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

Finished Daryl’s dragon sleeve yesterday #slavetotheneedle #dragaontattoo #japanesetattoo #sleevetattoo #tattoodo @tattoodo #envyneedles #eternalink #jetblack #bishoprotary #sullenfamily ...

Added a skull mum one-shot to Hector’s collection today. Will tie it all in next time #slavetotheneedle #skulltattoo #envyneedles #jetblack #tattoodo #bishoprotary #eternalink #sullenfamily #seattletattoo ...

Saw my pal Jonnie the other day, got a shot of his backpiece all healed and settled for a couple years #slavetotheneedle #tattoodo #skulltattoo #backpiecetattoo #eternalink #envyneedles #pitchblack #bishoprotary #sullenfamily ...

Off to a good start on this one yesterday… ...

The Gorillaz are kicking off their North American tour tonight at Climate Pledge Arena. Can’t wait… seeing em live is a mind blowing experience!!! STTN has become a regular stop for them along the way. Very humble, nice guys, and I feel privileged to get to tattoo them. They typically sell out, but it looks like there are still some seats available tonight. Hope to see you there! Great seein ya today @jeffwootton @gorillaz #slavetotheneedle @tattoodo #tattoodo #seattletattoo #envyneedles #bishoprotary #eternalink #jetblack #sullenfamily ...

One of my first dragon oil paintings. My friend Krista, who owns it, framed it at her store in Marin County. She’s currently looking for a key employee. Since I have a lot of friends into art that live in the SF bay area, I thought there may be some value in posting it here (From Krista): I am looking for a full-time custom picture framer who wants to have some fun while working. This is a higher end shop in Marin County and we have a large selection with
lots of interesting options that are not available everywhere. Experience is required,
including the ability to cut glass, backing and mats, as well as fit and finish pieces with a
dedicated attention to detail. This is not a position that offers basic training, the skills
listed are required. Cutting and joining frames is a bonus, but not necessary. Designing
and working with customers on the front counter is required, but it is one of the most enjoyable parts of the job. I would love to hire someone who has some management experience, the shop is very busy and I am ideally looking for a person who is
responsible and can help with some of my shop duties. Salary is hourly, ranging from
$23.00 -$30.00 per hour, depending upon experience. Compensation for some bridge toll is available for those who are eligible.
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I spoke on the phone yesterday with Shanghai Kate. She has been struggling for 3 years now with long Covid. She has good days and bad days, and I was fortunate to catch her on a good one, thanks to a heads up from her husband Ross. On her bad days, which unfortunately are frequent, she is confined to her bed. She made a comment about wondering if anyone is even thinking of her at all. I thought it would be a great idea to let her know that this is absolutely not the case, so I’m posting her address (with Ross’s permission) and asking anyone who feels inclined to drop her a card. She‘s in the process of writing a book about her life, and I know she would LOVE to hear fun stories about how you met her, or to just receive get well wishes from the tattoo community. Thanks everyone! Shanghai Kate 3501 Touchstone St. Austin Texas 78723 #tattoolegend #tattoohistory in this pic I’m getting my mom tattoo from Kate at a national convention about eight years ago. there’s a funny story about this one I’ll share another time. ...

DATE CHANGE!! Due to the great response from the tattoo community....we have decided to post pone the $300 Max Art Show to November 5th with a Due Date of October 25th. We have over 100 donated works of original art already turned in (Thank You So Much 🙏 !!).......But Let’s Make it 200 Pieces if Possible!! Save the date...November 5th in Long Beach, CA. Please help us spread the word and come join us for an amazing night of Tattoo History for this Charity Art Show for @gtc_tattooman and his @tattoo_heritage_project 🙏🙌. #GoodTimeCharlieCartwright #TattooHistory #TattooLegand #TattooHeritageProject #Tattooer #Tattooist #SullenArtCollective #SullenClothing #SullenFamily #TogetherWeRise ...

Brandon’s sleeve all healed and settled. Chest panel was done 15 years ago. Thanks Brandon! #slavetotheneedle #tattoodo #envyneedles #eternalink #jetblack #bishoprotary #japanesetattoo #koitattoo ...

Spending the afternoon with my bestie! @noritheexplorii ...

Great day hanging at the Seattle Expo and sharing a booth my pal and coworker @elijahcole Also, sold this original art piece to a local tattooer Penz…. thank you my friend it was great to meetcha! @seattletattooexpo @slavetotheneedle ...

