2015 Holiday Gift Exchange

Our annual holiday event was, as usual, a real inspiration for us all. It was a great reminder of the high level of talent that exists among our crew. We all got together to celebrate and give thanks to another great year while participating in our annual tradition of the White Elephant gift exchange. Many of us went home with some great new works of art to adorn our walls with. Here are a few of the highlights. See more on our Facebook page

a few of the great pieces that were done this year

a few of the great pieces that were done this year

Mondial du Tatouage Paris March 2016

Aaron and Melissa Bell will once again be attending the fabulous Mondial du Tatouage taking place in Paris March 4-6 2016. This is by far one of the best shows in Europe! Hope to see you there…

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Slave to the Needle celebrates 20 years in Seattle

Gallery Axis in the historic Pioneer Square district of Seattle was the location for this summer’s main event. Aaron Bell started slave to the Needle in 1995. On August 1st, in celebration, Slave to the needle hosted a fully catered party, which coincided with the Slave 20 group art show. Slave 20, made up of 20 resident and guest artists from both Slave to the Needle locations, consisted of and array of full bodysuit and backpiece designs. There were approximately 250 clientele and close friends who came from far and near to help Aaron and Malissa celebrate this milestone. Some of the familiar names in the crowd were Manuel Valenzuela, Jeff Gogue, Bob Tyrrell, Vyvyn Lazonga, Mal from Tokyo, Anna Paige, Bill Funk, and Ms Mikki, who drove her bike up from Portland. Local artists Tim Mcarthy, and Damon Conklin—as well as other Slave to the Needle veterans—stopped by to acknowledge Aaron’s milestone as well. All the artists from Slave To The Needle’s Wallingford and the Ballard Shops came by to view their art on the walls and be an iatrical part of the celebration. Artists like Andrea Ottlewski, Andrew Snowdon, Chris Thompson, Clark Kent, Daniel Charneski, Eli Bischof, Elijah Cole, Greg Colligan, Honest Jon, John Fitzgerald, Jon Gilbert, Josh Martin, Josh Schwegel, Kiwi Matt, Kristjan Olson, Levi Polizin, Lindsey Lawson and Rok were all in attendance. It was a fantastic event! Sunday the out of towners congregated at Aaron and Melissa’s for a barbeque that Manuel Valenzuela and his girlfriend Cresha prepared, and it did not disappoint. Food, leftover kegs, and floating on the lake were a perfect cure for the hangovers. Congratulations to both Aaron and Melissa Bell and the entire Slave to the Needle crew for a job well done. We’ll see you in another 20 years. View event photo album on FB here. —Richard Todd11822838_10153518447299441_759371677007089757_n 11813482_10153518447294441_6840602762130337803_n 11825022_10153520750074441_3529772043698436820_n

Best of Seattle by Seattle Weekly

“Walking into either of Slave to the Needle’s two Seattle shops will put anyone looking for some new ink at ease. The space is as artful as its many artists, who are led by Aaron Bell, an old Orange County punk who found his way to Seattle, where he opened the Ballard location in 1995. (A Wallingford locale was added in 2005.) The shop will do whatever you like, but specializes in large-scale custom work, 20 pieces of which will be on display at Axis Gallery in Pioneer Square this month to celebrate Slave’s 20th anniversary (the opening reception is Thurs., Aug. 6, 5–9 p.m.). 403 N.E. 45th St., 545-3685; 508 N.W. 65th St., 789-2618,” —Seattle Weekly


Here’s a list of some of Seattle’s other winners. Congratulations to all!

Group Art Show

Axis Gallery in Pioneer Square will be presenting Slave to the Needle’s 20th anniversary art show.

An array of backpieces and bodysuits created by STTN’s resident and guest artists will be on display throughout the month of August.

Join us for opening night on August 6th from 5-9:00 during the Seattle art walk. There will be a fully stocked bar, and good times will definitely be had!

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National Nicest Studio Award 2015

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We’re very pleased to have received the National Tattoo Association’s Nicest Studio award at the 36th annual tattoo convention in Orlando Florida. Thanks to the NTA members, our great crew, and all of our wonderful customers for making this possible!

Shaun Nel will be guesting May 4-9th

Shaun Nel aka Shaun the African will be guesting in Ballard and Wallingford May 4-9th 2015. Check his great work out on Instagram: shauntheafricanShaun-3 Shaun-5

Slave to the Needle welcomes Guest Artist Guka May 2015

Guka’s Instagram: Guka@qma968

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Slave to the Needle at Ink-n-Iron in Long Beach CA June 12th-14th 2015

Aaron Bell, Clark Kent, Daniel Charneski, and Elijah Cole will be tattooing and selling prints, books and artwork at Ink n Iron June 12-14th. We still have bookings available. There are many great bands in the line up here including: Pennywise, Wanda Jackson, UK Subs, The Dickies, The Adolescents, Peter Murphy, Gary Numan and Fishbone just to name a few. This show is always a hoot! Well worth the trip to sunny California. For booking contact the shop.Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 5.27.14 PM

The Bells attending the National Tattoo Family Reunion in Orlando April 22-27th

Aaron and Melissa Bell will be at the 36th annual National Tattoo Convention in April in Orlando Florida. Aaron will be participating in the usual painting demo with Cory Noriss and Paul Massaro Thursday night, and will be selling prints and signing books on Saturday. Looking forward to seeing all you tattoo friends out there!

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