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 $250, 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 accomodate 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 $300 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

Digging this pic of me and Melissa in Hawaii… didn’t even get wet! Came to celebrate Vyvyn’s 50 years of tattooing. Will post more pics soon ...

Trying to take a vacation the last few years has felt like a bad Twilight Zone episode. We’d planed a pre-Covid cruise, cancelled. Was scheduled again to go out a few weeks ago, was cancelled due to maintenance issues. So we decided to go to Hawaii after that, then our flight backup system went down. We and had to dump our fuel and return to Seattle! I feel like I’m hopelessly stuck here ...

Just set up a new Instagram page for my new band project @redreactiontheband We’re making old school melodic punk rock! My Cali friends on here will remember waaay back, the old Blind Hatred days. Well, Red Reaction is along the same vein, minus the shenanigans that used to get us kicked out of the clubs… hopefully anyways. We’ll be posting our events, and whatever we’re up to on there. If it sounds like your jam, give us a follow🙏 #redreactiotheband ...

Mapping out some background today on this Hannya sleeve ...

Fujiin and Raijiin tattoos healed and settled from 8 years ago. Always nice to see em age a little #slavetotheneedle #tattoodo #envyneedles #eternalink #bishoprotary #seattletattoo #japanesetattoo #irezumi ...

Saying goodbye to this piece of original art that I used for the cover of my first sketchbook. I’ll be posting other new pieces for sale in the Slave to the Needle online store soon #slavetotheneedle ...

Hector’s dragon healed and settled from several years back #dragontattoo #slavetotheneedle #seattletattoo @tattoodo #tattoodo #eternalink #envyneedles #bishoprotqry #irezumi #japanesetattoo ...

Tattooed an STTN on Mariah today. If you have been tattooed by me, or are on the books to get tattooed, she is likely the nice gal that arranged it. She has worked for the shop for 81/2 years and I am so grateful for her! 🙏❤️ #slavetotheneedle #sttn ...

Octopus healed and settled. Did this one about 4 years ago #slavetotheneedle #tattoodo #envyneedles #eternalink #bishoprotary #seattletattoo #japanesetattoo ...

Finally finished Greg‘s Backpiece today! #slavetotheneedle #seattletattoo #japanesetattoo #irezumi #koitattoo @tattoodo #tattoodo #eternalink #envyneedles #bishoprotary #jetblack ...

Finished Derek’s sleeve yesterday #slavetotheneedle #seattletattoo @tattoodo #tattoodo #eternalink #envyneedles #bishoprotary #jetblack #sullenfamily #japanesetattoo #irezumi #sleevetattoo #dragontattoo ...

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Wallingford

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

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