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The Artwork Is Not Just On Skin At Studio Ink Gallery

By Pamela Sosnowski

Studio Ink Gallery of Norman is much more than a tattoo parlor; it's one of the few tattoo shops in the country that features an art gallery. "The purpose was to create a space that is not only clean and safe but also fosters a creative environment for both the client and the artist," explains owner Erin Edelman. "We want everyone to be inspired when they are here."

The gallery features oil paintings, illustrations, alternative mediums, and more from both local and their own in-house tattoo artists. Of course, the walls also celebrate the art of tattooing. A recent exhibit was the David "Hek" Rogers Silver Show, which looked at 25 years of tattoo art by one of the studio's tattoo artists. As a member of The Downtown Association and The Norman Arts Council, Studio Ink Gallery is very passionate about showcasing creative work.

As tattoos have become more popular and detailed in recent years, the demand for talented tattoo artists has increased. The tattoo shop offers over 20 years of tattooing experience, and is licensed with the state of Oklahoma. The staff takes pride in creating quality tattoos in a sanitized environment and providing a positive experience with its clients from start to finish, and offers consultations to learn exactly what a customer wants and to give an estimate of how long the tattoo will take.

The friendly, professional staff includes three experienced tattoo artists: David "Hek" Rogers, Ashley Primm, and Nate Newcomb. All three can turn any design into wearable ink. According to Edelmen, "Each artist has their own strengths and therefore we are able to do just about anything that comes up! David did a really fun Alice in Wonderland inspired piece, Ashley did a really pretty expressionist mother and child, and Nate did an awesome peach the other day that I love."

Rogers in particular has 25 years of tattooing experience under his belt, and first tried his hand at art when he was seven years old and practiced drawing his favorite Star Wars characters. He then studied art at Oklahoma University and the Kansas City Art Institute. His hand drawn marker work is on view and available to purchase in the art gallery.

Local artists are welcome to submit their work for gallery consideration by emailing the studio or messaging them through Facebook.

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