Michael T. Gardner has been a prolific artist now for more than 15 years. His work can't be found in a gallery, though. Rather, it can be seen on arms, hips, backs, legs, and necks all over the city. That's because he renders his art in the form of tattoos, covering skin in countless designs. To save everybody the hassle of scouring bars, rock concerts, or biker knitting circles, Gardner conveniently keeps a record of his work on a Facebook page. Here, customers can spur on their imagination by perusing his latest pieces, such as an orange phoenix hip tattoo or a geometric tribal design that wraps around biceps. Of course, he or Scott Hale, an apprentice,
happily work off of brought-in designs, as well as consult closely with clients to create something new. Once they have finished working, they share several tips for post tattooing care, such as avoiding swimming pools filled with permanent ink.
Skin and Soul Tattoo's gallery displays an explosion of artistic talent. First there are Brittney Nettles' gorgeous hibiscus flowers, with leaves that wind like vines up the rib cage. Chris Gilvarry also has his own distinct style that’s dominated by grinning skulls sharp-toothed fish. Finally, there's AJ Lynn's perfectly aligned calligraphy and sketches of orchids in spring bloom.
Whether the medium is permanent ink or semipermanent henna, each piece of art offers a balance of technical skill and creativity to ensure its long-lasting beauty. Metal art also rounds out the parlor's service menu, with piercings to adorn an eyebrow, nose, navel, or wooden peg leg––just to name a few.
Rooster Down Tattoo Gallery's artists see possibilities wherever they look. Blank skin becomes a canvas for intricate tattoos—vibrant portraits that wrap around arms, backs, and antlers. So when it came time for Rooster's team of artists to purchase a business, they took a similar approach and looked for another blank canvas. After much searching, the artists found their perfect location—a vintage home more than 100 years old.
With two stories, the classic house makes visitors feel more like guests than customers. Upon entering, the staff invites patrons to lounge atop a waiting room's leather couches and watch a flat-screen TV, which hangs directly above a fireplace. The team then leads patrons into one of several private tattoo rooms. Here, Rooster's resident and visiting artists—artists like Graydon Payne and Melissa Senesac—get to work away from any distractions, such as a right-bicep dragon tattoo coming to life and playing the left-bicep trombone tattoo. The artists' steady hands can emblazon bodies with vibrant custom artwork or, alternatively, use EliminInk tattoo-removal technology to restore skin to a blank slate.
When you think of a permanent piece of art on your body, the idea can be a little intimidating. Christy Brooker founded her spa-like Damask Tattoo to counteract that notion. Indeed, the bright and chic ambiance inside the studio will make you think you’re about to get a massage rather than a tattoo. All of the tattoo artists at Damask Tattoo are women, and each one has different artistic specialties and interests, ranging from nature to portraits to street art. Clean is the name of the game here, and Damask Tattoo provides a special all-natural vegan aftercare kit to make sure your tattoo heals properly without any harmful chemicals. The artists take their role seriously in the community, which is shown in everything from their sponsorship of a woman’s softball team in Seattle to their fun and informative blog. Damask Tattoo is the perfect place to get some beautiful body art in a friendly, unintimidating atmosphere!
Liposuction, augmentation and more require going under the knife. Luckily for tattoo lovers, they only have to go under the needle. Under the Needle Tattoos is a popular tattoo shop in Seattle. Located in downtown Seattle, Under the Needle is an easy place to stop in for a consultation, to explore tattoo options or to get a pre-scheduled tattoo. Traditional and more contemporary styles are practiced from all tattoo artists, and guest artists are frequently featured as well, giving guests an opportunity to get a once-in-a-lifetime tattoo design. Facilities are clean and professional every day. Under the Needle also supports other local artists, carrying local goods, crafts, jewelry and more for sale in the shop. Tattoo-related events are often held in conjunction with Under the Needle, so check the shop’s website for more details to avoid missing out on these awesome events.
Behind a storefront nestled amid Belltown's bleeding-edge galleries and Art Deco artifacts, a quiet revolution is brewing. The shop is Dzul Ink Lounge, and inside, tattoo artists and brothers Jacob and Alex Dzul are out to turn decades of preconceptions on their collective ear. Gone are the cheesy designs and abrasive alt-rock assaults that typify most tattoo parlors. Instead, visitors step into a lounge that has more in common with a contemporary art space, a quality that's also shared by the shop's vivid, customized tattoos. Whether they're getting their first tattoos or adding ink to an already impressive bodily canvas, clients can flip through an iPad filled with thousands of the shop's exclusive designs, or collaborate with one of the resident artists on designs that are as personal as they are precise.