⚡️ K A T I E G R A Y ⚡️

____katie.gray

✨ LA: @enjoy.tattoos.la Feb 24-26
✨ NY: @this.time.tmrw April 6-9



www.katiegray.info/contact

www.katiegray.info/contact

www.katiegray.info/contact



#newyork #brooklyn #sanfrancisco #losangeles #la #ny #guestartist #tattoo

✨ THANK YOU KELLY ✨ I appreciate our time together. Done @____the_helm. Booking for February:

www.katiegray.info/contact

www.katiegray.info/contact

www.katiegray.info/contact



#thehelm #sanfrancisco #bayarea #bold_will_hold #tttism #tattoodo #contemporarytattooing #blackandgreytattoo #backtattoo #hawk #hawktattoo

✨ R E F L E C T I O N S ✨ From the WOMXN series, March 12, 2020: 3 days before shut down.

Dance qweens…. Move…. find ways to connect with one another… make a strangers day… find softness when your exterior seems hard + guarded…. find a moment today…. to be just in this moment. Thank you to all the incredible womxn who collaborated on this project. @ladymellifera @jankzine



#contemporaryart #communityart #dance #movement #performanceart #sculpture #sanfrancisco #juxtapoz #bayarea

✨ N E W Y O R K ✨ Finally I’m coming back!!! 🥳 I miss you all dearly + will be sitting in with the incredible crew @this.time.tmrw.

Big thank you to @stephanietamez + @virginiaelwood for welcoming me into their new space. I can’t wait to work with you all again. If you had a previous appointment booked that was cancelled due to covid, you have priority, so get your emails in: www.katiegray.info/contact

www.katiegray.info/contact

www.katiegray.info/contact



#newyork #brooklyn #thistimetmrw #newyorktattoo #katiegray #tradworkers #tttism #tattoodo #americanatattoos #bold_will_hold #bright_and_bold #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #finlinetattoo

✨ Thank you @samceldhair ✨ Loving this journey with you! Done @____the_helm.

Any SF/Bay folks needing hairstylists check out her new salon @stoneandrye… a fellow covid baby. Congrats hun!



#thehelm #sanfrancisco #bayarea #handtattoo #tattoodo #tttism #bold_will_hold #bright_and_bold #americanatattoos #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo

✨ Thank you Maria ✨ Done @____the_helm. Booking for January/February:

www.katiegray.info/contact



#thehelm #sanfrancisco #sanfranciscotattooartist #bayarea #tttism #tattoodo #blkttt #katiegray #bold_will_hold #floraltattoo

✨ @enjoy.tattoos.la ✨ February 24-26• BOOKINGS: www.Katiegray.info/contact (link in bio).

Huge thank you to @austinmaples , I appreciate you buddy, can’t wait to see the magical space you’ve created.



#enjoytattoosla #losangeles #tradworkers #americanatattoos #geometricwork #blkttt #tttism #tattoodo #blackworktattoo

✨ Thank you Daniel ✨ I am loving this process with you + looking forward to finishing up this leg sleeve!

Done @____the_helm. Booking for January/February// www.Katiegray.info/contact



#thehelm #thehelmsf #gypsy #gypsytattoo #tattoodo #d_world_of_ink #colortattoo #bold_will_hold #bright_and_bold #americanatattoos #tradworkers #tttism #sangrancisco #excelsior #missionstreet #katiegray #sanfranciscotattooer

⚔️ @____the_helm ⚔️We thrive off an exchange of information. Guest artists: doors are open…..

let’s make some ✨magic ✨
thehelmsf @gmail.com
thehelmsf @gmail.com
thehelmsf @gmail.com



#bayarea #sanfrancisco #sanfranciscotattooer #sanfranciscotattooartist #guestartist #blkttt #tattoodo #d_world_of_ink #tradworkers

✨ THIS WHOLE VIBE THOUGH ✨ Thank you as always Erica @sedumely. Done @____the_helm.

Booking January: www.katiegray.info/contact



#d_world_of_ink #thehelmsf #thehelm #sanfrancisco #bayarea #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #americanatattoos #tattoodo #tttism #bold_will_hold #bright_and_bold

✨ Thank you Madison! ✨ It has been an honor getting to know you + looking forward to more!

Done @____the_helm



#sanfrancisco #bayarea #thehelm #blkttt #tttism #tattoodo #blackworkers #sanfranciscotattooer #sanfranciscotattooartist #bayareatattooartist #katiegray

✨ Thank you Sasha ✨ I appreciate you making the trip! Done @____the_helm



#crane #cranetattoo #blkttt #tttism #tattoodo #tradworkers #blackworkers #contemporarytattoo #sanfrancisco #bayarea

✨ Thank you Nicky ✨ 😎 Done @____the_helm #sanfrancisco



#bayarea #tradworkers #blackworkers #blkttt #tattoodo #skull #americanatattoos #cowboy #katiegray

🎉 Thank You Megan! 🎉 Lovin’ the femme energy. This beauty was done @____the_helm.

Booking inquiries: www.Katiegray.info/contact



#thehelm #sanfrancisco #sanfranciscotattooartist #blkttt #tttism #tattoodo

🖤🌹 Thank you Kristen @kristinmarie 🌹🖤 I’m loving this journey with you!!! Done @____the_helm.

Just a couple more appointments left in 2021: www.Katiegray.info/contact



#sacredhearttattoo #sacredheart #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #tradworkerssubmission #americanatattoos #blkttt #tttism #tattoodo #katiegray #sanfrancisco #qttr #bayareatattooartist #sanfranciscotattooartist #bayarea

✨ Thank you Les! ✨ Always such a pleasure working with you.

Fun lil’ snake done @____the_helm #sanfrancisco. Booking for Oct/Nov: www.katiegray.info/contact



#snake #snaketattoo #finelinekillers #bayarea #thehelmsf #thehelm #tattoodo #blkttt #tttism

• THE HELM x FALLEN FEATHER •


✨ Pleased to announce the official release of our collaboration with @fallenfeatherhats.

These hats are available for purchase in house @____the_helm or via email: thehelmsf @gmail.com.



#fallenfeatherhats #thehelm #sanfrancisco #austintexas #colab #handmade #bayarea

✨OFFICIAL RELEASE✨ @fallenfeatherhats in Collaboration with @____the_helm ✨

This and five others in various sizes/colors will be available for purchase next week • More pics to come!
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Size 60cm Long Oval

Western Weight Rabbit Fur Felt | Hand Knotted Leather Band with Vintage Grosgrain | Hand Sewn Silk Lining✨
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#hatmaker #handmade #bespoke #custommade #hat #flatbrimhat #hatstyle #hats #hatwearer #hatlover #hatlovers #hatsofinstagram #customhat #customhatmaker #custom #style #silhouette #picoftheday #aotd #fallenfeatherhat #thehelm #sf

✨ Thank you Matthew ✨ I always love seeing my east coast clients out west.

Thank you for making the trip! Super fun magnolia done @____the_helm. I am currently booking October/November: www.katiegray.info/contact



#magnolia #finelinekillers #sancrancisco #bayarea #tattoo #tttism #tattoodo #d_world_of_ink #thehelm #sanfranciscotattooartist #excelsior

✨ Incredibly excited for this custom collaboration with @fallenfeatherhats for @____the_helm.

Get ready Bay Area.... these are going to be fire 🔥. H U G E thank you to Jamie for being a constant source of inspiration. Stay posted y’all....



#fallenfeather #fallenfeatherhats #sanfrancisco #austin #texas #bayarea #thehelm #customhats

🖤🗡 Thank you Jeremy 🗡🖤 This one is pretty dear to my heart...

the image that represents @____the_helm + the rising above the significant challenges of the last year +. Let’s keep after it! Booking for August: www.KatieGray.info/contact



#thehelm #sacredheart #sanfrancisco #bayarea #blackworkers #tttism #tattoodo #americanatattoos #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #blkttt #onlyblackart #finelinekillers #katiegray #sanfranciscotattooartist #qttr #top_class_tattooing #d_world_of_ink

✨ Thank you Kasee ✨ I am so thankful for this past year + getting to know you.

V excited for this journey. Done @____the_helm BOOKINGS// www.KatieGray.info/contact



#thehelm #bayarea #mandala #mandalatattoo #sacredgeometry #stippletattoo #d_world_of_ink #tattoodo #blkttt #tttism #sanfrancisco #conteporarytattooer #sanfranciscotattooartist #katiegray #handtattoo #top_class_tattooing

✨ Thank you Nam-Chi Van ✨ This was an absolute blast!

Thank you for being open + easy as heck to work with. Cheers to many more sessions of magic making. Done @____the_helm. //BOOKINGS// www.KatieGray.info/contact



#thehelm #thehelmsanfrancisco #sanfrancisco #bayarea #blkttt #tttism #tattoodo #americanatattoos #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #dagger #daggertattoo #skull #skulltattoo #katiegray #finelinetattoo #finelinekillers #contemporarytattooing #bold_will_hold

🐲 Thank you Liz 🐲 So happy to be back on this journey with you.

V much looking forward to our next! Siiiiccckk dragons done daily @____the_helm ✨BOOKINGS✨ www.katiegray.info/contact



#sanfrancisco #bayarea #dragon #dragontattoo #sanfranciscotattooartist #daggertattoo #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #blkttt #tattoodo #tttism #top_class_tattooing #americanatattoos #bold_will_hold #bright_and_bold #thehelm #thehelmsanfrancisco #katiegray

✨ SWEATSUITS ✨ Check out these cozy threads.

The iconic sweatsuit has become a big part of our lives + we are fully accepting it with style here @____the_helm 😎 We partnered with a local, family owned print shop here in the Excelsior SF, as part of our commitment to support small+ local business. Available in sizes S-L (XL sold out) + being sold as a set, not individual. To order please send payment through Venmo with your size + shipping address (also available at the shop for pick up). $100 + $10 for shipping ($110). Current purchases are going in the mail today. Next shipment will be next week: VENMO: @Katie-Gray-Tattoo Thank you for the support. These babies fit like a dream + sooo many pockets 😍



#thehelm #sanfranciscotattooartist #sanfrancisco #smallbusiness #supportlocal #bayarea #sweatsuit

✨ BRITT ✨ What an honor my dear. You’re such an inspiring woman + feel fortunate to know you.

Keep slaying mama @ladyhenze. Done @____the_helm



#thehelm #sanfrancisco #bayarea #skull #skulltattoo #bold_will_hold #bright_and_bold #top_class_tattooing #tradworkers #tradworkerssubmission #tradworkers_tattoo #sanfranciscotattooartist #peony #peonytattoo #americanatattoos #tattoodo

✨ Thank you Les ✨ Such an absolute dream working with you.

I appreciate the positive vibes + hope to see you again soon~ This beauty was done @____the_helm. Bookings for July/August: www.KatieGray.info/contact



#butterfly #butterflytattoo #blkttt #tttism #tattoodo #blackandgrey #blackandgreytattoo #sanfrancisco #sanfranciscotattooartist #bayarea #d_world_of_ink #top_class_tattooing #katiegray #bold_will_hold #finelinetattoo #finelinekillers

✨ Thank you Nicholas ✨ Another one for the books....

done @____the_helm Bookings// www.Katie Gray.info/contact



#panthertattoo #rosetattoo #tttism #tattoodo #sanfrancisco #bayarea #thehelmsf #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #blkttt #bold_will_hold #bright_and_bold #katiegray #bayarea #sanfranciscotattooartist #sanfranciscotattoo #americanatattoos

✨ Thank you Nicholas ✨ What an incredible start to our journey.


Thank you for remaining so strong in the mind + body. An honor working with you. Done @____the_helm //BOOKINGS// www.Katie Gray.info/contact



#traditionaltiger #traditionaltigertattoo #japanesetattoo #thehelm #sanfrancisco #bayarea #sanfranciscotattooartist #tattoodo #blkttt #tttism #top_class_tattooing #japanesetraditionaltattoo #blackandgreytattoo #katiegray

✨ #WIP ✨ Off to a solid (re)start @____the_helm.

Loving the amount of large work coming through the doors... and for the clients that continue to show up + cultivate magic. Would love to start some more larger geometric works. Booking inquiries: www.Katiegray.info/contact



#skull #backpiece #thehelm #blkttt #tttism #tattoodo #bayareatattooartist #sanfranciscotattoo #sanfranciscotattooartist #geometrictattoo #sacredgeometry #sanfrancisco #bayarea #linework #contemporarytattooing #qttr

@coolhandken @____the_helm #wip #sanfrancisco #bayarea #bayareatattooshop #bayareatattooartist #sanfranciscotattoo

✨ Thank you Kelly ✨ I don’t normally post in-progress work, but this one was way too fun not to.

And..... since we’ve been living in this stop/start world, it’s nice to see what positive forward motion we’ve been making. I truly enjoy the process of tattooing equally for the art + connection/community built with my clients. This practice is everything. Thank you Kelly, I enjoy our time immensely. Done at the lovely sanctuary @____the_helm. We are ready to welcome you with open arms + open doors!! Bookings: katiegray.info/contact



#thehelm #backpiece #sanfrancisco #tttism #tattoodo #blkttt #goshawk #bayarea #sanfranciscotattooer #sanfranciscotattooartist #katiegray #blackandgreytattoo #top_class_tattooing

✨ for my sweet cousin ✨ @baylie.gray Done in November for her birthday.

