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My name is Evan Olin. I enjoy taking my classical art background and applying it to my tattoos. I hold a Bachelors Degree in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. My tattoos often take on a painterly/ realistic style. Some of my favorite subjects include: anything dark or horror related, wildlife/ animals, portraits, and anything else I can render in a realistic or illustrational way. My goal is to deliver one- of-a-kind tattoos that my customers can be proud to wear and show off for the rest of their lives.
Mike Ledoux - View Tattoo Gallery - Email Artist
I have been tattooing in several Rhode Island tattoo studios since 2003. I attended Rhode Island College, and hold a Master's Degree in Art Education. Shaping impressionable young minds since 1997, I also teach art at West Warwick High School. While I have experience tattooing in a wide variety of techniques, I feel my strength lies in my illustrative style, which fuses realism with inventive physics and questionable secondary lighting. Think Dr. Seuss meets John Audobon. Or Salvadore Dali sitting on Norman Rockwell’s lap.
Jay Blackburn - View Tattoo Gallery - Email Artist
Although I’ve been creating visual designs since my days with Crayola crayons and macaroni art, it took me a while to find out that skin was the canvas that allowed me to best display my distinctive and original perspective pieces. Throughout my schooling I cultivated my abilities in the creative arts, it wasn't until a few years back that I realized that my true passion lies in the art of tattooing and wasn't until 2011 when I could make it my profession. While I enjoy most styles of tattoo, from lettering and black work to bright and vibrant color pieces, my professional focus is on illustrative and animated perspective point-of-view imagery. I love to take an object and twist it, creating an unusual and dynamic perspective with the illusion of space and depth. By concentrating on line weight, light sources, and focal points, I can use perspective technique to create a completely original work of art. (And given some paste and construction paper, I can still make one bad-ass macaroni snowman.)
Shane Baker - View Tattoo Gallery - Email Artist
Into art since I was a little Rhode Island tyke, I've always read comics, studied art and watched a lot of movies. Mutants, monsters and all types of creatures fascinated me - Fast forward 20 some years, not much has changed. Taking 2 years of fine arts courses at Rhode Island College, and sharpening the focus to Illustration at the Art Institute of Boston definitely helped further my love for, and skills in art. After a few years of kicking around trying to find an apprenticeship, I landed in the right place in New Haven, CT - where I've been tattooing for the last 5 years professionally. Now, I'm bringing it back to RI, at Powerline Tattoo! I try to be versatile in my tattooing, working in full color, black and grey, or fusing the two.. Some of my favorite things to tattoo, are creepy critters, frogs, birds, trees, bio-mechanical/organics and just about anything illustrative! I'm heavily influenced by many different types of art, and try to combine parts of all of them into what I tattoo. I like to put my own little twist to everything I do, and try my best to exceed clients expectations!
Jessica Brennan - View Tattoo Gallery - Email Artist
<> I’ve always been drawing, but it wasn’t until college that I realized I was pretty effing good at it. I started off at Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota FL, bounced around to a few places, including Boston, and returned home to Rhode Island and graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design (Class of ’05 with Evan). I took the Fine Art Painting route for a little while, showing my oil paintings at local galleries and doing commissioned work. I didn’t actually get into tattooing until a few years after leaving school. I may have been a little late to the game, but I caught on pretty quick, and completed an apprenticeship. I learned a lot, but kind of went my own way with things; applying my painting and color technique and adding what some may call a softer, more feminine touch to my tattoos. I love realism, and very colorful subject matter, such as: flowers, pin-ups, animals, etc. Art Nouveau has recently been a huge influence on my work as well, and I tend to incorporate many of its elements in my work. I’m definitely a fan of soft realistic black and gray work, but my passion lies in color. I also enjoy pastry, candy, and baked goods (to paint , tattoo, and eat--its kind of my thing). Also, rollerskating and long walks on the beach at sunset…
Mike Boissoneault - View Tattoo Gallery - Email Artist
I've been tattooing locally in Rhode Island for nearly 10 years. I consider myself lucky enough to have been working with and learning from some of the top artists in the state.
I feel a tattoo should be clean, readable, and made to last. Because of that, I hope to give my clients a unique custom piece and a good tattoo experience.
Stylistically my work has an illustrative lean with elements from japanese tattooing,but I enjoy all styles from black and gray, bio mechanical, new school,etc.
You can find me at the studio every day except mondays and
Kara Olin - Email Artist
I’m co-owner of PowerLine Tattoo with my husband, Evan. I am the business yin to his creative yang. I hold a Bachelors Degree in Foodservice Entrepreneurship, so use my business knowledge to manage PowerLine. I’ve been with Evan for several years, and share his passion for the art and am extremely knowledgeable about tattooing, though my artistic abilities lie in the kitchen. Working together at the shop allows Evan to focus on his art and the creative aspect of the shop, while I handle the “businessy” duties, along with keeping the shop impeccably clean, and always a comfortable and welcoming environment. It’s rare to walk into the shop and not be greeted by me. You’ll quickly learn that I’m totally devoted to the shop and most of all, our clients. Sometimes you just need a woman around to keep things in line ;)