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Hello, I’m Zach

I’m Zach, a 37-year-old tattoo artist from Baltimore. My tattooing journey began with a childhood passion for tracing comic books and experimenting with graffiti art. However, tattoos have been integral to my life. From my grandfather, who proudly bore ink from the legendary Cap Coleman shop in Norfolk, Virginia, to local artists who inked incredible stories, I’ve had several strong inspirations. I witnessed family members and friends eagerly lining up for these neighborhood tattoo services, which left an indelible mark on me.

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When I was 15 years old, my sister decided to get her first tattoo, which introduced me to the world of tattoo artistry. She started dating the tattoo artist, who soon became my brother-in-law. At 16, while most of my friends were hitting the road for sports and socializing, I found myself spending countless hours in the tattoo shop. I was the one meticulously cleaning tubes, tidying up the studio, and absorbing knowledge about the craft. By 17, I had completed my first tattoo at a previous tattoo studio I worked for.

I dedicated a decade to this shop, eventually joining forces with a colleague to establish our own space. I built a talented team, and the venture grew to include a third location. I had to work through my fair share of business-related legal hurdles and understand regulations to reach this step.

However, the challenges of managing multiple shops began to take a toll on me, leading to the dissolution of my partnership. I retained my latest studio in Arbutus, Maryland, a cozy private setting perfectly suited for me, my apprentice, and our loyal small-town clients.

My mission in this new chapter is to share my knowledge with aspiring young artists. The tattoo industry often hides its secrets, making it challenging to break into. My goal is to break down these barriers and provide opportunities to emerging artists who may not have had formal apprenticeships, were self-taught, or simply lacked a guiding mentor.


Join me on this journey of artistic exploration and growth. Let’s create a more inclusive and informed tattooing community, one inked masterpiece at a time.

My Mission

Nurturing Emerging Talents:

I believe that every tattoo artist has untapped creative potential. My mission is to help you unlock that potential, whether you’re a beginner looking to grasp the basics or a seasoned artist seeking to refine your skills. My guidance enables you to create tattoos that are not only beautiful but also meaningful.

Technical Mastery:

Tattooing is both an art and a craft. We are dedicated to imparting the technical mastery required to ink stunning tattoos. From stencil placement to the precise choice of needles, we will review every vital detail.

Understand Professional Ethics:

Building a successful tattoo career is about more than just artistic talent. I am here to help you develop professionalism in every aspect of your practice, from client management to studio setup. My goal is to ensure you create remarkable tattoos and provide a top-notch experience for your clients.

Mentorship and Inclusivity:

My mission is to break down the barriers that can make it challenging to excel in the tattooing industry. Whether you’ve had a traditional apprenticeship, are self-taught, or are simply seeking guidance, I offer mentorship that’s inclusive and tailored to your unique journey.

Knowledge Sharing:

Tattooing is a complex world, and questions often arise. My mission includes being your trusted resource, ready to provide answers and insights that enhance your artistic growth and understanding of the industry.

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