Five Things to Know About Atomic Tattoo
Atomic Tattoo kingpin Larry Edwards picked up his first tattoo gun in 1976 and never really let go. After running studios in locales as disparate as Hawaii and North Dakota, he settled in Austin in 1992 to open the first of many Atomic Tattoo locations. Read on to learn more about this family-run string of parlors:
The business is run by Edwards and his son Justin Timming. Justin commands the day-to-day operations and has about 15 years of tattooing experience under his belt as well.
The artists ink everything from custom portraits and designs to tribal and Japanese–style tattoos.
The Burnet Road and Pflugerville locations also offer body-piercing services.
A portion of proceeds is donated to local charities. These include the Austin Humane Society, the Wounded Warrior program, and the Lone Star chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
There are five locations throughout Austin and Pflugerville.
Six Things to Know About Affinity Tattoo and Body Piercing
From their studio on Austin's famed 6th Street, the artists and piercers at Affinity Tattoo and Body Piercing craft masterworks using the body as a canvas. However, they blend their Type-B creativity with a Type-A commitment to cleanliness, resulting in body art that's as safe as it is stunning. Read on to see how the studio has become a haven for body mods of all types:
The artists work on your schedule. If you know what you want, you can walk right in and get it—even at 1 a.m. If you don’t, you can peruse the artists’ portfolios to generate and refine ideas.
Freehand technique is the norm... That means the tattoo artists and piercers don’t use forceps, which can cause tissue trauma.
...and so is aseptic technique. The same approach used in many operating rooms, this technique minimizes exposure to microorganisms, as well as ruthlessly avoids cross contamination of equipment.
They’ve never seen a tattoo they couldn’t fix. Maybe it was done by an early-stage artist, or maybe your tastes have changed. Whatever the reason, Affinity’s artist can transform cheapo ink into portfolio-worthy piece.
Implant-grade metals only, please. Every piece of body jewelry is crafted from nickel-free titanium or gold, and all are internally threaded or threadless. This dramatically cuts down on the tissue damage associated with external threads.
The studio doubles as a jewelry showroom. From navel curves to pin earrings, Affinity carries pieces from brands such as Anatometal, Neometal, and Body Vision Los Angeles.
In Focus: Electric 13 Tattoo
Location: University of Texas, The Drag
Tattoo styles: The artists can create a custom piece in almost any style, from American traditional to Japanese to tiny, delicate tattoos.
What if you need some inspiration?: Look at the mix of original artwork and flash tattoos on the walls.
The atmosphere: brightly lit shop with hardwood floors and a touch of the macabre in the form of skeleton dolls and masks
What’s not allowed here?: drunk people; cell-phone photography
Tattoo most likely to delight a small child: Realistic portrait of a majestic lion, by Paco Cendon
Tattoo most likely to attract a hummingbird: Large, colorful flowers in full bloom, by Mig Kokinda
Tattoo most likely to get you a high-five: Beavis dressed as a woman and perched in a champagne glass, by Pat Schreader
In Focus: Dovetail Tattoo
It’s one of the top tattoo shops in Austin: at least, according to the Austin Sun Times
The space: The building was constructed in 1929.
The walls: feature paintings by the tattoo artists
The feeling: low-key, relaxed atmosphere
The tattoos: custom tattoos in almost any type of style, including large black-and-gray compositions and photo-realistic portraits
Who specializes in portrait work?: Owner Wendi Ramirez, who has a degree from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
Who to see if you favor Japanese-style ink? El Sando, who can create a Japanese-style koi tattoo that symbolizes determination
Who can best memorialize a favorite pet?: Jerrid Rodriguez, whose highly detailed tattoos perfectly capture the personalities of beloved dogs
At Southside Tattoo, located in Austin’s South Congress neighborhood, the focus is always on the art. Owner Bart Willis and his team of artists and apprentices have become well-known locally for their craft, which extends well beyond the late night bad-idea tattoo crowd. Inside the vibrant blue space, lit partially by a neon sign, art and possibilities adorn the walls in organized frames. With designs that have graced the covers of rock albums and tattoo magazines, Willis and the rest of the crew at Southside Tattoo showcase a love for the talent of tattooing, and often work with individuals to put together unique pieces that fit the customer’s personality. From full sleeves to delicate reminders hidden under clothing, Southside doesn’t shy away from the work, or the artistry.
You don’t have to be Seabiscuit to win a great tattoo at Triple Crown. Triple Crown Tattoo is a tattoo parlor with a unique rustic vibe. Upon entering, guests will find pierced leather couches and wooden accents as if in an old western saloon. Copper ceiling designs and artistic furniture add to the mystique. If desiring a tattoo, Triple Crown is open every day of the week. Appointments are encouraged. If you are unable to make it to their shop in Austin, it’s no reason to worry because the tattoo artists at Triple Crown have traveled to tattoo conventions as well. Tattoo artists Scott Ellis, Mo Malone, Joey Ortega, Annie Alonzi, Javier Rivera, Erik Axel and Zach Taylor are sure to give you the best tattoo of your life. Giddy on up to Triple Crown Tattoo today.