Happy first tattoo my dear, it has been a pleasure watching you grow. Done @____the_helm Booking inquiries: www.katiegray.info/contact



#sanfrancisco #bayarea #thehelm #hearttattoo #peony #peonytattoo #blackandgrey #blackamdgreytattoo #top_class_tattooing #tradworkers #blackworkers #blkttt #tttism #tattoodo #qttr #bold_will_hold

✨Thank you Daniel ✨ I had such a blast doing this piece. At least we have solace in our practice.

And to Daniel, thanks for sharing such a rad day that would’ve otherwise been yuck.
I have a couple appointments left in late May + June, inquiries: www.katiegray.info/contact



#tattoodo #thehelm #sanfrancisco #bayarea #tttism #bold_will_hold #americanatattoos #tradworkers #top_class_tattooing #clowntattoo #circustattoo #katiegray #bright_and_bold #qttr

✨ Dear 2020 ✨ Soon, you will be a distant memory...

as the year that forced me to tighten my bootstraps, in order to survive hellfire + plages. Thank you for the lessons, for my new home, @____the_helm + for allowing me to accomplish two of my biggest dreams.... in the midst of a nightmare. I hope to carry your lessons with grit + grace into 2021 + beyond. To all my clients, family + friends.... THANK YOU for your continued support. I am blessed to continue a new year with y’all.



#newyear2021 #sanfrancisco #bayarea #katiegray #thehelm

✨ Thank you Jess @jesstrainsdogs ✨ So happy time be working together again.

Done @____the_helm Booking inquiries// www.katiegray.info/contact



#thehelm #wolftattoo #wolf #traditionalwolf #tttism #tattoodo #blkttt #americanatattoos #top_class_tattooing #contemporarytattooing #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #blackandgrey #blackandgreytattoo #katiegray #bayarea #sanfrancisco #sanfranciscotattooartist #sanfranciscotattoo #qttr

✨ From our family to yours ✨ We wish you all a stable, peaceful + healthy holiday.

I know this one is exceptionally hard for most.... to be honest, the last time I truly celebrated this holiday, I was a tween. I’ve spent a lot of years inserting myself in others family’s just to make sense of the holiday. I never understood the massive capitalist push... The pandemic has made me really deduce my life, and who has remained is genuine. To my quarantine team, to my dearest fam, thank you for helping me through this season... through this year! You gave me a reason to celebrate... not holidays... but consistent, stable love + support. I adore y’all! Happiest of holidays to all my clients, friends, family and allll the extras whom have made 2020 manageable.



#happyholidays #family #frenchbulldogs #sanfrancisco #bayarea #staysafe #stayhealthy

✨ Thank you Ernie ✨ Had a blast with the detail on this one! Company was great too! Remember folks:

responsible gun ownership, or no gun ownership. Archives for @____the_helm , we can’t wait until our forced vacation is over + we’re back with y’all again. Currently booking for April/May: www.katiegray.info/contact



#thehelm #sanfrancisco #bayarea #guntattoo #blackworkers #tttism #tattoodo #blkttt #finelinetattoo #finelinekillers #katiegray #contemporarytattooing #top_class_tattooing #onlyblackart #qttr

✨ Another one for the darling Audra ✨ I am truly enjoying this journey with you love.

Done @____the_helm BOOKINGS for April/May: www.katiegray.info/contact



#thehelm #tradworkers #tttism #bold_will_hold #bright_and_bold #sanfrancisco #bayarea #sanfranciscotattooer #tattoodo #top_class_tattooing #traditionaltattoo #snaketattoo #ladyface #tattoo #katiegray #americanatattoos #qttr

✨ Thank you Mackenzie ✨ I’ve been having a blast with this one. Thank you for the openness!

Can’t wait to see the whole arm completed. Archives for @____the_helm BOOKINGS// www.katiegray.info/contact



#leopard #thehelm #sanfrancisco #bayarea #bayareatattooartist #blackworkers #tttism #tattoodo #blkttt #katiegray top_class_tattooing

✨Thank you Janice✨ I decided to open a couple more appointments before the lockdown + was so happy I did.

Janice’s partner booked her a surprise birthday tattoo.... Janice heard the news of a lockdown + was sad to think she wasn’t going to be able to get work this year.... but ✨surprise✨ Last one for me before Lockdown Season 2: Revenge of the Anti-Maskers.... 😅😂 If I don’t laugh, I’ll cry. I’m still booking for spring// www.katiegray.info/contact Done for @____the_helm ... the most amazing new sanctuary.



#butterflytattoo #butterfly #blackandgreytattoo #blkttt #tttism #thehelm #sanfrancisco #california #bayarea #tattoodo #d_world_of_ink #top_class_tattooing #bayareatattooartist #bayareatattoo #katiegray

✨Thank you JR✨ Love the openness with this one.... hope to work with you again.

Done @____the_helm BOOKINGS: www.katiegray.info/contact



#hawk #hawktattoo #tradworkers #tttism #blkttt #tattoodo #top_class_tattooing #blackworkers #onlyblackart #katiegray #thehelm #sanfrancisco #bayarea #bayareatattooartist #qttr

✨Thank you Christina✨ Really excited to continue this nature theme with you!

Done @____the_helm \\BOOKINGS// Katie.gray.tattoo @gmail.com www.katiegray.info/contact



#tttism #tattoodo #blkttt #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #bold_will_hold #darkartists #d_world_of_ink #contemporarytattoo #bayareatattooer #katiegray #sanfrancisco #bayarea #blackandgreytattoo #onlyblackart

🐓 Thank you CJ 🐓 I appreciate your support + our friendship throughout the year.

Can’t wait for the next. Birds are some of my favorite things to tattoo... more like this please! Booking inquiries: www.katiegray.info/contact Katie.gray.tattoo @gmail.com



#rooster #roostertattoo #americanatattoos #blkttt #tttism #tattoodo #bayarea #sanfrancisco #bayareatattooer #bayareatattooartist #katiegray #top_class_tattooing #japanesetattoo

🗡🖤 Thank you Stella 🖤🗡 Such an honor getting to work with this beautiful human on both coasts!

@stellamprice I would love to do more pieces like this! Booking inquiries, hit up the contact form on my website or send an email: www.katiegray.info Katie.gray.tattoo @gmail.com Books are open for March @____the_helm



#tattoodo #blkttt #thehelm #thehelmsf #tttism #top_class_tattooing #americanatattoos #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #sacredheart #sacredhearttattoo #dagger #daggertattoo #blackandgrey #blackandgreytattoo #bold_will_hold #katiegray #qttr

✨Thank You Eric ✨ Such an honor my dear... I hope for many more~ Done @____the_helm BOOKINGS//www.katiegray.info Katie.gray.tattoo @gmail.com




#rose #rosetattoo #tttism #tattoodo #blkttt #bayareatattooartist #thehelm #sanfrancisco #california #katiegray #blackworkers #skull #skulltattoo #qttr

🎉 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Le’Bron James 🎉 Thank you for being such a zened out little creature.

You make me strive to be a better human. I love you buddy! Cheers to many more 🙃



#LeBronJames #frenchbulldog #happybirthday #frenchiesofinstagram #bestfriend #frenchiesworld_wide #frenchies

✨ Thank you Annie ✨ I had so much fun with this one + hope to work with you again soon.

Done @____the_helm #sanfrancisco



#bayarea #tttism #tattoodo #d_world_of_ink #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #top_class_tattooing #thehelm #katiegray #bayareatattooartist

🐅 Thank you Tae 🐅 I appreciate the killer idea + openness. I hope to work with you again soon.

Done @____the_helm BOOKING// www.katiegray.info Katie.gray.tattoo @gmail.com



#sanfrancisco #bayarea #blkttt #tttism #toger #tigertattoo #koreantiger #katiegray #bold_will_hold #bright_and_bold #americanatattoos #tradworkers #qttr

✨💐 Thank you Erica 💐✨ Keep the good times coming!

Always lovely my dear~ Done @____the_helm BOOKINGS// www.katiegray.info Katie.gray.tattoo @gmail.com



#sanfrancisco #bayarea #qttr #thehelm #thehelmsf #rose #rosetattoo #traditionaltattoo #top_class_tattooing #americanatattoos #tttism #tattoodo #blkttt #katiegray

💐 Thank you Sophia 💐 Always a pleasure my dear. Looking forward to continuing this journey with you.

Done @____the_helm ••• Loving these geometric florals//booking inquiries fill out the contact form on my website or via email: www.katiegray.info Katie.gray.tattoo @gmail.com



#thehelm #thehelmsf #sanfrancisco #bayarea #tttism #tattoodo #blkttt #top_class_tattooing #americanstattoos #d_world_of_ink #katiegray #blackandgrey #bold_will_hold

💐🏺 Thank you Vanessa 🏺💐 Incredible to work with you as always, thank you for the continued support!

Loving theses vase pieces, more like this please!! Done @____the_helm #sanfrancisco. Booking inquiries//email link in bio//or fill out the contact form on my website: Katie.gray.tattoo @gmail.com www.katiegray.info



#bayarea #vase #vasetattoo #peony #tttism #tattoodo #blkttt #americanatattoos #too_class_tattooing #onlyblackart #qttr #katiegray

✨ FINALLY ✨ @____the_helm ⚡️WE ARE OFFICIAL⚡️🥳🎉 Take that 2020!

After months of hard work, my soul child has opened its doors. For those who know me.... know this has been a lifelong dream + it’s come to fruition in the midst of a nightmare. There is so much good that comes out of the challenging parts of life + I am so ready to share it. Books are open + scheduling for February/March. Let’s continue to change the course of our futures for the better... together....
Welcome to T H E H E L M. Let’s make some magic ✨



#thehelm #sanfrancisco #bayarea #femaleowned #queerowned #tattoodo #blkttt #tttism #top_class_tattooing #bold_will_hold #bright_and_bold #katiegray #tradworkers #americanatattoos

⚔️ THREE.HUNDRED.SIXTY.FIVE ⚔️ another year around the sun. The world is on fire....

but I’m still breathing. Let’s make the best of it.
xx~



#birthday #twentytwenty #stillalive #septembertwelve

• one of my faves from my time @newyorkadorned • Missing NY deeply right now....

can’t wait to be back with you all. But for now, SF has finally been given clearance and @____the_helm will be opening soon. I am now accepting emails/bookings. I’ve missed you all.... my clients are the reason I fought so hard to stay. Y’all mean the world + I can’t wait to share some tattoo therapy with you~ so, it’s time... send your emails + let’s social distantly hug it out for the remainder of this apocalyptic year. Sending love always~



#tattoodo #sanfrancisco #tattooarchives #tttism #blkttt #top_class_tattooing #bayarea #qttr

Remembering the good times... when my industry wasn’t bastardized by ill-informed politicians.

For those of you who have found a way to support us with over 5 months out of work: I FU$&ING ADORE YOU. Tattooing isn’t a career you leave... being an artist isn’t something you just walk away from. Yeah, paying bills definitely feels better than not, but it’s not why I do what I do. Artists shouldn’t be expected to starve at every crisis... they should NOT be the ones on the chopping block... artists shouldn’t have to struggle periodt.... the most ‘un-essential’ work I’ve seen lately comes from our government.... the silence is profound. For those of you lucky enough to not worry about keeping your housing, putting food on the table, or worry about juggling your kids education with you ability to provide... maybe take a second to check in with those whom don’t share the same luxury. We are nothing without one another.



@londonbreed @gavinnewsom do better. I would include @realdonaldtrump but that’s a fu$&ing lost cause. #tattooersareessential #artistsareessential #sanfrancisco #bayarea #california

✨ W O M X N I N C R E A T I V I T Y//2020 ✨ The second part of this project asked:

in reflection, how has this projects purpose/meaning shifted for you since COVID19. Answers below//

This project was literally the last social interaction I had before quarantine. But some of the connections that I made with womxn I had never met before -- specifically from this project, have persisted, and have now become what I consider some of my closest confidants and sisters now.

This photoshoot happened at the beginning of the pandemic before I had fully grasped the severity of the situation. I assumed that things would open back up in the near future and that we would be able to walk into a gallery and appreciate the art and message of empowerment that we had created together. Little did I know that this photoshoot would be my last physical gathering with friends. At the time, I was about 7 months out of a 12 year relationship and hadn't really had any physical affection so it was a very raw and vulnerable experience to be seen and touched without my clothes on. I felt safe, though. It was powerful to be in the physical presence of such strong, beautiful and inspiring women and it made me feel comfortable in my own skin. This project showed me the power of community and the strength that we can share by coming together as women. Even though we can't share a physical space at this point, we can still connect and create a community of like minded individuals where we can draw strength from each other.

Makes the Quote even more powerful. “behind every strong woman is a tribe of other successful women that have her back”
PHOTOGRAPHER: @jankzine ARTIST: @____katie.gray @____the_helm MODELS: @polemermaiden @ajolene @ladymellifera @bobalifts @issej_graham @rachel_does #womxnsupportingwomxn #sanfrancisco #bayarea #juxtapoz

✨ W O M X N I N C R E A T I V I T Y//2020 ✨ Part of this project was a questionnaire asking the womxn how the lack of physical connection has effected them in quarantine...

answers below:

I completely fell apart. My depression and anxiety skyrocketed and I eventually needed to go on medication to balance me out. Once I was able to achieve some balance I could implement coping strategies, but the fatigue and negative self-talk was so consuming I was unable to do that without the help of medication. This quarantine, while necessary in some ways, goes so against our biology and psychology and the consequences have been horrific.

