With 18 years of experience and a devoted clientele, Brandon Heffron is one of the Twin Cities' premier tattoo artists. His award winning work has been featured in numerous magazines, newspapers and other major tattoo publications. In 2006 Brandon opened Beloved Studios, a custom tattoo shop located in St Paul, Minnesota. For the most part he's a self taught artist, but he has also learned for others in his field. After three years of tattooing part time,...
Since joining in August of 2006, Daniel Claessens has been using his creative skills and powerful imagination against the forces of evil. He uses dynamic, colorful imagery with a new-school spin and strives to utilize illusions and suggestion to flip the lid on traditional tattooing. Growing up in Minneapolis MN, Dan has been artistically gifted since, like, forever and has the mad ability to blow your mind! So prepare to be shocked with flabbergasting...
Hello there...I'm Sarah Jane. And I get to create something new and exciting everyday...I LOVE MY JOB!. I have been tattooing since 2004 exploring the many styles of tattooing. I'm passionate about designing together a unique tattoo that you will wear forever, there are no rules...it's art. Tattoos can have a powerful affect on you...so let's make them awesome! If you are wanting a...
I've been tattooing for around 7 years now but I've been intrigued with tattooing since I was about 14 which is when I got to see my dad get his first two tattoos. I grew up with an interest in art, always drawing things like scenes from my favorite video games and album art from my favorite rock bands. When I turned 15 the only thing I wanted for my birthday was a...
I’ve had an interest in art for as long as I can remember. From my days in grade school drawing Ninja Turtles and other Saturday morning staples for my friends and into my adult life where I took a keen interest in the field of conceptual art. I’ve always known that I wanted to pursue a career in art and tattooing stood out to me as a unique and very personal form of artistic expression. I strive for versatility in...
Hello, I'm Trav. I have been tattooing since 2008 and love what I do! I find it very important that clients have a connection of some sort to the tattooer they choose. Getting a new tattoo can have a lot of anxieties attached to it, regardless of whether your a seasoned tattoo client or thinking of getting your first tattoo and I believe that having a tattooer that you feel comfortable with is a very important part of the process....
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This is a recent article about the shop in the Park Bugle.
Across the street, Beloved Tattoo, 1563 Como Ave., is going on nine years and two expansions during the same time period. Owner Brandon Heffron runs the shop with his wife, Karis, who heads the tattoo-removal business connected to the shop.
“People think it’s funny they are connected, but if you’re in the industry, it makes sense,” Heffron says. Many of the artists at the shop are booked as far as a year in advance, and it’s not uncommon for clients to fly in from across the country to get inked by some of the shop’s nationally recognized talent.
Heffron has witnessed the ongoing “mainstreaming” of tattoo culture firsthand over the last two decades. He continues to work to overcome the stigma of tattooing and sees the gap between the art world and the tattoo world narrowing.
“I’d like people to recognize it as an art form, rather than just tattooing,” he says.
To that end, Beloved Studios has become more than just another tattoo shop. Work from local artists is frequently displayed in the shop and a new gallery space allows them to host more formal art showings, Heffron says. There is a community art night the last Thursday of each month, and the shop hosts a block party with live music, local food and lots of art every year.
One person who admits to Beloved changing her perception of t attoos is right next door.
“They are fabulous people,” says Sheila Burns, who owns Bliss Yoga Studio, 1565 Como Ave. “They changed my mind about what I thought tattoos and tattoo artists were like.”
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