David Lee Roth Closes Skin Care Line Business
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David Lee Roth’s skincare line business, Ink The Original, has apparently closed its doors.
The rocker did not give a reason for the closure. Visitors to the official website are now being redirected to a page titled “INK the original – Closing” and are greeted by a graphic containing the message:
“First, our favorite restaurant, the corner bookstore, now us.. What a long great trip it’s been..”
It’s the same final phrase Roth used when mourning the passing of Eddie Van Halen on October 6, 2020.
In 2018, Roth has launched the skincare line in Los Angeles with three partners, including Ami James, who cofounded Tattoodo, an app that pairs customers with the best tattoo artist for them. The company then has expanded to 34 people with a second office sprouting up in New York.
Ink The Original was specifically made to preserve, protect, and highlight tattoos and keep them from fading for years on end. The company offered a range of products made with organic ingredients, and was committed to being environmentally conscious and cruelty-free.
Roth told Vogue in 2018, shortly after the company launched:
“I started this project with three of us sitting around an upended plastic bucket for a table at my house in L.A.. Now, there are 34 of us, and we have offices in New York as well as L.A.
“It’s taken three years and close to $7 million, and I’m involved in every single element of every part of it. Surprisingly, there’s almost no competition. And what we have built is absolutely specialized to our community.”
Speaking about the business, Roth said:
“Simple: The product that we’re dealing with now goes hand in hand with what I think is the true Esperanto: It’s a language — ink — that everybody shares, especially if you don’t speak the same language. With ink, we read each other’s signs and icons. In that way, it’s much like music.”
Roth also cancelled his 2022 scheduled shows for his farewell Las Vegas residency after announcing his departure from the music industry. He told the Las Vegas Review-Journal last October:
“I am throwing in the shoes. I’m retiring. This is the first, and only, official announcement. … You’ve got the news. Share it with the world.”