Isolation and depression have been serious issues. Being so disconnected to people, when coming from an industry I was immersed in constant physical contact, has been extremely jarring. But finding online connections with like-minded womxn, willing to express themselves, and show up time and time again. Sharing their vulnerability with me has allowed me to open up as well. Womxn literally supporting womxn, being apart of communities that allow you authentically be yourself, without expectations. Seeing the creativity that is out there to maintain social connections despite being physically distanced, has been mind blowing.

The lack of physical connection in quarantine has made me realize how much I have been hesitant to show that sort of endearment before. Not out of active choice. But from a subconscious shield. It’s brought to my attention that, that is not how I have always been. That I have been affectionate in the past. And how I want to embolden that love in the future.

PHOTOGRAPHER: @jankzine ARTIST: @____katie.gray @____the_helm MODELS: @ajolene @ladymellifera @bobalifts @issej_graham @rachel_does @polemermaiden #womxnsupportingwomxn #sanfrancisco #bayarea #juxtapoz

✨ from the #archives for @____the_helm ✨ If you haven’t given my new project a follow, please do....

as we all need something positive to look forward to. Annnndddd.... my business partner is pretty lit @brianjonestattoos 🔥🔥🔥 #sanfrancisco #thehelm #tattoodo #blkttt #tttism #top_class_tattooing #bayarea #tradworkers #katiegray #blackandgrey

👺 @____katie.gray 👺 @____the_helm #tttism #tattoodo #tradworkers #japanesetraditionaltattoo #top_class_tattooing #archives

//W O M X N • I N • C R E A T I V I T Y// 2020: moments before our country shut down, and the world seemed to dim...

I gathered a group of womxn together in San Francisco, CA to celebrate what it meant to be a womxn in an increasingly arduous city. Prior to COVID19, San Francisco’s socio-economic climate had long wore on the hearts + backs of the working class. Womxn have often had to ‘prove’ themselves against an unforgiving landscape, now, that has only been exasperated. While we don’t know what the future holds, we have found through this quarantine, that there is no surrogate for the simple act of physical human connection. These womxn were chosen (most of whom had not met) because of the heart + soul they bring to the community. This project was fabricated as a means of showcasing the power derived from vulnerability. What happens when we lay down our arms and let one another in? Complete strangers able to strip down, build one another up + create lifelong human connections/support systems. This project now, feels even more meaningful than it did in its inception. With a world at odds with itself + an easy tendency to break one another down... maybe this is a moment to flip the script. A celebration of womxnhood, diversity, love and common respect. PHOTOGRAPHER: @jankzine ARTIST: @____katie.gray MODELS: @mermaydstudio @ajolene @ladymellifera @bobalifts @issej_graham @rachel_does #womxnsupportingwomxn #sanfrancisco #bayarea #juxtapoz

#challengeaccepted I had the honor of being nominated by two incredible women.

Both the talented makeup artist @lenachavezlove and hairstylist @kshira_hair in the #womensupportingwomen #womxnsupportingwomxn challenge. Both of whom have continued to inspire me on this journey. Those whom know me, know this is a narrative I push strongly in my creative works as well as in life. The world is a much better place when we can foster + uplift one another.... when we can support one another in our fight for equality + against sexism, racism + misogyny. It seems as though we have a long road ahead... there are moments I am overwhelmed with disappointment that we are still having the same conversations.... and we continue to fight the same battles that seem to fall on the same old def ears. Enough is enough. We can do so much more as a community of people. Cheers to positive forward motion. And to all my non-binary folx, and non-cis gendered womxn, I see you. xx~ 📸 @j.a.g.photography

✨ @ttt_l_c ✨ //SOLD// ‘LUST’ 2019 24” x 36” oil + mixed media on wood panel.

Last piece available from my last solo show @atakgallery titled: ‘You Used to Call Me Baby//The Intoxicating Culture of Filth.’ This piece is from the ‘self-sufficient’ series on womxn empowerment. Priced @ $750, but accepting offers (higher or lower) as we’re in the apocalypse + the government has no intentions on giving me any sort of financial assistance. Local pick up or delivery within the Bay Area or shipping available at cost. Hats off to all the other creatives in my boat... and to all the healthcare workers out there. Let’s get through this as a community 👊🏽 Email or DM to purchase: Katie.gray.tattoo @gmail.com



#covid19 #tttlc #contemporaryart #modernart #abstractart #sanfrancisco #bayarea #newyork #brooklyn #coronavirus #apocalypse #figurativeart @untitledspaceny @juxtapozmag @ttt_l_c @guerrerogallery

✨Quarantine Day 7 like....✨ Shit is weird right?!?!

🤯🤪 While I’m doing my civic duty and staying home, the need to pay bills weighs heavy. I know so many who are in the same boat. I’m posting some paintings in my story that are for sale. Only a couple left from the last show. If you have the option to work from home or are still able to hold down work during this pandemic, make sure to look out for those that can’t. Freelancers, self-employed, artists, service industry workers etc. Most people have online stores or even a quick check in. I am booking tattoo appointments for June/July so if you’d like to discuss, I’m offering FaceTime consultations, just email me: Katie.gray.tattoo @gmail.com. To those of you who have already reached out to me, sent deposits, bought paintings, sent messages or money, know that I deeply appreciate you! THANK YOU. I have the faith we will collectively work through this. Stay healthy and safe.... and mostly, stay your a$$ at home so I can go back to work soon. 📸 @dophotosf_v2 •


#sanfrancisco #bayarea #coronavirus #atak #stayhome #quarentine #day7

✨ Thank you Rebecca ✨ This amazing woman made a number of trips from SLC to come in for her first tattoo.

Thank you for your patience, consistency and dedication... not to mention the openness to go big on your first go! I hope to see you again soon my dear. Done @atakearth #sanfrancisco. Booking inquiries//email link in bio: Katie.gray.tattoo @gmail.com



#bayarea #leapord #tttism #tattoodo #blkttt #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #newyork #newzealand #brooklyn #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #americanatattoos #katiegray #darkartists #top_class_tattooing

✨ Thank you Helene ✨ A little golden nugget that’s part of a larger project.

Really looking forward to seeing this to completion. Thank you for being fu$&ing rad! For sitting like a champ and for making the trip from Portland! I ✨LOVE✨ doing birds and would be stoked to see many more in 2020. This beauty done @atakearth #sanfrancisco. Booking inquiries//email link in bio: Katie.gray.tattoo @gmail.com



#hawk #hawktattoo #tttism #tattoodo #blkttt #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #blackworkers #katiegray #bayarea #austin #newyork #brooklyn #top_class_tattooing #darkartists #tradworkers

•//AUSTIN//• Jan 31-Feb 2 @star_of_texas
• //NEW YORK//• May 6-9 @savedtattoo

Let’s have some good clean fun.
photo cred: @dophotosf_v2 •


#tttism #tattoodo #blkttt #newyork #austin #sanfrancisco #bayarea #brooklyn #top_class_tattooing #onlyblackart #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #katiegray #atak #saved #staroftexas #staroftexastattooartrevival

• Thank you Emmett • Feeling the f$&k outta this one. All the femme energy.

Thank you for the trust, it was an honor and a privilege to sit with you! More like this please!! Done at the incredible @atakearth #sanfrancisco. Bookings available for Austin in Feb, SF in April, and NY in May. Let’s do the damn thing!!!



#femme #atak #bayarea #blackworkers #tttism #tattoodo #top_class_tattooing #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #darkartists #women #womxn #katiegray #blkttt #bold_will_hold #contemporarytattooing #dworldofink #geometric #sacredgeometry #geometrictattoo

✨ Thank you Jan ✨ This was a super special one for me.

Thank you for your flexibility, communication & openness. Hope your journey home is safe and successful + hope to work with you again when you’re back in this part of the globe.

Wanted to take moment to state: my practice + studio space @atakearth welcomes + celebrates all walks of life, religious beliefs, POC, LGBTQIA, genders, sexual orientations, body types and disabilities. Our shop is a safe space & respect is our top priority. We are hear to listen + learn.



#atak #sanfrancisco #pelican #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #katiegray #newyork #bayarea #brooklyn #top_class_tattooing #bold_will_hold #tattoodo #tttism

🌹🏺 Thank you Carmel 🏺🌹 I had such a blast with this one, and of course, with you!!!

Can’t wait for our future projects. I’m quite obsessed with these vase tattoos lately and would love to make more in the New Year. Appointments available for March & April. Booking inquiries, email link in bio: Katie.gray.tattoo @gmail.com Done at the legendary @atakearth •


#vase #atak #rose #rosetattoo #traditionalrose #katiegray #sanframcisco #bayarea #newyork #austin #brooklyn #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #bold_will_hold #darkartists #tattoodo #blkttt #tttism #d_world_of_ink

🎄 Happy Holidays Ya’ll 🎄 Wishing everyone the best this holiday season.

Hope you all are surrounded by those you love.... and those who put a smile on your face. @steph9 @p._janed @thegoldengirlslive •


#happyholidays #sanfrancisco #family #merrychristmas #bayarea #goldengirls #goldengirlslive

⛓ Thank you Stacy ⛓ I appreciate you making the journey & taking the time to share space with me.

This was a super fun one! More like this please!! Booking inquiries, email link in bio: Katie.gray.tattoo @gmail.com



#atak #sanfrancisco #bayarea #snake #snaketattoo #dworldofink #top_class_tattooing #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #onlyblackart #tttism #tattoodo #blkttt #katiegray #brooklyn #newyork #austin #darkartists #bold_will_hold

💐 Thank you Marissa 💐 Appreciate you making the trip & getting some of my flash.

Hope to work with you again soon : ) This beauty was done @atakearth #sanfrancisco. Bookings available for February/March, email link in bio: katie.gray.tattoo @gmail.com



#atak #bayarea #tttism #tattoodo #newyork #brooklyn #skull #skulltattoo #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #darkartists #katiegray #austin #saltlakecity #rose #rosetattoo

💐 THANK YOU JOSHUA 💐 I had such a blast working with you and looking forward to the next!!

So grateful for those of you whom get my flash! My heart goes into everyone of these pieces and happy when they find their forever home. This fun one was done @atakearth #sanfrancisco. I have a couple spaces left in February & more in March. Would ✨LOVE✨ to hear from you. Email link in bio// katie.gray.tattoo @gmail.com



#tattoodo #tttism #blkttt #atak #bayarea #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #top_class_tattooing #katiegray #newyork #austin #texas #brooklyn #bold_will_hold #qttr #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #americanatattoos

✨ NEW YORK ✨ I am so happy to be back in my other home this week!

Ecstatic about seeing all my people and working with such a talented and aware group of people. I will be @savedtattoo the 16th-20th. I am fully booked!! If you have an appointment with me but can’t make it, please contact me ASAP. Cannot wait!



#newyork #brooklyn #savedtattoo #tttism #tattoodo #blkttt #top_class_tattooing #darkartists #katiegray #sanfrancisco #bayarea

🌹 Thank you JC 🌹 This amazing, compassionate, empathetic individual has been with me from the start.

Both the chest and lower torso are are more recent projects. Chest was two years + ago, Rose was last month. The most important part of this profession for me is the ability to build relationships and grow with clientele over the years. I look forward to continuing this journey with my current clients and am ecstatic to start this off with the new. The new year is around the corner. Let’s start it off right and connect. Email link in bio// Katie.gray.tattoo @gmail.com



#rose #rosetattoo #torsotattoo #atak #sanfrancisco #bayarea #tttism #tattoodo #top_class_tattooing #onlyblackart #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #americanatattoos #darkartists

👌🏽 Thank you Emily 👌🏽 It’s been quite the journey for us.

I admire your persistence and strength. Thank you for being open. Cheers to many more : ) This beauty was from the flash archives @atakearth #sanfrancisco. Books are open for late December/January. Inquiries//email link in bio: Katie.gray.tattoo @gmail.com



#geometrictattoo #tttism #tattoodo #top_class_tattooing #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #newyork #brooklyn #stippletattoo #bold_will_hold #tibetiantattoo #katiegray #darkartists #americanatattoos #tradworkers

‘You Used to Call Me Baby//The Intoxicating Culture of Filth’ @atakgallery 8pm-late.

Please come celebrate the opening to my solo show, free cocktails provided by the talented @quimbyrt + the DJ talents of @djlivv. Couldn’t be more happy to share such a special evening with you all. Huge thank you to @adrianatak for all the blessings + @coolhandken for the handiwork. •


#atak #atakgallery #sanfrancisco #bayarea #fineart #modernart #contemporaryart #abstractart #figurativeart #oilpainting #painting

✨SOLD✨ YOU USED TO CALL ME BABY//THE INTOXICATING CULTURE OF FILTH// Thursday, August 1st @ 8pm-late @atakgallery 1038 Larkin.

