Part tattoo studio and part art gallery, Mind Bender Tattoo is an Oklahoma City, OK one-stop-shop for tattoo artists. The studio is considered one of the state's top locations to get a tattoo done. Owners Josh Reynolds and Bobby Deneen opened the studio for a change from their previous studio. Mind Bender was designed to have more space and a full-time gallery. In fact, Mind Bender Tattoo also hosts art shows, featuring paintings from in-house tattoo artists.
"We invite fellow artists, tattooers and non-tattooers to participate in our group shows," Reynolds and Deneen say. "Every show to date has had a theme, ranging from heroes and villains to wildlife to horror. The general public is invited and our shows are free and kid friendly most of the time."
The gallery's shows are held on Saturdays every four months, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Guests that are 21 and older are offered complimentary beer as a refreshment. Paintings are available for purchase, but those who can't afford a full painting can also pick up a few free prints at the print booth.
"Every tattoo artist that works here is a painter as well so there is always someone working on something," Reynolds and Deneen say. "We opened in December of 2013 and have had great success with gallery shows, as well as full-time tattooing."
Reynolds and Deneen are tattoo artists themselves, and they say that one of their favorite parts about tattooing is that clients put complete trust in them. Their clients eagerly visit the Mind Bender Tattoo chairs to let Reynolds and Deneen mark up their bodies for life. They both say it's "unlike any other job."
Most tattoo artists at Mind Bender Tattoo are by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling or emailing the studio. The gallery is open during the same hours as the tattoo studio: Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 8 p.m.