TATTOO & PIERCING
MONDAYS BY APPT (TATTOO ONLY)
TUE - FRI: 11 AM - 7 PM
SATURDAY: 11 AM - 6 PM
The Ultimate has been in operation, as a tattoo & piercing studio, since 2002. Throughout its life, the studio has employed some of the Rochester area’s top tattoo artists and piercers. The studio is owned by Elizabeth Wise, RN, the studio’s head piercer who brings her experience as a registered nurse, into every piercing that she does, as well as the day to day operations of The Ultimate. Ensuring that every procedure, whether it be piercing, or tattooing is done in the cleanest and safest manner, putting the client’s health at the forefront.
The tattoo artists of the studio are headed up by veteran tattooist, Shawn Conn. Shawn, the son of a registered nurse himself, has been tattooing since 1991 and has amassed numerous awards for his tattoo work, inclusion in several tattoo publications and an outstanding reputation in the Rochester tattoo scene. All of the experienced and talented artists employed at The Ultimate, past and present, have either been apprenticed by Shawn, or vetted by him to guarantee the best possible tattoo experience for The Ultimate tattoo clients.
After attending RIT for art and serving in the US Army, Shawn began tattooing in 1991 apprenticing under Todd "Bare" Barry and Doc Yager. Besides being in demand for his highly detailed black & grey work and pop culture portraits, Shawn specializes in blending realism with abstract in his tattoo work, creating dynamic tattoos that go beyond the traditional definition of what a tattoo is. Shawn is also an accomplished fine artist, exhibiting in several galleries throughout the United States with his paintings in numerous private collections.
Sue has been tattooing at The Ultimate for 15 years, as of 2019. She specializes in a number of different tattoo styles: She enjoys tattooing the popular watercolor style, as well as, black & grey, realism, Polynesian tribal and covering up difficult tattoos. She has become well known for her vibrant floral tattoos and her use of color theory in her tattoo work. Sue attended RIT at the School for American Craftsmen, studying metal working and fine art. After 2 years at RIT, she traveled to and lived for several years in Maui, Hawaii, where she learned to tattoo.
GIANCARLO "BLACKRAFT" LOPASSIO
With a degree in graphic design and fine art, Giancarlo has been pushing the boundaries of what defines tattoo art, for over 10 years now. His distinctive style has made him a much sought after artist in Western New York. Preferring to challenge himself by working outside of the box, Giancarlo specializes in sketch type, abstract geometry, sacred geometry, and blackwork tattooing.
Dan has been tattooing for over ten years now. He got his start in Brockport, where he apprenticed and then tattooed for a number of years before coming to Rochester. Dan enjoys doing a variety of tattoo styles, from neo-traditional to realism, as well as traditional Japanese. Dan enjoys working with both bright colors, and black and grey. Some of his favorite subject matters, to tattoo, include science fiction, comics, anime, wildlife, floral designs and mandalas.
KRISTIN "COOKIE" BLESSING
Kristin "Cookie" Blessing has had a passion for art, drawing and painting, since she was old enough to hold a crayon. After working as an occupational therapist for 13 years, she decided to finish her apprenticeship with Shawn Conn and has been tattooing since February 2018. She specializes in "neo-traditional" illustrative designs and loves doing script.
TATTOO APPRENTICE/COUNTER HELP
Sophie has been creating art her whole life. She started her artistic journey wanting to pursue a career in 3D animation, but came to realize that it just didn't resonate with her creative self. Having grown up living next door to head artist, Shawn Conn, she was offered the opportunity to apprentice. She knew immediately that she made the right choice. "Tattooing is everything that I have always wanted as an artist and I’m so excited to see where this journey takes me."
Shawn now has online booking!
ELIZABETH WISE, RN
Elizabeth Wise RN started The Ultimate in June 2002 after a 25 year career in Oncology Nursing at the University of Rochester. Initially focusing on body jewelry sales in collaboration with talented Piercers & Artists, she developed a love of Body Piercing. A solid comfort level with needles & a focus on health & safety in this industry facilitated her successful transition to becoming a Body Piercer in 2005.
2933 West Henrietta Rd.
Rochester, NY 14623
Monday: By Appt Only (Tattoos only)
Tuesday - Friday: 11 AM - 7 PM
Saturday: 11 AM - 6 PM