Please come show your support, sip some drinks + listen to some jams + consume some art. This body is an accumulation of two years work in NYC + SF. Come see my alternative life ‘outside’ of tattooing. ALL are welcome. •


#atak #atakgallery #sanfrancisco #bayarea #womxn #katiegray #contemporaryart #modernart #abstractart #fineart #newyork #brooklyn #oilpaint #painting #juxtapoz

😻 Thank you Chris! 😻 @kanyewaste Another one for this exceptional human.

Thank you for the fun projects but even more so, for being a conscious, productive and absolutely radical person 😎 I appreciate our time••• Kitty portraits done in YOUR style daily @blackhearttattoo. I’d LOVE to hear from you, booking inquiries//email link in bio: Katie.gray.tattoo @gmail.com



#onlyblackart #blacktattooart #kitty #tiger #tttism #tattoodo #blkttt #top_class_tattooing #katiegray #onlyblackadt #darkartists #bayarea #newyork #brooklyn #williamsburg #americanatattoos #bold_will_hold #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo

✨SOLD✨ YOU USED TO CALL ME BABY//THE INTOXICATING CULTURE OF FILTH.

I’m pleased to announce the opening of my solo show @atakgallery Thursday August 1st @ 8pm-late. Please come celebrate the release of this
multidisciplinary body of work that embodies, questions, explores and celebrates the cultural relationship to filth, environment and femaleness. With the physical use of garbage as material, and the inquiry into female sexual representation, this series embarks on an exploration of the webbing of these socio-cultural and environmental relationships//Huge TAHNK YOU to @adrianatak for the opportunity//



#theintoxicatingcultureoffilth #filth #youusedtocallmebaby #katiegray #atakgallery #sanfrancisco #california #bayarea #newyork #brooklyn #juxtapoz #untitledspace #contemporaryart #modernart #fineart #abstractart #contemporary #femaleness #womxn #figurativeart #happenings #painting #oilpainting #mixedmedia #mixedmediapainting #performanceart 📸 @littleboxestheater

✨SOLD✨ • Aggravated Landscape • 2019//Oil/mixed media on wood panel 36”x48”.

This piece has been in the works since 2017, over two year of work which started when I lived in NYC & completed in San Francisco. It has seen me through two cross country moves, two jobs, three major family deaths & the loss of my families home(s) in the Camp Fire. Making art seems like an uphill battle at times... especially living in a city that seems to value its art//artists less + less. But it has remained the most consistent thing in my life. I am happy to announce that this piece, along a number of others, will be on display @atakgallery in San Francisco, Thursday August 1st from 7-10pm. Please come and show your support, all artworks will be for sale. •


#aggrivatedlandscape #contemporaryart #fineart #abstractart #modernart #colorblock #oilpaint #mixedmedia #newyork #sanfrancisco #bayarea #katiegray #atakgallery #atak #landscapeart #landscape

🌈 Queer//Proud 🌈 For all of those who’ve had to build your family, community & support system...

I stand with you. #happypride #2019 #pride #sanfrancisco #bayarea 📷 @erikahokanson

~ a love letter.... Not a day goes by I don’t think of you.

Not a circumstance arises that I don’t wish you were here to council me. Not an accomplishment happens without the desire to celebrate with you. Everything has become a little less meaningful without you around. It’s been almost two years now & I’m learning to live with the void you’ve left, as I know nothing will ever replace your presence in my life. If you are in fact some mystical ball of energy floating around me, my only hope is to push forward so I can make you proud. I miss you Dad, everyday... all day. And I love you beyond words. Thank you for being my father. Rest easy sweet soul~



#happyfathersday #family #imissyou

💀 Thank you Sophia 💀 Appreciate you always. Booking inquiries//email link in bio:

blu.collar.art @gmail.com



#tradworkers #bold_will_hold #blackworkers #tttism #top_class_tattooing #sanfrancisco #bayarea #onlyblackart #darkartists #katiegray #newyork #blkttt #skull #skulltattoo #tattoodo

🏺 Thank you Ben 🏺 Appreciate you making it all this way, and of course, for getting my flash!

More like this always available @blackhearttattoo. Booking inquiries//email link in bio: blu.collar.art @gmail.com



#tradworkers #bold_will_hold #blackworkers #tttism #top_class_tattooing #sanfrancisco #bayarea #newyork #brooklyn #americanatattoos #tattoodo #katiegray #blackandgrey #contemporarytattoo #darkartists #onlyblackart

🕷 Thank you Jessi 🕷 This incredible young woman has been with me from the early years.

So much gratitude for those willing to grow with me. Cheers to many more years my love 🥂 @issej_graham BTW, hands are one of my favorite spots to tattoo! Done @blackhearttattoo #sanfrancisco



#spider #spidertattoo #geometricspider #sacredgeometry #geometrictattoo #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #darkartists #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #blkttt #tttism #tattoodo #katiegray #bayarea #newyork #handtattoo #top_class_tattooing

🖤 thank you Bailey 🖤 Such a tough tattoo for this rad young woman 💪🏽 Thank you for being so brave & awesome to work with.

More like this please! Head tattoo done @blackhearttattoo #sanfrancisco. For booking inquiries//email link in bio: blu.collar.art @gmail.com •


#traditionaltattoo #mandalatattoo #mandala #blkttt #tttism #tattoodo #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoos #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #darkartists #dworldofink #geometrictattoo #katiegray #newyork #sanfrancisco #bayarea

🦂 Thank you Kayla 🦂 Appreciate you making this the easiest experience ever.

So happy to have had the chance to work with you & hope to again in the future. Scorpion done @blackhearttattoo #sanfrancisco. Keep these beauties coming//email link in bio: blu.collar.art @gmail.com •


#scorpion #scorpiontattoo #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #americanatattoos #theoriginalblackhearttattoo #top_class_tattooing #bayarea #tradworkers_tattoo #katiegray #darkartists #handtattoo #newyork #denver #portland #tattoodo #blkttt #tttism

•• Thank you Scott ••The only reason this piece came to fruition was due to this particular clients dedication, flexibility & openness.

Even in the midst of a big move, career, wife & kids, this man still committed to the process. It’s people like you who make this job worth while. Thanks for making it happen. More big birds please! Done @blackhearttattoo , booking inquiries//email link in bio: blu.collar.art @gmail.com •


#pelican #pelicantattoo #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #americanatattoos #theoriginalblackhearttattoo #top_class_tattooing #sanfrancisco #bayarea #newyork #katiegray #montreal #denver #tattoodo #blkttt #tttism #darkartists #onlyblackart #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo

🖤 Thank you David ♣️ It’s not often you get a first timer with awesome ideas & wanting to go big.

Honored to be apart of this journey with you. Love these playing card mash ups, keep ‘em comin’ @blackhearttattoo. Booking inquiries//email link in bio//blu.collar.art @gmail.com



#top_class_tattooing #tradworkers_tattoo #blackworkers #tttism #blkttt #tattoodo #onlyblackart #blackworkers_tattoo #americanatattoos #darkartists #sanfrancisco #katiegray #newyork #montreal #denver #portland #bayarea #newzealand #queenofhearts #kingofhearts #playingcards

🦂Thank you Alex 🦂 Honored to add this guy to your incredible collection.

Hope to work with you again. Scorpion done @blackhearttattoo #sanfrancisco. Bookings//email link in bio//blu.collar.art @gmail.com



#scorpion #scorpiontattoo #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #top_class_tattooing #americanatattoos #katiegray #bayarea #newyork #montreal #denver

🐍 Thank you Steve 🐍 Thank you for getting my flash & appreciate you and the fam making the trip from Oklahoma!!!

Safe travels home & hope to cross paths in the future. Siiiiick snakes done @blackhearttattoo. Booking inquiries//email link in bio: blu.collar.art @gmail.com



#tradworkers_tattoo #sanfrancisco #top_class_tattooing #americanatattoos #newyork #sanfrancisco #bayarea #katiegray #theoriginalblackhearttattoo #bold_will_hold #montreal #tattoodo #blkttt #tttism #snake #peony #snaketattoo #peonytattoo

🖤 Thank you Eric 🖤 My favorite sort of people choose from my flash book....

let’s keep it casual 😎 Drawings like this available for tattoos always @blackhearttattoo. Booking inquiries//email link in bio: blu.collar.art @gmail.com



#tattooflash #sanfrancisco #bayarea #tattoodo #tttism #blkttt #top_class_tattooing #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #darkartists #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #btattooing #americanatattoos #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #newyork #katiegray #montreal #denver #portland

🌹 Thank you Gus 🌹 Really loved all the moments of this project.

Thanks for the rad idea, your consistency & for the honor of adding to such an incredible collection. Hope to work with you again in the future. Collar rocker done @blackhearttattoo. Booking inquiries//email link in bio: blu.collar.art @gmail.com •


#tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #top_class_tattooing #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #darkartists #tttism #tattoodo #blkttt #sanfrancisco #newyork #losangeles #montreal

🐙 Thank you Chad 🐙 I’ve had the honor of being on quite a journey with this young gentleman.

Thank you for all the years, the trust and the awesome ideas. Octopus vs. Ship done @blackhearttattoo #sanfrancisco. Email link in bio: blu.collar.art @gmail.com



#bold_will_hold #theoriginalblackhearttattoo #tttism #tattoodo #blkttt #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #bayarea #newyork #manhattan #montreal #losangeles #americanatattoos #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #katiegray #darkartists #top_class_tattooing

🌖🌗🌘🌑🌒🌓🌔 Thank you Mia! You’re ideas are killer, keep them coming 🙌🏽 Mountains + moon phases done @blackhearttattoo.

Booking inquiries//email link in bio: blu.collar.art @gmail.com.



#moonphases #moontattoo #moon #blkttt #tttism #tattoodo #darkartists #mountain #bold_will_hold #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #katiegray #sanfrancisco #newyork #montreal #denver #losangeles #bayarea #top_class_tattooing

✋🏽 thank you Alyssa ✋🏽 So great getting to work with you on both coasts!

Looking forward to future projects & congratulations on this next chapter. More flash like this available always @blackhearttattoo. Booking inquiries//email link in bio: blu.collar.art @gmail.com



#bold_will_hold #sanfrancisco #tradworkers #blkttt #tttism #tattoodo #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #darkartists #tibetianart #katiegray #bayarea #top_class_tattooing #americanatattoos #newyork #montreal #losangeles #denver

🌹Thank you Edson 🌹 Keep coming with the rad ideas. Rose done at the one + only @blackhearttattoo.

Bookings//email link in bio: blu.collar.art @gmail.com



#blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #rose #rosetattoo #traditionalrose #katiegray #sanfrancisco #bayarea #newyork #montreal #losangeles #americanatattoos #top_class_tattooing #tattoodo #tttism #blkttt

✏️Thank you Mia✏️ It was an honor getting to know you & I hope this does your grandfather justice :

) Thanks for making the trip. Pencils done @blackhearttattoo #sanfrancisco , booking inquiries//email link in bio: blu.collar.art @gmail.com



#top_class_tattooing #americanatattoos #blkttt #tttism #tattoodo #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #blackworkers #tradworkers #contemporarytattooing #katiegray #bayarea #newyork #losangeles #montreal #blackhearttattoo

✨ Thank you Keni ✨ So happy I got to work with you again. Thanks for the awesome subject matter.

Gap fillers done @blackhearttattoo #sanfrancisco. Booking inquiries//email link in bio: blu.collar.art @gmail.com.



#rooster #roostertattoo #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #americanatattoos #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #contemporarytattoo #tattoodo #blkttt #tttism #katiegray #newyork #montreal #losangeles #bayarea #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #blacktattooart #darkartists #contemporarytattooing #top_class_tattooing

⚔️🖤Happy Valentines Sweethearts 🖤 ⚔️ Love the skin you’re in. 📷 @dophotosf_v2 •


#sanfrancisco #bayarea #newyork #losangeles #montreal #brooklyn #tattoodo #tttism #blkttt #onlyblackart #darkartists #tattoolife #tattooedwomen #contemporaryart #contemporaryartist #nude #nudephotograpy #tattoolifemagazine

•🐅 thank you Elise 🐅• It was an honor to be the start of your tattoo journey//I appreciate you getting rad work & hope for many more to come :

) This cute little kitty was done @blackhearttattoo #sanfrancisco. Booking inquiries//email link in bio: blu.collar.art @gmail.com



#tigertattoo #traditionaltiger #tattoodo #tttism #blkttt #bayarea #newyork #theoriginalblackhearttattoo #blackhearttattoo #tradworkers_tattoo #tradworkers #katiegray #montreal #top_class_tattooing #americanatattoos #darkartists #onlyblackart #losangeles #contemporarytattooing #contemporarytattoo

✨ Thank you Jazz ✨ Loved working with you on this project & look forward to more.

Keep up the positive forward motion. #Yellowfin #Tuna done @blackhearttattoo #sanfrancisco #california. Booking inquiries//email link in bio: blu.collar.art @gmail.com •


#theoriginalblackhearttattoo #fishtattoo #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #bayarea #newyork #montreal #darkartists #top_class_tattooing #americanatattoos #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #tattoodo #blkttt #tttism

🐅 Thank you Sal 🐅 Honored to be apart such a rad collection of art.

