bandford Way in Raleigh. However, tow truck Diane Wilson did not find him there but was told he was kicked out last November.
Foulkrod gave a recent customer an address on Louisburg Road. Wilson couldn’t find it at that address or any sign of a tattoo shop, but the address led to an empty field.
Wilson was finally able to speak with Foulkrod and he said, “My number one priority is to pay people back and fix all this mess. Anyone who thinks that way is fine, I would feel the same.”
Foulkrod attributes the start of his troubles to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I had a good reputation, an excellent clientele; I had booked all year and everything went for shit. ”
During the COVID shutdown, he was unable to work due to restrictions. He admits he offered offers like buy one hour for $ 100.00, get one hour free to keep customers coming back.
“No one is paying that much money up front, but I gave them a deal to do it, and they did,” Foulkrod said.
When the restrictions relaxed and he was able to get a tattoo again, why didn’t he show up for the appointments? One of the reasons he had a baby in December.
“The next thing you know, I am canceling my clients who had a lot of money, and this is where I was not prepared for that, and I started owing a lot of refunds,” he said. -he declares.
Foulkrod also admits that some of the reasons he gave his clients for canceling appointments weren’t entirely true.
“A lot of these customers were very harassing. Some of the excuses I made were not entirely true,” he said.
Right now, when Wilson asked him if he was tattooing anyone right now, he said, “No, not right now, I’m practically on paternity leave. If you look at my page, it says that the books are closed. “
Wilson then asked, “But you had your baby in December, it is now May. Are you still on paternity leave?”
Foulkrod then said he was not getting a tattoo because his family had recently had COVID, and was moving to a new location in Raleigh and waiting in Wake County to allow him to go. However, Wilson checked with Wake County if Foulkrod was applying for a permit in a new location and a representative said, “There are no recent tattoo permit applications from this artist. The latest application received from this artist dates back to September 2020. “
Wilson then pressed Foulkrod if he was still in jobs at the moment.
“I’m not working at the moment,” Fulkrod replied. Wilson said, “But do you take money from people?”
“I reserve, yes,” he replied.
After Wilson got involved, Foulkrod began sending refunds to some of his clients like Tasha Britt. She said she received the $ 200.00 she was owed. As for the others waiting? Foulkrod told Wilson: “Within 60 days everyone should expect their money back, and that’s a guarantee.”
The best advice is to be wary of companies that advertise deals online to get money up front. Try not to pay until the job is done.
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