Turtle Island Gifts, owned by Bonnie Jean McVay, features her handmade agate candles and stained glass made on site, and other handcrafted items by local artists.
Tattooing is McVay's favorite outlet for her artistic talents, which is why she helped open a tattoo studio in Eugene in 1985. In 1997 she opened another in Yachats, Turtle Island Tattoo at 427 W 3rd Street.
McVay's studios have always had high health standards, but many tattoo shops in the past didn't. In the 1990s, Oregon almost closed tattoo shops because of this. Consequently, a committee was formed to regulate the industry. McVay sat on it. She was also a student in the first class on disease prevention given by the Alliance of Professional Tattooists.
She named her shops Turtle Island because that's what many Native Americans called the Earth.
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Turtle Island Gifts
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