Keep the positive forward motion & looking forward to our next project 🦋🙎🏻‍♀️. #Tiger done @blackhearttattoo #sanfrancisco // {bookings} email link in bio: blu.collar.art @gmail.com



#traditionaltiger #tigertattoo #top_class_tattooing #americanatattoos #tradworkers #japanesetattoo #bold_will_hold #bright_and_bold #katiegray #bayarea #theoriginalblackhearttattoo #newyork #montreal #losangeles #tattoodo #tttism

✨thank you Oriane✨ Loving this journey we’re on. #Mandala done @blackhearttattoo #sanfrancisco.

Booking inquiries/email link in bio: blu.collar.art @gmail.com



#mandalatattoo #geometric #geometrictattoo #sacredgeometry #blkttt #tttism #tattoodo #bayarea #theoriginalblackhearttattoo #contemporarytattooing #newyork #losangeles #katiegray #blackworkers #blackworkwrs_tattoo #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #darkartists #montreal #top_class_tattooing

✨ Thank you Daria ✨ This lil’ lady had me fooled, killer idea/reference material & such a calm demeanor, I forgot it was her first!!

You rock my dear! Thanks for making the trip. #matryoshka done @blackhearttattoo #sanfrancisco. Booking inquiries/email link in bio: blu.collar.art @gmail.com



#tttism #tattoodo #top_class_tattooing #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #bold_will_hold #bright_and_bold #theoriginalblackhearttattoo #katiegray #losangeles #newyork #bayarea #montreal #contemporarytattoo #nestingdoll #americanatattoos #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo

✨ Thank you Maddie ✨ So honored to work with you (twice!) Hope to see you again in the future.

More #mandalas please! This beauty was done @blackhearttattoo. For booking, email link in bio: blu.collar.art @gmail.com



#theoriginalblackhearttattoo #bold_will_hold #top_class_tattooing #americanatattoos #geometrictattoo #blkttt #tttism #tattoodo #mandalatattoo #katiegray #bayarea #montreal #losangeles #newyork #darkartists #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #onlyblackart #blacktattooing #blacktattooart

• GAZE 2017 • 20”X30” oil + graphite on wood panel ✨SOLD✨ Thank you @cunniffed79 !!!

This piece was apart of my 2017 solo show @atakgallery which received a write up in @juxtapozmag (link in bio).



#oilpainting #contemporaryart #modernart #fineart #painting #sanfrancisco #bayarea #figurativeart #katiegray #abstractart #juxtapoz #juxtapozmag #atak #atakgallery

🖤 Thank you Dani 🖤 Honored to be apart of such a brilliant collection of work.

Best of luck to you on this next chapter. Would love to do more tattoo like this in 2019! For booking, please email link in bio: blu.collar.art @gmail.com (no ‘e’ in blu).



#cobra #cobratattoo #theoriginalblackhearttattoo #katiegray #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #americanatattoos #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #darkartists #boldwillhold #bold_will_hold #tttism #tattoodo #blkttt #top_class_tattooing #contemporarytattooing #newyork #sanfrancisco #bayarea

~A love letter to 2018...
Dearest 2018, you were a year like so many, yet unique in your own way.

Much like previous years you held me tight, but also kicked me in the gut. You showered me with growth oriented experiences (both the highs and the lows) and landed me here, today... on the final day of your rein. I can’t say I will miss you, though I will remember our cross country tour, big mountain hikes, international travel and the blessing of my new job @blackhearttattoo... I will also never forget the loss of my closest people, family houses & job. All these things good or bad, are part of the process & I will remain grateful for their lessons. The one thing I will ask 2019 is for more creativity, more art, more connections with good hearted people, and most of all, positive forward motion. Wishing everyone a safe and happy New Year & hope to have the chance to connect with you all in 2019. 🎉



#goodbye2018 #happynewyear # #newyearseve #katiegray #sanfrancisco #bayarea #darkartists #bold_will_hold #top_class_tattooing #tradworkers_tattoo #americanatattoos #blkttt #tttism #tattoodo 📸 @j.a.g.photography

🖤 another one from @studioone.toitu @twohandstattoo 🖤 Thank you New Zealand!!!

Appointments available back in San Francisco @blackhearttattoo , email link in bio: blu.collar.art @gmail.com



#blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #auckland #newzealand #geometrictattoo #geometricflower #sacredgeometry #sanfrancisco #katiegray #darkartists #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #newyork #losangeles #montreal #chicago #boldwillhold #tttism #blkttt #tattoodo #americanatattoos #top_class_tattooing

✨ new york ✨ I haven’t forgotten about you. Dates coming soon... 🖤
📸 @j.a.g.photography •



#newyork #brooklyn #tttism #tattoodo #darkartist #onlyblackart #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #americanatattoos #top_class_tattooing #katiegray #theonlyblackhearttattoo #sanfrancisco #bayarea

🖤 thank you Misa 🖤 It was an honor to be apart of such a rich collection of work.

Thank you for your support of the community. Tattooing needs more clients like you. More tattoos like this please 😍. Done @blackhearttattoo. Email/call: blu.collar.art @gmail.com / 415-431-2100



#sanfrancisco #bayarea #bayareatattooconvention #blkttt #tttism #tattoodo #theoriginalblackhearttattoo #blackworkers #tradworkers #top_class_tattooing #darkartists #americanatattoos #tradworkers_tattoo #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #katiegray #newyork #queenofhearts

✨Est circa 1988✨ Yesterday I had the honor of celebrating one of my oldest & dearests 36th birthday @decotartelette.

I have had the privilege of calling her my best friend for 31 of those years. Friendships like this are once in a lifetime... If you’re lucky. There are some people who seem to make the world stop. Everything is right when I am with them, these two to my right are exactly that. You could give me all the riches in the world... but nothing compares to the richness I find with these sisters. Cassandra Rose, words cannot express how much I love you. Thank you for your patience and always being by my side when others have long since walked. You are a vision & I’m beyond proud of the woman you’ve become. Happiest of birthdays sweet soul 🎈



@joleenkillian #bestfriends #soulsisters #chosenfamily #bff #bffs #nobaddays #family #davenport #california #sisters

✨ Thank you Audra ✨ You were an absolute gem from start to finish! Please come back to me :

))) More like this please!!! Appointments available @blackhearttattoo , email: blu.collar.art @gmail.com or call: 415-431-2100



#theoriginalblackhearttattoo #sanfrancisco #rooster #tradworkers #tttism #tattoodo #tradworkers_tattoo #blkttt #bold_will_hold #americanatattoos #top_class_tattooing #katiegray #newyork #denver #bayarea #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #darkartists #blacktattoong #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo

🖤 ANNOUNCEMENT 🖤 After a good period of getting to know one another...

like any solid relationship... we have decided to commit. I am honored to announce that I am officially apart of the BlackHeart Tattoo family here in San Francisco. Part of me thought I’d never see the day, but none the less, here we are... full of gratitude 🙏🏽 Can’t thank my team enough for taking a chance on me & special thank you to @classicjuan for opening the door & @jeffrassier @scsylvia for making a girls dreams come true. Looking forward to the future. That being said, to all my Bay Area clients, books are open! You can email: blu.collar.art @gmail.com (no ‘e’ in blu) or call/stop by the shop: 415-431-2100. Let’s fu€&ing do this 🙌🏾



@blackhearttattoo @sasshole666 @saarnimoses @langooliveira @davidparker_bht @andy_narwhal @codykilla #theoriginalblackhearttattoo #sanfrancisco #bayarea #tattooer #tattoodo #tradworkers #traditionalliontattoo #bold_will_hold #tttism #blkttt #top_class_tattooing #americanatattoos #blackworkers #darkartists #newyork #katiegray #onlyblackart #blacktattooart

• thank you Javier • This elbow was no joke 😅 More like this please!!!

Books open @blackhearttattoo #sanfrancisco (email) blu.collar.art @gmail.com



#top_class_tattooing #blackworkers #geometric #geometrictattoo #blkttt #tttism #tattoodo #boldwillhold #bold_will_hold #bayarea #katiegray #newyork #denver #darkartists #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #stippletattoo #stippling #contemporarytattoo #contemporarytattooing #mandala #sacredgeometry

✨SOLD✨ 🦋 NEW YORK 🦋 ‘SELF-SUFFICIENT’ oil/wood panel 2017.

This beauty is for sale & on display tonight for the @ladiesladiesartshow at the @mfgallerymf Gallery. Please come show your support! 213 Bond Street, Brooklyn NY, 7-10pm



#top_class_tattooing #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #contemporaryart #contemporarytattooing #fineart #modernart #abstractart #figurativeart #oilpainting #mixedmedia #painting #katiegray #newyork #brooklyn #sanfrancisco

🖤 Thank you Breno 🖤 Appreciate you making the trip from NY, not to mention your openness & the fact you sit like a boss!

You rule!!! I love tattooing hands.... More like this please!!! Appointments available @blackhearttattoo San Francisco, email: blu.collar.art @gmail.com



#theonlyblackhearttattoo #blackhearttattoosf #sanfrancisco #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #blkttt #tttism #tattoodo #bold_will_hold #top_class_tattooing #americanatattoos #boldwillhold #bold_will_hold #bayarea #newyork #denver #katiegray #btattooing #blackworkers_tattoo #blackworkers #handtattoo #contemporarytattooing #contemporarytattoo #stippletattoo #stippling

• another one for the incredible Olivia • Words cannot express the gratitude for the clients whom have stuck with me through the last couple years of transition.

It’s been a lot I know, but those of you who were patient & persistent, know your dedication hasn’t gone yet unnoticed. I am officially back in SAN FRANCISCO. My feet are on the ground & I am staying put. I’m really interested in larger works, leg/arm sleeves & back pieces. Now that I am back in the bay, this is possible, so please, if you’re interested, email me & let’s begin this journey together. blu.collar.art @gmail.com



#blackhearttattoo #theoriginalblackhearttattoo #sanfrancisco #tttism #tattoodo #blkttt #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #boldwillhold #darkartists #top_class_tattooing #americanatattoos #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #katiegray #newyork #sanfrancisco #bayarea #denver #portland

This one was an absolute 💥BLAST💥 Thank you James!!!! More like this please.

#pigeon tattoo done @blackhearttattoo #sanfrancisco. Books open SF/ blu.collar.art @gmail.com



#blackhearttattoo #theoriginalblackhearttattoo #top_class_tattooing #americanatattoos #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #onlyblackart #darkartists #blacktattooart #katiegray #newyork #bayarea #denver #portland #brightandbold #blkttt #tttism #tattoodo

🖤 Thank you Emily 🖤 Thank you for being incredibly easy to work with.

Hope you enjoy this little fish as much as I do. This one was done @blacklist_tattoo #portland. I’m in San Francisco now booking appointments @blackhearttattoo... and couldn’t be happier about it. Bay Area, let’s make some more fun ones like this! Email: blu.collar.art @gmail.com



#traditionalfish #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #blkttt #tttism #tattoodo #sanfrancisco #bayarea #blackworkers #americanatattoos #blackworkers_tattoo #top_class_tattooing #darkartists #btattooing #onlyblackart #blacktattooing #newyork #denver #katiegray #blackhearttattoo

🖤 Thank you Natalie 🖤 I had so much fun with this one! Thank you for the awesome idea.

Snake tattoo done @blacklist_tattoo #portland. I’m back in the #bayarea now taking appointments @blackhearttattoo #sanfrancisco , email me, let’s do this! blu.collar.art @gmail.com



#snaketattoo #tttism #tattoodo #blacktattooing #onlyblackart #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #blackworkers_tattoo #americanatattoos #top_class_tattooing #newyork #denver #darkartists #katiegray #blkttt #stippletattoo #stippling

I will forever remain grateful that you were my Dad. Happy birthday poppa.

Thank you for the years we shared and the lessons taught. Rest easy sweet soul. #dad #thankyou #happybirthday #love #family #restinpeace #foreverwithme

• Thank you Beau • Appreciate your trust & calm. Siiiiiick snake done @blacklist_tattoo #portland.

For booking in San Francisco please email: blu.collar.art @gmail.com



#blacklist #blacklisttattoo #top_class_tattooing #americanatattoos #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #boldwillhold #bold_will_hold #bright_and_bold #katiegray #tattoodo #tttism #blkttt #darkartists #blackworkers_tattoo #onlyblackart #newyork #sanfrancisco #bayarea #denver #newzealand

••• VOYAGE 2018 ••• over 3 months of travel has finally come to an end.

I am blessed with an opportunity to tattoo with the legendary & incredibly talented folks @blackhearttattoo in San Francisco for the coming months... potentially for the foreseeable future. It feels right to be back with the community of people who’ve helped me come so far. So please, Bay Area, if you’d like to make some magic together, the time is right. Please email me for appointments: blu.collar.art @gmail.com. For all the clients across this nation that came out and literally made my dreams come true, THANK YOU!!! Words cannot express my gratitude & I am still in awe of all of you. To all the shops that opened their doors to me, I am beyond words.... from the sincerest part of me, I thank you!! Never in a million years could I have imagined being afforded the opportunity to work alongside such a prolific group of individuals... individuals who have shaped Tattooing as we know it & who continue to inspire me daily. I am honored! To all those who opened their homes & gave Le’Bron & I a place to stay, thank you for your trust in a stranger... and her silly mutt. Your graciousness has been more than I could’ve asked for. This journey has been long, and I’ve experienced things that will carry me throughout life... and the only conclusion I can draw, is that all this is pointless without the support of amazing individuals around you. My goal is to continue to cultivate that. I have a number of amazing opportunities within the Bay coming up, and so very happy to be putting my creative energy back into the city that needs it. So please, let’s continue to connect, share our creative energy & make greatness happen. With all the love @blackhearttattoo @spidermurphystattoo @livefreetattoo @madetolasttattoo @lifetimetattoodenver @blacklist_tattoo @atlastattoo @yellowrosetattoos ~



#tattoojourney #katiegray #sanfrancisco #newyork #atlanta #denver #saltlakecity #sanrafael #bayarea #portland #charlotte #tattoodo #tttism #blkttt #top_class_tattooing #americanatattoos #darkartists 📷 @erikahokanson 💄 @_livannamakeup

• Thank you Becky • You ruled my world!!! #leopard done @atlastattoo #portland.

