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After no small amount of inner dialogue, talking with my wife & family and a lot of whiskey, I’ve decided to retire from tattooing. I have long wanted to pursue my career as a full time fine artist and the impromptu break from tattooing helped me to take a step back and realize that it’s time to make a serious commitment to my art career as I did for tattooing almost 30 years ago now.


I will be coming back in September to begin the process of finishing projects and tattoos that I had already started. That doesn’t mean you will all get finished however. I have some benchmarks with my art career that as I progress, I will be stepping back more and more from tattooing until it becomes necessary to devote all of my time to my art. I will no longer be booking online and I will be tattooing only select days, so you may lose your current appointment, to be

re-booked in my new schedule. I will get a hold of as many people, but if you have work started with me and have not heard from me, email me at


I will be taking no new work on. There are 4 very capable artists at The Ultimate who were all vetted by me, or trained by me that can handle a lot of the work people have approached me about. I thank all of my fans and clients for the years of support you have given me and I ask for your understanding now, as I transition to a new phase of my life.  


Anyone with further questions can email Shawn at:


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