2112 Angier Ave
Durham, NC 27703
The Studio is the proud host to a collection of custom tattoo artists.
By appointment only, we provide both standard machine tattooing, as well as professional machine-free tattoos. Samantha, Ariel, and Wren, along with our managers Kaitelyne and Spence, provide a "Creative Tattoo Service"
in an environment that prioritizes respect, consent, privacy, safety, and solid tattoos.
Each artist has their own individual booking system. Due to high demand, each artist usually has a wait time. It is encouraged to follow them on social media to stay in the loop about booking dates. On Flash Friday, you may claim custom designs by an artist ahead of the wait. Flash Friday happens on the last Friday of each month.
The Studio started as a one-artist shop in 2017. Three years later, an opportunity to expand to the adjacent storefront came along, and with that, the chance to provide a safe space for other artists and their clients to flourish. Every artist at The Studio is permitted yearly by the Durham County Department of Health and Human Services. Each artist also has certified training in the prevention of blood-borne pathogens. Read more about us below.
Ariel began tattooing at the start of 2018. However, her creative skills developed long before that. Ariel is inspired by nature and music. She draws, paints, and plays the saxophone. Her illustrative tattoo style contains neo-traditional influences with abstract elements.
"I love creating art and sharing it with my clients. Tattooing has helped me love myself in my body... my hope is that I can help my clients the same way through tattoos. Outside of tattooing, the things that make my heart happy are cats and Jazz music."
Machine-Free Tattoo Artist
Introducing Durham's first and only permitted hand-poke tattoo artist. Wren started practicing stick and poke tattoos on themself in 2018 as a way of overcoming and moving through pain, as well as reclaiming a sense of autonomy in their skin. Their drawing practices translated effectively into hand-poke, resulting in the discovery of a tattoo career; practicing machine-free tattooing safely and with care.
Their specialty is a ritualistic process along with an ethereal art style; drawing free-handed intuitive designs for their clients, as well as creative flash designs to choose from. Apart from tattooing, they draw with lead and colored pencils, paint, and embroider. They are also learning to weave chainmail jewelry.
"My favorite aspect of tattooing is connecting with clients. I love being able to hold space for trusting humans in this process of bodily transformation via permanent adornment."
Samantha's tattoo career started in 2007. Her experiences in different tattoo shops, along with traveling guest spots and conventions helped hone her tattooing skills and client relations. Samantha specializes in illustrative tattooing that flows and fits the client's anatomy. Flora, fauna, faces, and figures often appear as the subject matter in her works. She is inspired by the modern human experience within ancient nature.
At her 10 year mark of tattooing, she opened The Studio, and four years later, she is elated to share the space and success with other creative tattooists.
"Tattooing has been the most consistent part of my life throughout all the fluctuations of learning myself as an individual. It gives me a reason to create, accountability, and a sense of purpose by serving others with art."