For booking inquiries please email: blu.collar.art @gmail.com



#blackworkers #blkttt #onlyblackart #darkartists #bold_will_hold #tradworkers #americanatattoos #bold_will_hold #boldwillhold #contemporarytattoo #contemporarytattooing #katiegray #top_class_tattooing #sanfrancisco #denver #newyork #pdx #stippling #stippletattoo #leopardtattoo #jaguar #cattattoo

🖤 Thank you Jules 🖤 The start of this beauty done @atlastattoo #portland #oregon.

For booking inquiries please email: blu.collar.art @gmail.com



#peony #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #onlyblackart #darkartists #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #bold_will_hold #boldwillhold #americanatattoos #top_class_tattooing #katiegray #sanfrancisco #denver #newyork #newzealand

• thank you Chris • Always a pleasure my dear~ Done @atlastattoo #portland



#darkartists #tradworkers #top_class_tattooing #sanfrancisco #contemporarytattoo #blkttt #tattoodo #tttism #blacktattooing #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #americanatattoos #boldwillhold #bold_will_hold #katiegray

••🖤 Thank You Carla 🖤•• So grateful to be apart of your tattoo journey 🙏🏽 This beauty was done @blackhearttattoo #sanfrancisco.

For booking inquiries please email: • blu.collar.art @gmail.com •
• blu.collar.art @gmail.com •
• blu.collar.art @gmail.com •


#blackheart #blackhearttattoo #blackhearttattoosf #blkttt #ttism #tattoodo #top_class_tattooing #americanatattoos #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #contemporarytattooing #contemporarytattoo #darkartists #btattooing #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #katiegray #bayarea #portland #newzealand #newyork #denver

* Thank you Mat • First one for this boss! Thank you for the trust, you killed it!

Eagle done @spidermurphystattoo. Bay Area, keep this kinda work coming! For booking inquiries please email: blu.collar.art @gmail.com.



#eagle #eagletattoo #traditionaleagle #americanatattoos #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #tattoodo #tttism #blkttt #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #katiegray #sanfrancisco #bayarea #newyork #top_class_tattooing

•••spent my last week in NY like••• ~I truly did leave my heart in San Francisco 🖤 SF books open:

blu.collar.art @gmail.com... New York, thank you for the transformative year... I will be returning as a frequent guest, so stay posted 🌹 📷 @erikahokanson 💄 @_livannamakeup #sanfrancisco #newyork #blackworkers #bayarea #bold_will_hold #tttism #tattoodo #blkttt #darkartists #boldwillhold #katiegray #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #top_class_tattooing #contemporarytattoo #contemporarytattooing #americanatattoos

🌲 elevation: 10,315 ft 🌲 #LeBronJames , you are an anomaly.

Over two hours uphill & an equally technical/time consuming decent @ an elevation that forced me to be present. This boy killed it!!! #vail #colorado #frenchbulldog #frenchie #bulldog #hiking #outdoors #nature #personalassistant #bestfriend #bff

🖤 first one without you 🖤 I’ve found myself in your birthplace of Denver, CO.

Today, like everyday, I remember you. Thank you for being my Dad. #happyfathersday #dad #johngray #restinpeace #iloveyou #denver #colorado #fathersday

🌹 • Brooklyn, New York • 🌹 Complements of the talented:

📷 @erikahokanson makeup by @_livannamakeup #contemporaryartist #contemporaryart #multidisciplinary #multidiciplinaryartist #tattooedwomen #brooklyn #newyork #katiegray

• the smile says it all • Siena, your energy is out of this world, stay brilliant my queen.

Done @newyorkadorned , for booking inquiries please email: blu.collar.art @gmail.com #cranetattoo #crane #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #btattooing #blacktattooing #tattoodo #tttism #blkttt #charlotte #denver #saltlakecity #atlanta #atl #slc #sanfrancisco #bayarea #newyork #newyorkcity #bold_will_hold #top_class_tattooing #americanatattoos #tradworkers_tattoo

▪️ THANK YOU MIKE ▪️ Fonally got to do this bad boy!!!

Huge thank you to those who pick up my flash... you all are a dream ☺️ Done @newyorkadorned. Books closed for SF/NY (cancellation list only). Books open for Charlotte/Atlanta/Denver/Salt Lake City. Email: blu.collar.art @gmail.com #americanatattoos #top_class_tattooing #tradworkers_tattoo #tradworkers #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #darkartists #onlyblackart #tttism #blkttt #tattoodo #newyork #sanfrancisco #charlotte #atlanta #atl #denver #saltlakecity #katiegray

💥 sneak peak of this weeks episode of @thetattooshopshow 💥 My episode airs April 13th...

link in bio 🙌🏾 Huge THANK YOU to @tattoodo @drivestudios.dk @amijames1 @chrisnunezlibertycity @brass305 @tommymontoya @chrisgarver #tattoodo #tttism #tattooshop #thetattooshopshow #miami #katiegay #contemporarytattooer #tradworkers #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #bold_will_hold #boldwillhold #blkttt #newyork #charlotte #denver #atlanta #saltlakecity #contemporarytattooing

• ANNOUNCEMENT • It is a fact, that the only consistent thing in life is change.

Many of you may have already heard that @newyorkadorned will no longer be offering tattooing after July 1st, which saddens me to say... I will no longer be tattooing there after June 1st. Unfortunately (or fortunately) all appointments are booked in NY & SF, but I’ve opened up my cancellation list. Regardless, my intention is to keep #sanfrancisco and #newyork as my main hubs and will make an announcement as soon as I have new dates. In the meantime, I have appointments available in Charlotte, Atlanta, Denver and Salt Lake City, just email: blu.collar.art @gmail.com. I want to take this time to thank all the clients who have come through the doors in the last year & a half. Your support has been more than I could’ve asked for 🙏🏽 you all rock! Please stay posted to @newyorkadorned for information on their next chapter. And a big thank you to the crew who have helped me grow immensely... @jchalarca @danbythewood @bartbingham @mattblacktattoo @brad_stevens @krismagnotti @whoworksanymore @tomkatpedals @jamie_lo_ @cassisoclassy @yonizilber @lorinya #newyork #newyorkcity #newyorkadorned #sanfrancisco #bayarea #charlotte #northcarolina #atlanta #atl #georgia #denver #colorado #saltlakecity #utah #slc #tttism #tattoodo #blkttt #boldwillhold #bold_will_hold #blackworktattoo #blackworkers_tattoo #darkartists #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #americanatattoos #katiegray #top_class_tattooing 📷 @j.a.g.photography

▪️thank.you.Cody▪️ We can fill even the most awkward of spaces.

Fun little #cobra #tattoo done @newyorkadorned , for booking inquiries please email: blu.collar.art @gmail.com. #blkttt #tttism #tattoodo #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #americanatattoos #bold_will_hold #boldwillhold #top_class_tattooing #darkartists #contemporarytattooing #contemporarytattoo #katiegray #newyork #sanfrancisco #charolette #denver #saltlakecity #atlanta #onlyblackart

Fun #tiger #tattoo done @sa_tattooconvention #capetown #southafrica.

Huge thank you to all who came out. Back in NY now & taking bookings for here & @madetolasttattoo @livefreetattoo @yellowrosetattoos @lifetimetattoodenver. All travel dates listed in my bio, for booking inquiries please email: blu.collar.art @gmail.com. #tttism #blkttt #tattoodo #contemporarytattoo #contemporarytattooing #bold_will_hold #boldwillhold #top_class_tattooing #americanatattoos #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #katiegray #charolette #northcarolina #denver #colorado #saltlakecity #utah #atlanta #georgia #newyork #sanfrancisco

▪️thank.you.Frankie▪️ This beauty was an absolute blast. Thank you for your trust & time.

#globetattoo done @newyorkadorned , for booking inquiries email: blu.collar.art @gmail.com. #blkttt #tttism #tattoodo #contemporarytattoo #contemporarytattooing #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #darkartists #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #americanatattoos #top_class_tattooing #tradworkers_tattoo #newyork #newyorkcity #manhattan #sanfrancisco #california #bayarea

🖤 Sometimes I do teeny tiny tattoos 🖤 Fun little walk-in done @newyorkadorned.

I do walk-ins Sundays & by appointment the rest of the week. Email: katie @NYAdorned.com. #blkttt #contemporarytattoo #contemporarytattooing #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #anotomicalheart #hearttattoo #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #btattooing #blacktattooing #katiegray #newyork #newyorkcity #manhattan #eastvillage #bayarea #sanfrancisco #bold_will_hold #boldwillhold

🖤 thank.you.Lisa 🖤 You sat beautifully, every single time.

Your dedication & grace are truly admirable. Best wishes on this new chapter. #goldfish #tattoo done @newyorkadorned. For booking inquiries please email: katie @NYAdorned.com #blkttt #tttism #tattoodo #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #btattooing #blacktattooing #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #darkartists #contemporarytattoo #contemporarytattooing #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #americanatattoos #top_class_tattooing #katiegray #newyork #newyorkcity #manhattan #sanfrancisco #bayarea

•thank.you.Minto• Appreciate you’re openness with this project. Cannot wait to add more :

) #tigertattoo done @newyorkadorned , for booking inquiries please email: katie @NYAdorned.com. #tiger #blkttt #tttism #tattoodo #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #contemporarytattooing #contemporarytattoo #btattooing #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #darkartists #stippletattoo #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #bold_will_hold #boldwillhold #katiegray #newyork #newyorkcity #eastvillage #manhattan #brooklyn #sanfrancisco #bayarea

🖤 International Women’s Day 🖤 While I will always hold true to the belief that women should be celebrated everyday...

I am happy to acknowledge today for all women, past and present. You all are a force! I would not be where I am today without the love and steadfast support of so many hard working, brilliant, talented, strong, articulate & beautiful women. It is truly incredible what we can accomplish with the help of one another. No matter if female is your birth gender or your true gender, today is for you queens! Keep rockin'! 📷 @littleboxestheater #iwd #internationalwomensday #women #ladies #female #power #strength #grace #thefutureisfemale #contemporaryart #abstractart #colorblock #bodypaint #performanceart #modernart #katiegray @coorrraal @mimimidnightx @chinkatie @patricianobles @tqsakai

▪️thank.you.Gabby▪️ There isn't enough good words to say about this incredible young woman.

From our email exchanges I had the impression that she was a seasoned veteran with tattooing. Her calm, flexibility & ease were unreal. This was only her second tattoo. Her first was the size of a silver dollar. When she came in, our interaction was so fluid & she sat unbelievably well. I had to remind myself to inform her of the process, as I kept thinking she had been through this a hundred times. You're an absolute gem my dear. Thank you for carrying this beauty with you. Clients like you are why I do what I do. #tattoo done @newyorkadorned , for booking inquiries please email: katie @NYAdorned.com. #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #americanatattoos #top_class_tattooing #blkttt #tttism #contemporarytattooing #contemporarytattoo #tattoodo #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #blacktattooing #bold_will_hold #boldwillhold #newyork #newyorkcity #manhattan #brooklyn #eastvillage #sanfrancisco #bayarea #newyorkadorned

▪️thank.you.Cody▪️ What a magical situation. Client filled a last minute cancellation & got this beauty!!!

Couldn't have asked for a better outcome. Clients like you make my world go 'round. Safe travels back to #sanfrancisco : ) Done @newyorkadorned. For booking inquiries please email: katie @NYAdorned.com #daggertattoo #daggereyes #bold_will_hold #boldwillhold #bright_and_bold #brightandbold #contemporarytattooing #contemporarytattoo #tttism #blkttt #tattoodo #katiegray #newyork #newyorkcity #manhattan #eastvillage #newyorkadorned #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #americanatattoos #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #sanfrancisco #bayarea #stipple #stippletattoo #top_class_tattooing #darkartists

• in a new york minute • 📷 @j.a.g.photography #tattoodo #tttism #contemporarytattooer

#contemporarytattooing #newyork #sanfrancisco #katiegray #newyorkadorned #blackwork #darkartists #top_class_tattooing #americanatattoos #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #ladytattooers #womenwithtattoos #tattooedwomen #bayarea #manhattan #brooklyn #onlyblackart

👺MORE LIKE THIS PRETTY PLEASE👺 Thank you Sean for your support on both coasts.

