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Creative nurse Schultz has art on display all over Jeannette

| Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Margie Stanislaw | For Trib Total Media
Schultz painted the scene of a Venice canal on the walls of the new Qua Spa on Clay Avenue.
Margie Stanislaw | For Trib Total Media
Matt Schultz works at two opposite ends of the spectrum — he is a tattoo artist and a home health care nurse. He has created some interior murals in Downtown Jeannette and aspires to do some exterior work. He painted this mural in the waiting area at Juggernaut Ink in Jeannette.

Matt Schultz describes himself as a “walking coloring book for his kids.”

Schultz attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where he majored in graphic design; he also attended Indiana County Technology Center where he received a degree in nursing. Now Schultz works full time as an artist and as a nurse in home health care.

“I'm a good nurse and I get attached to my patients and end up stretching myself too thin,” said Schultz.

“They kid me at work about having an old lady fan club, even with all my tattoos.”

Schultz has certainly has tattoos — a lot of them.

He works full time for his brother, Justin Schultz, at Juggernaut Ink on Fourth Street. Matt Schultz started working part time at Juggernaut, but began working full time with a few months.

“I'm still an apprentice,” said Schultz. “I am learning every day.”

Since he was a child, Schultz liked to draw.

“When I was a kid, I used to take (a) basket full of markers and pencils everywhere. My parents would yell at me because they would end up having to carry it.”

Schultz has also created several murals around Jeannette. He painted a canal scene of Venice, at Qua Spa on Clay Avenue and will create murals at Mama G's Restaurant and Cristiano's Pizza. The mural in the waiting area at Juggernaut is also his work.

A few years ago at the Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival, Schultz met artist Raphael Pantelone, who has made several murals in downtown Greensburg and the surrounding area, and he was inspired.

“More than anything, I would love Jeannette to allow me to do that,” said Schultz, who also wants people to know that he is community minded.

“I like to help people,” said Schultz. “I have four healthy children and I am grateful. When people see our shop I don't what them to see bad things about us (because we are a tattoo shop). We are not — we love Jeannette.”

Even though he is still an apprentice, Schultz also has an apprentice at his brother's shop, his best friend, Jesse Hassinger, who he refers to as his “brother from another mother.”

“We went to high school together and were best friends and now we are working together. Working with my brother Justin is also great. We were inseparable growing up.”

Schultz credits his parents, wife and entire family for supporting him in his art work and his tattooing.

He is married to Maria (Harbarger) Schultz. He has a son, Mason, from a previous relationship, who was born in 2006, and he and Maria have three children — Matthew Jr., 4, Mitchell, 2, and McCaulay who will be 1 this month. Also this month, the couple plans to renew their wedding vows.

Anyone interested in learning about caring for people, being involved in the community, or being a mural and tattoo artist should get to know neighbor Matt Schultz.

Editor's note: Meet Your Neighbors is a recurring feature in The Jeannette Spirit. If you know of a neighbor with an interesting life story to tell, someone who deserves some recognition for volunteer work, a resident with a special talent or an avid collector who would like to be featured, call the Spirit at 724-838-5154 or send an email to klinden@tribweb.com.

Margie Stanislaw is a contributing writer.

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