North Central Mass Development Corp Provides Financing to Black Hydra Tattoo in Fitchburg

(North Central, MA) – The North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation (NCMDC) – the economic development arm of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce – recently approved a $35,000 loan to Emily Shortsleeves, Matt Gallagher, and Brad Touchette, owners of Black Hydra Tattoo located at 68 Airport Road in Fitchburg, MA.

Black Hydra Tattoo, a new tattoo and piercing shop, opened in early summer of 2020 in Fitchburg.  Black Hydra Tattoo offers a modern approach, full-service body art destination, providing high-end original artistry.  Emily, Matt and Brad are locally grown artists from the Fitchburg area and each have over 10 years of experience as tattoo artists. The studio has six individual stations for five tattoo artists and one piercer.

The $35,000 loan helped with start-up cost associated with opening the business and created 5 full-time positions.  NewVue Communities assisted the trio with their business plan and projections.  For more information on Black Hydra Tattoo visit them online at

As a microloan lender, NCMDC can provide loans to small businesses up to $150,000 for working capital, equipment, inventory, expansion and working with our banking partners to provide gap financing for the final piece of a project.