Tattoo

After dabbling in tattooing throughout the 1980s, Aaron began his professional career in ’93 after relocating from California to Seattle. He opened Slave to the Needle (Ballard’s first tattoo shop) in 1995, expanding his operation to Wallingford in 2005. Aaron focuses on rendering beautiful large-scale custom tattoos with speed and efficiency. He enjoys building lasting relationships with clients who share his appreciation for traditional western and Japanese style tattoos.

Scheduling: Aaron’s hourly rate is $300, with a $500 minimum. In an effort to minimize wait times, Aaron may suggest another artist that he feels is best suited for your tattoo. Its Aaron’s highly talented group of artists that have helped earn the shop’s great reputation, and he completely backs their work. Although Aaron tries to accommodate as many people as possible, there is no guarantee that he will personally be able to take on your project (even if you are on his waiting list). Please contact our Wallingford shop at 206-545-3685 if you’re interested in being tattooed by Aaron.

Conventions: Aaron’s convention rate is $350 an hour. If you’re interested in getting tattooed by Aaron at a convention, shoot us an email with a general description of what you want, then please be patient. Although he usually responds promptly, there are times when he doesn’t coordinate his schedule until a few weeks prior to the show. Thanks for your interest. We’re looking forward to hearing from you…

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Aaron's Portfolio

Aaron on Instagram

Here’s a throwback from the mid 1990s. The client’s request was pretty unusual at the time. There just wasn’t much out there in that style. Even if there was, there was no Google to reference it. I embraced the challenge, and checked out some anatomy books at the library. I struggled in the beginning, and about halfway through, felt the desire to abandon it. But I stuck it out, and was pretty happy with the end result. Wish I’d got better pics, but I was never great with SLR cameras, my only option back then. My client said there were times when people literally screamed when they say this piece haha… Funny how times change. In 2024, no one would bat an eye. #tattoodo #slavetotheneedle ...

Me and @davebryanttattoo will be heading to the @slctattooexpo March 29th-31st and have time for one shots. For my bookings contact Mariah at slaveeast@msn.com. It’s gonna be a great time… hope to see you there! ...

Lil draw-on jammer on @thesailormarc the other day. Thanks Marcos, was fun hanging out! #seattletattoo #tattoodoo #envyneedles #eternalink #bishoprotary #skulltattoo ...

if you’ve been into our Wallingford shop, you’ll probably recognize this beautiful bride. Mariah is a key figure there, and we’re all so grateful for her ability to cultivate such a positive work environment. The whole Wallingford tattoo crew was there, and on all of our behalf, we just wanna say ‘Congratulations Mariah!’ You’re the best ...

Concept to completion… Did this hebi to botan piece a couple years back #slavetotheneedle #seattletattoo #tattoodo #eternalink #envyneedles #bishoprotary #jetblack #japanestatoo #traditionaltattoo ...

Taking a few weeks off from tattooing this month. What to post?? Some more year of the dragon stuff will have to do. Prints available in online store. Link in bio #slavetotheneedle #seattletattoo #yearofthedragon #dragonart #tattoodo ...

Another fun little dragon painting for 2024 #slavetotheneedle #seattletattoo #dragonart #tattoodo ...

Happy Year of the dragon! Wishing everyone a year full of peace and prosperity. I see lots of dragons in my future. Here’s my first one of 2024 #slavetotheneedle #seattletattoo #dragontattoodesign #tattoodo @tattoodo ...

Did this freehand bio-mech tattoo machine yesterday day on @bomcconaghie Was an honor my friend… was fun to reminisce about tattooing in the 90s! #slavtotheneedle #seattletattoo #eternalink #envyneedles #bishoprotary #tattoodo ...

Playing around with masking fluid, low bleed gouache, etc. Also getting a bit funky with the colors… fun stuff! #slavetotheneedle #seattletattoo #dragon #tattoodo ...

Session #3 on Mark’s Oni. One more session in the books #slavetotheneedle #seattletattoo #tattoodo #bishoprotary #envyneedles #eternalink #japanesetattoo #oni #traditionaltattoo ...

Just got some re-prints of these dragons. These, along with other designs, are available in my online store (link in bio). They’d make great Christmas gifts! Also, I’m happy to personalize them if you wanna swing by the shop. ...

Session two of Mark’s Oni half sleeve I started a couple weeks ago #slavetotheneedle #seattletattoo #envyneedles #eternalinks #bishoprotary #tattoodo ...

Some of the artwork from the our shop gift exchange last night #slavetotheneedle #seattletattooartists ...

Had our annual shop Christmas party and gift exchange last night. Having two shops, it’s difficult to get everyone together under one roof, but when we do… what a great time! So grateful to have such a talented, mature and artistically inspired group of people to work with 🙏 ...

Here’s a video of our new song Golden Years that drops tomorrow on streaming platforms. It’s about getting older as a tattooer/rock’n’roller, and the toll it takes my hands. It’a also about the examples set by people like Lyle Tuttle and Shanghai Kate who lived their Golden Years with gusto, and on their own terms. Aging… we all do it, and this song has a little fun with the subject. Thanks for checkin it out! (Full video available on YouTube) #redreactionband #slavetotheneedle ...

Finished this one earlier this year #slavetotheneedle #tattoodo #envyneedles #bishoprotary #eternalink ...

Happy Holidays folks! I make it a point to do a few extra paintings this time of year. Here’s one of em… #slavetotheneedle #dragon #dragonart #tattoodo #seattletattoo ...

Did this Oni one-shot on Mark yesterday… soon to be a half sleeve #slavetotheneedle #seattletattoo #tattoodo #eternalink #envyneedles #bishoprotary ...

Wallingford

403 NE 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98105
206-545-3685

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