I love seeing my SF people out here in NY. You all ROCK! #tengu #mask done @newyorkadorned. Please email me to make more of these #contemporary #japanese #tattoos: katie @NYAdorned.com. #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #bright_and_bold #brightandbold #newyork #newyorkadorned #manhattan #eastvillage #newyorkcity #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #darkartists #bold_will_hold #boldwillhold #katiegray #ladytattooer #femaletattooer #tttism #tattoodo #sanfrancisco #bayarea #japanesetattoo #colortattoo

🖤 Le'Bron.James 🖤 #bestfriend #bff #personalassistant #lebronjames #frenchbulldog #frenchie #frenchiesofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #newyork #newyorkcity #brooklyn #bushwick #katiegray 📷: @sbroderick.photography

▪️a day in the life of these hardworking hands ▪️ So honored to be apart of this journey with you.

Hope this work helps facilitate more firefighting & life saving ✨magic✨ with these hands @sbroderick.photography. #sffd #sanfrancisco #firefighter #sanfranciscofirefighters #bayarea #blackworkers #blkttt #tttism #tattoodo #btattooing #blacktattooing #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #darkartists #geometrictattoo #sacredgeometry #tradworkers #bold_will_hold #boldwillhold #newyork #newyorkcity #manhattan #eastvillage #katiegray #newyorkadorned #stippling #stippletattoo #handtattoo #contemporarytattoo #contemporarytattooing

🖤 thank.you.Susie 🖤 @sbroderick.photography. Your continued support is more than I could ask for.

Thank you for bringing a pice of the bay to NYC. Really excited about this piece & would love to do more. #tattoo done @newyorkadorned , for booking inquiries please email: katie @NYAdorned.com. #blkttt #contemporarytattoo #contemporarytattooing #tttism #tattoodo #bold_will_hold #boldwillhold #blackworkerssubmission #blackworkers_tattoo #blackworkers #btattoing #blacktattooing #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #geometrictattoo #newyork #newyorkcity #newyorkadorned #stipple #stippletattoo #stippling #katiegray #ladytattooer #femaletattooer #manhattan #eastvillage #bayarea #sanfrancisco

One year ago I got the call no daughter ever wants to get.

You tried to be so strong, but the cracking in your voice made it clear how scared you were. They found a tumor in your brain & you were awaiting results for the rest of your body. The tears flooded down my cheeks... it's that time... that time I've always anticipated but never wanted to live. I packed a bag & my two dogs and headed north to be with you when you received the results. I held your hand as the words came... kidneys, liver, lungs... small cell metastatic lung cancer... stage four... terminal. You were given a matter of weeks without treatment, a few months with. We searched for options, answers, reasons. I bargained, I pleaded... there had to be a way out. You were so brave in those final months, & never wanted to ask for help. As your waistline slimmed, as your hair fell, you still smiled... you were still full of love. I remember the last time we went to dinner, your head dressed in a bandana. You had to excuse yourself as the chemo made you ill & unable to eat. But you still took me out, told me to order whatever I wanted & made sure to inform me of how deserving I am. Though you were so sick, you still showed up for me... front and center @atakgallery for the biggest night of my life. I wish I was stronger for you. I wish there was more I could've done. You've left a gaping hole in my heart, a hole I sit with daily. I miss you Dad, more than these words can do justice. I will carry you with me always & dedicate my life to making you proud. Rest In Peace poppa, you will remain the most incredible man I've had the honor of knowing. For those of you who've lost a loved one to terminal illness, know my heart is with you. #rip #johnagrayjr #daddy #father #poppa #love #family #imissyou #iwillcarryyoualways #fuckcancer

▪️thank.you.Chris▪️ Good human, good client, good subject matter with a dash of calm...

couldn't have asked for more. #peregrinefalcon done @newyorkadorned. MORE WORK LIKE THIS PLEASE 🙌🏾 For booking inquiries please email: katie @NYAdorned.com #blkttt #tttism #tattoodo #americanatattoos #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #boldwillhold #bold_will_hold #contemporarytattoo #contemporarytattooing #ladytattooer #femaletattooer #katiegray #manhattan #eastvillage #newyorkcity #newyork #bayarea #sanfrancisco #darkartists #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #btattooing #stippling #stippletattoo #blackandgreytattoo #tdpsubmissions #qttr

▪️2017▪️ Wow, what an insanely powerful year. 2017 has taught me a lot about loss...

a lot about letting go & about sacrifice. This year has taken from me & it's given in abundance. I could not have done it without the support of my peers, friends, clients and family. Thank you to all who have shown up for me. My hope is to continue to show up for you. Best wishes to you all in 2018. #happynewyear #happynewyear2018 #2018 #2017 #sanfrancisco #california #bayarea #newyearseve #nye #katiegray #ladytattooer #contemporarytattooer #contemporarytattooing #femaletattooer #tttism #tattoodo #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #onlyblackart #tradworkers #contemporaryartist #multidisciplinaryartist 📷 @j.a.g.photography

Grateful for another day, for breath & for loved ones.

For a craft that has provided me a fulfilling life & for the people who continue to support me along this journey. Thank you to my clients, for without you, I wouldn't be living my dream. And to a family that reaches beyond blood... thank you for continuing to show up for me. May we all take the time to gift one another with love, respect & understanding. Best wishes to you all. xoxo #happyholidays #christmas #hannukah #ladytattooer #contemporarytattooer #love #understanding #respect #contemporarytattoo #katiegray #tttism #tattoodo #chico #newyork #sanfrancisco #bayarea #newyorkcity #manhattan #eastvillage #femaletattooer #catskills #catskillmountains photo cred: @broderick286

🖤 thank.you.Abby 🖤 you are well beyond your years love. Thank you for spending time :

) Done @newyorkadorned , for booking inquiries please email: katie @NYAdorned.com. #luckycattattoo #luckycat #manekineko #contemporarytattooing #contemporarytattoo #tttism #japanesetattoo #colortattoo #boldwillhold #bold_will_hold #brightandbold #bold_will_hold #stippletattoo #stippling #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #eastvillage #newyorkadorned #katiegray #ladytattooer #tattoodo #femaletattooer #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #americanatattoos #blackworkers #darkartists #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #blacktattooing

🖤 thank.you.Christa 🖤 Happy birthday love, thank you for spending such a special day with me.

Done @newyorkadorned. For booking inquiries please email: katie @NYAdorned.com #cattattoo #contemporarytattooing #contemporarytattoo #tttism #tattoodo #newyork #newyorkcity #newyorkadorned #manhattan #eastvillage #btattooing #blacktattooing #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #darkartists #boldwillhold #bold_will_hold #blackworker #blackworkers #blackworkerssubmission #katiegray #sanfrancisco #bayarea #ladytattooer #femaletattooer #americanatattoos #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo

▪️ human.nest ▪️ A space woven together to produce comfort, warmth & support.

||a•home|| An authentic space where we experience our truest sense of self. A nest cannot be built with one twig... it needs many to sustain its structure. 📷: @littleboxestheater Models: @patricianobles @mimimidnightx @tqsakai @chinkatie @coorrraal #women #contemporaryart #contemporaryartist #fineart #performanceart #happenings #abstractart #geometricart #modernart #sculpture #katiegray #newyork #newyorkcity #manhattan #eastvillage #female #figurativeart #conceptualart #sancrancisco #bayarea

▪️SOHO.NYC ▪️Everyday I create is a day I face my own ephemerality... a day I face my own death.

The constant push to manifest works that surpass my own human existence. A dire hope that some day, I will leave this earth with a piece of me still living. #contemporaryartist #contemporaryart #katiegray #fineart #modernart #conseptualart #abstractart #performanceart #painting #sculpture #happenings #tattoo #tattooing #contemporarytattooer #contemporarytattooing #newyork #newyorkcity #manhattan #eastvillage #sanfrancisco #bayarea 📷: @j.a.g.photography

🖤 huge.thank.you 🖤 Another one for @rmonreal. Truly appreciate your commitment & consistency.

More like this please! For booking inquiries please email: katie @NYAdorned.com , and as always, I do walk-ins Sunday's from 1pm-9pm. #blackheart #sacredheart #sacredhearttattoo #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #btattooing #blacktattooing #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #sacredgeometry #sacredgeometrytattoo #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #americanatattoos #katiegray #ladytattooer #femaletattooer #newyork #newyorkcity #manhattan #eastvillage #bayarea #sanfrancisco #contemporarytattooing #contemporarytattoo #tttism #tattoodo #darkartists #bold_will_hold #blackandgreytattoo #blackandgreytattoo

▪️ SOHO.NYC ▪️ Life in its essence, radiates itself in cycles ..so...

for all the death & destruction in the world, comes the hope of new beginnings... It's time for new beginnings. #newyork #soho #newyorkcity #manhattan #ladytattooer #katiegray #newbeginings #femaletattooer #sanfrancisco #tattoodo #bayarea #contemporaryartist #contemporaryart #contemporarytattooer #blackworkers 📷: @j.a.g.photography

▪️positive.traction▪️growth in uncommon spaces @coorrraal @mimimidnightx @patricianobles @sirenwarrior @chinkatie @tqsakai Photo complements of:

@littleboxestheater #fineart #performanceart #happenings #contemporaryart #contemporaryartist #multidisciplinaryart #multidisciplinaryartist #multidimensional #femaleartist #woman #nude #bodypaint #bodypainting #modernart #abstractart #figurativeart #katiegray #newyork #newyorkcity #manhattan #brooklyn #sanfrancisco #bayarea #geometricart #colorblock #painting #sculpture

🖤thank.you.Sue🖤 You're patience & trust did not go unnoticed. Thank you for being uniquely you...

and super fu$&ing rad 🙌🏾 Done @newyorkadorned. Walk-ins all day Sundays 1pm-9pm. For bookings email: katie @NYAdorned.com #fox #foxtattoo #americanatattoos #tttism #tattoodo #bold_will_hold #boldwillhold #stipple #stippletattoo #contemporarytattoo #contemporarytattooing #newyorkadorned #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #eastvillage #ladytattooer #femaletattooer #katiegray #sanfrancisco #bayarea #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #btattooing #blacktattooing #darkartists #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo

▪️▪️Audible.Bodies▪️▪️ There is strength in vulnerability. There is strength in community.

There is an immaculate amount of power in our femaleness... and even more so with the support of one another. @chinkatie @patricianobles @mimimidnightx @coorrraal @tqsakai Photo complements of the amazing @littleboxestheater #sanfrancisco. #contemporaryart #modernart #performanceart #fineart #happenings #katiegray #colorblock #abstractart #liveart #newyork #bayarea #newyorkcity #manhattan

▪️SOHO NYC▪️a brief moment in time..... photo cred:

@j.a.g.photography #westvillage #newyork #newyorkcity #manhattan #soho #eastvillage #ladytattooer #femaletattooer #katiegray #sanfrancisco #nastywoman #nastygal #bayarea #tattoodo #tttism #blackworkers_tattoo #darkartists #womenwithtattoos #newyorkadorned #americanatattoos #tattooedwomen

▪️thank.you.Jolene▪️ Always a good day with you.

Thank you for your continued support 🖤 Done @blackhearttattoo #sanfrancisco #bayarea #blackworker #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #blackworkerssubmission #btattooing #blacktattooing #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #contemporarytattoo #contemporarytattooing #tttism #tattoodo #darkartists #katiegray #nautilus #femaletattooer #ladytattooer #blackhearttattoo #boldwillhold #bold_will_hold #americanatattoos #tradworkers

🖤thank.you.Mel🖤 Always happy to see that beautiful face 😘 Done @blackhearttattoo #sanfrancisco #bayarea For bookings in NYC email:

katie @NYAdorned.com #blackwork #blackworkers_tattoo #blackworkersubmission #peony #rose #peonytattoo #rosetattoo #tttism #tattoodo #newyork #newyorkcity #manhattan #eastvillage #contemporarytattoo #contemporarytattooing #darkartists #btattooing #blacktattooing #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #katiegray #ladytattooer #femaletattooer #boldwillhold #bold_will_hold

▪️west.village.NYC▪️ thirty four years in the making today.

This journey has been long yet rewarding. The challenges are steady and the internal push to execute my vision relentless.... a slave to my process. Grateful for the two who brought me into this earth... Rest In Peace poppa. #thirtyfour #katiegray #newyork #sanfrancisco #newyorkcity #westvillage #manhattan #bayarea #tattoodo #tattoolife #birthday #virgo #september #womenwithtattoos #tattooedwomen #blackworkers #americanatattoos #darkartists Photo complements of: @j.a.g.photography

🖤thank.you.Susie🖤 Another one for this bad ass mamma. Done @blackhearttattoo #sanfrancisco.

I am back in NY now and will get back to emails in the next couple days. For work in NY, please email: katie @NYAdorned.com #bayarea #tttism #tattoodo #contemporarytattoo #contemporarytattooing #bold_will_hold #boldwillhold #btattooing #blacktattooing #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #katiegray #newyork #newyorkcity #manhattan #eastvillage #peony #peonytattoo #japanesetattoo #tibetian #handtattoo #blackwork #blackworkers #blackworkers_submission #geometrictattoo

✨hawt.times.in.the.city✨ Thank you Aysia 😘 You are an absolute soldier.

Done @blackhearttattoo #sanfrancisco with @thesolidink #bayarea #luckycattattoo #luckycat #boldwillhold #bold_will_hold #brightandbold #bright_and_bold #japanesetattoo #tradworkers #katiegray #ladytattooer #femaletattooer #contemporarytattoo #contemporarytattooing #tttism #tattoodo #americanna #newyork #newyorkcity #manhattan #eastvillage

🖤done @blackhearttattoo🖤 Thank you Taylor! You're an absolute gem.