Lil Oni jammer at the Seattle Tattoo Expo today @seattletattooexpo #slavetotheneedle #seattletattoo #tattoodo #envyneedles #bishoprotary #eternalink #jetblack #onitattoo ...

I will be at the Seattle tattoo expo on Saturday. After kicking off the day with a small tattoo I’ll just be chilling at the booth. Come on by and say hello. Gonna bring down this folder of original art along with lots of prints, shop shirts, stickers, and whatever swag I can pull together between now and then. Hope to see you there! @seattletattooexpo @slavetotheneedle #slavetotheneedle #tattoodo ...

Kyosai inspired Jigoku sleeve from a a while back. On the bicep area is a man is being shown his past sins in the mirror of truth, on the peck is Emma sentencing him to torture which is being carried out on the forearm, where an oni is getting busy on him, starting with the tongue #slavetotheneedle #seattletattooartists @tattoodo #tattoodo #envyneedles #bishoprotary #eternalink #jetblack #sullenfamily #japanesetattoo #sleevetattoo #irezumi ...

Let’s preserve history… and have a little fun while doing it! Please read: (from Jeremy @unclejeremy)
🙏CALLING ON ALL ARTISTS🙏!!
We are curating a $300 Max Charity Art Show for @gtc_tattooman and the @tattoo_heritage_project 🙌. Good Time Charlie Cartwright..…along with his Board of Directors @j_rudy_gtc @karibarbatattoo @chueyquintanar @coreymillertattoo & @jdcrowetattoos are opening up The @tattoo_heritage_project in Historical Downtown Long Beach, CA. And we (Sullen) are proud & honored to help bring the tattoo community together to build a home for Tattoo History while preserving the Legacy of Good Time Charlie Cartwright 🙏🙌. We are asking every and any artist to donate a small piece of original Art with the simple theme of “What Tattooing Means to You”…… It Needs to be Framed and Hang Ready while keeping it on the smaller side…..no larger than 18 x 24 please. Write your Instagram, Full Name, and email on the back and send to our Seal Beach Headquarters by August 20th 🙏. The Art Show will be held on Sept 10th in the Long Beach area, and we will be promoting a lot of the art on our social media pages as it comes in.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and watch this video, and for being a part of tattoo history with us. Please help us spread the word and share with your friends. Send to:
JEREMY HANNA
1799 APOLLO CT
SEAL BEACH, CA 90740

🎤 @unclejeremy
#GoodTimeCharlieCartwright #TattooHistory #TattooLegacy #TattooHeritageProject #Tattooer #Tattooist #SullenArtCollective #SullenClothing #SullenFamily #TogetherWeRise
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Great shot from last night of my old OC pal Perry from Agent Orange sportin the hand tattoos we did, along with a pretty spiffy Slave shirt. They killed it!! Felt privileged to open for them at El Corazon. It was Red Reaction’s 2nd show, and was great night! Thanks to the Slave crew, and to all those who came out to support! #punkrocktattoos #slavetotheneedle #redreactiotheband #agentorange #elcorazonseattle ...

Devon stopped by yesterday with his healed and settled dragon tattoo from a few years back #slavetotheneedle #seattletattoo @tattoodo #japanesetattoo #dragontattoo #tattoodo #eternalink #bishoprotary #jetblack #envyneedles #sullenfamily ...

New and final re-run of Japanese Designs and Sketches: Best of Vol. 1&2 just in. Not many of these left! $50 Available only through @belzelbooks and myself (store link in bio). #slavtotheneedle #seattletattooartist #japanesetattoo ...

Healed shot of Joe’s Hannya #slavetotheneedle #seattletattoo @tattoodo #tattoodo #eternalink #envyneedles #jetblack #bishoprotary #japanesetattoo #irezumi #hannyatattoo ...

Finished Kyle’s dragon sleeve yesterday #sleevetattoo #slavetotheneedle #seattletattoo #japanesetattoo #tattoodo @tattoodo #envyneedles #eternalink #bishoprotary #jetblack #sullenfamily ...

Peony I did on a friend at New Mexico Tattoo Fiesta. Check out her cool jewelry line @highway66silverco @newmexicotattoofiesta @tattoodo #slavetotheneedle #seattletattoo #sullenfamily #eternalink #envyneedles #bishoprotary #tattoodo #newmexicotattoofiesta ...

Wallingford

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

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