Our crew spans a wide variety of styles and personalities – All the better to address the wide variety of clients we get here. Check out their Instagram links below their photos to get an idea of what they do and what they’re about.
Marc Da Sharc
I have to dispense with the royal "We" for Marc here. I (Ed, "The Owner") have personally known and worked with Marc for over 20something years in the various iterations of this shop and other ones we just won't mention. Though a card-carrying curmudgeon, his talent and not-so-carefully-concealed charm make him one of our most established artists. Versatile, great draftsman and craftsman, he can do it all- even if he won't admit it. Just stay off his lawn.
Chris is one of our long haulers - he couldn't even grow a beard when he started here. A student of the craft, a precise tattooer and raconteur, Chris came from Washington state years ago to settle into NOLA and ply his trade. Good food, good music, good booze...he'll probably be here forever. And we don't mind that one bit.
Josh is another long hauler, probably be in the ELT family plot with a few others of us who'll probably kick it in the shop one day. Hopefully not in the middle of your tattoo tho. A Mississippi guy that really cut his teeth here, he's one of our most dependable guys who can give you great work without what we call "Tattitude". Down to earth, and sweet as a molasses biscuit!
The Japanese talk about a fifth flavor - outside of sweet, sour, salty and bitter. They call it Umami. Joel can do Sweet. He can do Sour. He can do Salty, and of course he can do Bitter. But his fantastic drawing skills and a mordant sense of wit certainly lend themselves to doing work that sometimes can transcend all the common guideposts of everyday taste. He's like, uh, the tattoo Swami of Umami.
Devin started with us on the floor years ago, and then ran away to join the circus and become a tattooer. Thankfully, the circus part didn't work out. Awesome, sweet, talented and funny, we were lucky to snag her back as she established herself in the industry. Tattoos that are down to business and clean as a whistle, the only bad thing we can say about her is that we wish we could have taken credit for teaching her - but we're awfully glad to reap the benefits.
Tattooing as a craft has always been mean to the ladies, and it's awfully nice to know one that can be mean right back while keeping a tender place in her heart for strangers. Her refined drawing style and smooth palettes and color sense have been a great addition to our crew. And no, she's not really mean, she's a sweetie, we promise.
Few people in this industry can really straddle the gap between mastery of the medium and mastery of fulfilling people's narratives for the tattoos they get. One of the most affable and lovely ladies we've known in this business, Erica uses her craft to transform people both inside and out on a regular basis, whether it's shamanistic works or doing the beautiful everyday skin-trinkets that people love.
Aaaaahhh, Reverend Marc. Marc's right at the top of the "How did this guy end up here?" category for sure! A man of talent, a man of faith, a man with a smile and intellect as bright as his shiny noggin...and a (insert blasphemous word here) great tattooer to boot. Definitely one of our guys that handles all types of tricky stuff and dabbles in minor miracles.
One of our newer pickups, Scott's a great old style tattooer without some of the more curmudgeonly traits that most of them have (...ahem, Ed, Marc...)...He's super versatile and genuinely loves to tattoo and talk anybody and everybody's ear off. When he's not harassing Ed or other crew members, he's catching fish. We think he just does it to put 'em in the bucket and have someone else to talk to.
A man of sort-of-maybe-a-tinybitof infamy, Walt has been tattooing in the South and worldwide for over 30 years. A wealth of experience, talent, character and charm awaits you if you're lucky enough to park yourself in Walt's chair. If you want something classic or traditional, ya gotta always go with the old timers. (figuratively speaking, of course!)