So happy to be back with my #sanfrancisco clients 🙌🏾 #blackhearttattoo #sanfrancisco #bayarea #tttism #tattoodo #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #contemporarytattooing #contemporarytattoo #stippling #stippletattoo #mountaintattoo #mountain #naturetattoo #blacktattooing #boldwillhold #bold_will_hold

💔today I say goodbye to the most incredible man I've had the honor of knowing💔 My heart breaks with the knowledge that, in this lifetime I will no longer be able to hold his hand...

give him a hug or hear his voice. Today is a day that I would need him... but today I will be strong in honor of him, because that's the human he raised me to be. I am so grateful for his lessons, for his support & guidance & for all the years of pure love. Thank you poppa... today, like everyday, you are loved and so sorely missed....until we meet again... xoxo #poppa #rip #celebrationoflife #love #family #father #dad #bestfriend #inlovingmemory #seeyouinthenextlifetime #xoxo

▪️thank.you.Carly▪️ Safe travels home 🇦🇺Done @newyorkadorned. For booking please email:

katie @NYAdorned.com #blackworkers #tttism #tattoodo #blackworkers_tattoo #blackwork #btattooing #blacktattooart #blacktattooing #boldwillhold #bold_will_hold #newyork #darkartists #newyorkcity #manhattan #eastvillage #newyorkadorned #stippling #stippletattoo #katiegray #ladytattoer #femaletattooer #onlyblackart

🖤 SOHO, NEW YORK 🖤 No matter where you go, there you are...took a leap & followed my dreams...

just the beginning of my New York adventure. This past few months have been full of an immaculate amount of change. Grateful for the opportunity to grow into a truer version of myself. photo cred: @j.a.g.photography #katiegray #ladytattooer #ladytattooer #newyork #soho #manhattan #newyorkcity #womenwithtattoos #thefutureisnasty #nastywoman #woman #tattooedwomen #darkartists #tattoodo #tattoolife #tattoo #altmodel #thefutureisfemale #love

🖤so.much.YASS🖤 Thank you Stella, such a fun one...more like this please! Done @newyorkadorned.

For booking inquiries please email: katie @NYAdorned.com #royaltenenbaums #margotandrichie #blackworkerssubmission #blackworkers #blackworkers_tattoo #blacktattooing #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #darkartists #boldwillhold #bold_will_hold #newyorkadorned #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #eastvillage #tattoodo #tttism #contemporarytattooing #contemporarytattoo #katiegray #ladytattooer #femaletattooer

✨thank.you.Peter✨ So much to say about this project...

I am extremely grateful for clients who trust my process & give me the flexibility to run with a concept. This is by far one of my most engaging projects I've done out here @newyorkadorned and am hungry for more. This type of work is what I live for. So, #newyorkcity let's get brave and do some sick work... To help make all the ladies & gentlemen swoon, email: katie @NYAdorned.com... promise to make you one of a kind ❤️ #tttism #tattoodo #contemporarytattoo #contemporarytattooing #blackworkers #blackworktattoo #blackworkers_tattoo #blackworkerssubmission #onlyblackart #blacktattooart #btattooing #boldwillhold #bold_will_hold #geometrictattoo #sacredgeometry #katiegray #newyork #manhattan #eastvillage #ladytattooer #femaletattooer #stipple #stippletattoo #sanfrancisco #bayarea #darkartists

✨When sometimes the most important things come in teeny tiny packages✨ #rideordie #lifecoach #personalassistant #frenchie #frenchiesofinstagram #bulldog #frenchbulldog #lebron #lebronjames #lebronjamesjeffersonthethird

✨Self Control✨ 2017. 4'x5' Oil on wood panel... available for purchase @atakgallery Email:

adrian @analogtattoo.com to inquire. This piece is the pinnacle of the show: Not Your Pussy: Lessons in Modern Body Autonomy. It was an accumulation of over six years of work and contains more heart & soul than any piece I've ever created. It has been my saving grace throughout so many life stages & is now ready for its forever home. The show is open until May 3rd... After that it's NYC bound. Get it while you can. #abstractart #notyourpussy #modernart #modernfeminism #contemporaryart #fineart #katiegray #darkartists #sanfrancisco #bayarea #thefutureisnasty #thefutureisfemme #thefutureisfemale #geometric #geometricart #atak #atakgallery

✨Asking For It. 2017✨ This beauty is one of the very few left for purchase @atakgallery 1038 Larkin St.

Email: adrian @analogtattoo.com to become a proud owner. #atak #notyourpussy #atakgallery #sanfrancisco #bayarea #sanjose #newyork #newyorkcity #manhattan #contemporaryart #fineart #modernart #abstractart #katiegray #oilpainting #painting

✨Tease. 2017✨ Oil on wood panel. Not Your Pussy: Lessons in Modern Body Autonomy on display @atakgallery through May 3rd.

Email: adrian @analogtattoo.com to view. #notyourpussy #atak #atakgallery #oilpainting #painting #katiegray #modernart #contemporaryart #fineart #abstractart #figurativeart #art #thefutureisfemme #thefutureisnasty #mastygal #nastywoman #thefutureisfemale #modernfeminism

Caught at my absolute happiest... with dog : ) Happy Sunday ya'll.

Photo complements of one of my oldest & dearest friends @swatroba Love you to the moon girlie. #chico #california #katiegray #ladytattooer #womansbestfriend #dog #sunday #northerncalifornia #femaletattooer #manhattan #newyorkcity #newyork #sanfrancisco #sanjose #darkartists #contemporaryart #contemporarytattoo #contemporarytattooing #blackworkers_tattoo #blackworkers #boldwillhold #modernart #modernfeminism #hometown

✨Liberate. 2017✨ oil on wood panel. On view @atakgallery until May 3rd. Email:

adrian @analogtattoo.com for a inquiries. #notyourpussy #oilpainting #painting #contemporaryart #fineart #modernart #modernfeminism #katiegray #atak #atakgallery #sanfrancisco #abstractart #figurativeart #artist #painter #thefutureisnasty #thefutureisfemme #thefutureisfemale

✨thank.you.Jillian✨ Done @atakearth #leapordtattoo #leapord #contemporarytattoo

#contemporarytattooing #tttism #tattoodo #wtt #blackworkers #blacktattooart #blacktattooing #btattooing #onlyblackart #boldwillhold #bold_will_hold #darkartists #atak #atakgallery #sanfrancisco #sanjose #newyork #newyorkcity #manhattan #katiegray #ladytattooer #femaletattooer

✨thank.you.Josh✨ More like this please. Done @atakearth... Email:

katie @NYAdorned.com for bookings in NYC, San Jose & cancellation list for San Francisco. #eagle #eagletattoo #tradworkers #tradworkers_tattoo #contemporarytattoo #contemporarytattooing #tttism #tattoodo #blackworkers #blacktattooart #blacktattooing #blackworkers_tattoo #onlyblackart #darkartists #ladytattooer #femaletattooer #atak #sanfrancisco #sanjose #newyork #newyorkcity #manhattan #katiegray #ladytattooer #femaletattooer #boldwillhold #bold_will_hold

✨Shapeless.Shameless✨ 2017 ~ available. Email:

adrian @analogtattoo.com @atakgallery #notyourpussy #contemporaryart #fineart #modernart #modernfeminism #porn #figurativeart #abstractart #katiegray #sanfrancisco #bayarea #atak #atakgallery #painting #oilpainting

◼️TONIGHT SAN FRANCISCO◼️ NOT YOUR PUSSY: Lessons in Modern Body Autonomy opens at ATAK Gallery @atakgallery 1038 Larkin Street 8pm, with live performances @ 9:30pm.

Please come show your support! #atak #atakgallery #sanfrancisco #bayarea #katiegray #contemporaryart #modernart #fineart #abstractart #oilpainting #painting #performanceart #performance #pole #poledance #figurativeart #notyourpussy #thefutureisfemme #thefutureisnasty #thefutureisfemale

This might be one of the proudest moments of my life.

I have admired/obsessed/studied/read & re-read @juxtapozmag magazine since it's start. It carried me through countless undergrad & graduate school nights, keeping me inspired & reminding me of why I do what I do. It has been a seemingly unattainable dream to be included in its content, but as of tonight, that dream came true. Such a huge THANK YOU to @lavenderbadass for making this happen & to @adrianatak for providing me this solo show. Read the full article at Juxtapoz.com. Please come out tonight for the opening @atakgallery 1038 Larkin Street, SF & see what dreams are made of 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 #juxtapoz #atak #sanfrancisco #contemporaryart #modernart #katiegray #bayarea #oilpainting #bodypolitics #notyourpussy #modernfeminism #abstractart #figurativeart #fineart

✨Not.Your.Pussy✨ Lessons in Modern Body Autonomy. Opens this Saturday @atakgallery 1038 Larkin st.

Saturday, April 01, 8pm 💥Please come celebrate & make this night a night to remember. #atak #atakgallery #sanfrancisco #katiegray #contemporaryart #contemporaryartist #modernart #fineart #nastygal #nastywoman #abstractart #figurativeart #bayarea #colorblock #ladytattooer #femaletattooer #feminism #modernfeminism #thefutureisnasty #thefutureisfemme #thefutureisfemale #painting #photography #oilpainting #pole #poledance #dance #performanceart Photo cred @robschanz Hair: @strange_root Makeup: @lenachavezlove Location: @littleboxestheater Models: @patricianobles @tqsakai @chinkatie @coorrraal @mimimidnightx @magglz

✨In Love and War✨ 2016. Sneak peak of the work opening @atakgallery April 1st 2017 8pm @ 1038 Larkin St SF.

This show wouldn't be possible without the help and hard work from so many creatives in the San Francisco Bay Area. This solo show isn't just about me... it's about our community. It showcases a multidisciplinary approach to the subject of gender politics & women's rights... but more importantly it's a night for us to come together and take a stand. Strength in numbers ya'll!!! Please come & bring all your supportive folks. #nastygal #nastywoman #notyourpussy #thefutureisfemale #thefutureisfemme #sanfrancisco #bayarea #atak #atakgallery #fineart #contemporaryart #modernart #photography #painting #performance #dance #pole #katiegray #ladytattooer #femaletattooer Photo cred: @robschanz Location: @littleboxestheater Models: @coorrraal @patricianobles @tqsakai @mimimidnightx @chinkatie Makeup: @lenachavezlove Hair: @strange_root

✨self.sufficient✨ 2017. Opening: Saturday April 01, 2017 8pm @atakgallery 1038 Larkin St.

San Francisco, Ca. #nastywoman #thefutureisfemale #modernfeminism #contemporaryart #contemporaryartist #fineart #modernart #abstractart #figurativeart #thefutureisfemme #nastygal #katiegray #painting #oilpainting #nude #woman #colorblock #ladytattooer #femaletattooer #atak #atakgallery #sanfrancisco #california #bayarea #notyourpussy #feminism

✨she was warned. she was given an explanation. but still she persisted✨ TRAVEL DATES:
NYC:

March 01-16
CAPE TOWN: March 20/21& 24-26
ART SHOW: ✨not.your.pussy✨lessons in modern body autonomy: ATAK GALERY SF: April 01, 8pm-💥 #cantstopwontstop #nastywoman #thefutureisfemale #thefutureisfemme #nastygal #women #ladytattooer #femaletattooer #thefutureisnasty #chico #upperpark #katiegray #sanfrancisco #newyork #newyorkcity #southafrica #capetown #atak #atakgallery @atakgallery @newyorkadorned @capeelectrictattoo @sa_tattooconvention photo.cred: @broderick286

✨not.your.pussy✨ Today, as I march with so many other women, I am beyond honored to announce my first major solo show opening at @atakgallery April 1st 2017, 8pm-💥, 1038 Larkin St.

San Francisco. This show is a stand for not only women, but for those who support women, people of color, minorities, LGBTQ, migrants, and people of all creeds & backgrounds who feel society has continually overlooked, marginalized & oppressed. We will no longer stand idly by... we WILL, however; stand together. Let's make this a night to remember. ❤️💛💚💜💙 #notyourpussy #atak #nastywoman #nastygal #atakgallery #sanfrancisco #feminist #feminisim #fineart #contemporaryart #modernart #lgbtq #women #poc #katiegray #newyork #newyorkcity #manhattan #thefutureisfemme #thefutureisfemale photo cred: @robschanz Hair: @strange_root Makeup: @lenachavezlove Location: @littleboxestheater Art design & direction: @blu.collar.art Models: @magglz @patricianobles @tqsakai @chinkatie @blu.collar.art

A day at the ballpark with this handsome devil. Thank you for all you do poppa. xoxo.

#attparksf #attpark #dad #poppa #giants #sanfrancisco #sanfranciscogiants #sfgiants #sanfranciscotattooer #katiegray #family #love

Oh, hey #poppa ! Your first #photobooth ?? ..sorry for the interruption in tattoo related subject matter, but I've been logging in some seriously needed #familytime...

#xoxo #family #iloveyoudad #thanksformakingme #love #congratsdevinandjohn #dad #katiegray #ladytattooer