Michelle has been studying and working in the arts for over 20 years. She graduated with a degree in art from Parsons School of Design and has had a love of the history and art of tattooing for many years. After apprenticing and working as a tattoo artist in both New York City and Los Angeles, she has returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh to fulfill her dream of opening her own tattoo shop. Michelle worked as a rare book dealer before tattooing and is very inspired by etchings, engravings, and woodcuts in her tattooing. She loves doing intricate and fine detailed work as well as any tattoo in an illustrative style. The process of working and collaborating with clients to create beautiful and meaningful tattoos is a huge privilege for Michelle. Michelle believes that every tattoo, big or small, is special and deserving of the highest care and execution. She wants her clients to not only leave the shop with an incredible tattoo, but also having had a wonderful experience getting tattooed from start to finish.
Robbie is a Pittsburgh native who has been tattooing professionally for six years. His favorite things to tattoo are delicate pattern pieces, graphic comic book style work, japanese inspired color pieces and traditional pieces. He feels that tattooing and body modification can be a profound experience that is transformative and healing to the recipient. For this reason some of Robbie's favorite pieces to do are tattoo cover ups, tattoo restoration and covering up scars with tattoos. His goal is to provide a space for all people seeking body art but with a focus on providing women and queer people of varying bodies and identities to feel safe and respected while being adorned with art.
Laura is a genderqueer visual artist who has lived in Pittsburgh for seven years. Laura started tattooing their friends by hand for fun while they were a student at CMU studying mathematics and fell in love with the art. They eventually decided to pursue a career as a tattoo artist and are very excited to be doing so at Gypsy! Laura most enjoys tattooing traditional, blackwork, and linework pieces. They believe that receiving a tattoo should always be a beautiful experience, and they take very seriously creating a space where anyone can feel respected and comfortable getting tattooed. Outside of tattooing and drawing, Laura is really into biking, Thai food, coffee, photography, traveling, and cartoons.
You can follow Laura on Instagram at @mathgoth
Kate is a trans-femme queer identified tattooist and illustrator who has been tattooing professionally since 2014. Her love of anatomy, meticulous technique, attention to detail, and scientific approach are the common threads between her medical training as a physician and her current work as a tattoo artist. Kate has been drawing silly comics since she was a little kid, and has previously made her living as a musician, a portrait artist, a chemist, and as a watercolor painter. She is naturally drawn to ink and line work in any style from her background as an illustrator, and to painterly, softer pieces from herbackground as a watercolorist. Kate loves tattooing blackwork, traditional, neotraditional, watercolor, and black and grey; her favorite subjects are roses, plants, animals, mandalas, illustrations and nerd stuff.
Other than drawing tattoos, Kate likes to travel, read comic books, do yoga, drink coffee, play musical instruments, and watch Gravity Falls while refining her ever growing list of dream pets.
You can follow Kate on Instagram at @kittenfists