Great folks that do great work. I have two beautiful works by Nathan.
Amazing place and artists.
Great attention to detail! Way to go. If you need an elaborate design go see Primeval Ink!
Amazing work guys!
Totally chill place. Great artists and private atmosphere. Awesome custom work, especially from Julia, but they are all super talented.
I took my idea to several tattoo artists from Olympia to Seattle and found that this little shop ... was the perfect spot.
I think they turned me into an addict! Can't wait for my next piece. Bree your awesome!
Superb work and very fair prices. Painless on the wallet.
Eagle Tree Care LLC
The cleanest, nicest, most gentle tattoo shop I have ever been to!
Great shop! Nathan does an amazing job! Always happy with my work.
A local favorite!
Presley is a rock star. Easiest piercings and ring changes I've had.
Bree is amazing and fun to work with, an incredible talent!
Lonn Sho I.
Andi and Suzanne are two powerful and creative artists. Their original designs are amazing. Now it seems that they have hired another creative woman. Yay.
Primeval Ink was founded in 1997 by Suzanne Shepherd and Andi Lineweaver. We wanted to create a place with a pleasant atmosphere, where we could not only work, but also feel comfortable and know that our clients felt comfortable and reassured.
We have often heard our clients say that our shop is the cleanest, nicest or most relaxing tattoo shop they have ever been in. We have often said that we are not geniuses. We just really care about the clients. They can tell, and that's what works for us.
Primeval Ink first opened its doors for business in our original location in White Center ("Rat City") in West Seattle. On March first 1997 it was a cold, rainy day, the furnace wasn’t working, but Suzanne and Andi were tattooing … the first tattoo done in our shop was a small heart with a name. We soon became known as "The Ladies". As we lived in the neighborhood, clients would come up to us in the grocery store or the local Mexican restaurant, and want to show off their tattoos. We repaired and covered up a lot of gang tattoos and home-made tattoos and met people from many different nationalities and cultures.
We moved from Seattle to open our shop in Monroe, in November of 2001. We were the first tattoo studio in Monroe that lasted for more than a season. We weren't sure at first how well we would do in a small town like Monroe, but soon were reassured that our decision had been right.
We added a shop when we moved into Olympia to open on April 1st 2005. Olympia is a home-coming for Suzanne who was raised here. April 1st was both a happy day of new beginnings and a sad day because our old faithful dog Cody passed on that same morning.
Most recent was our relocation into the Olympia downtown core, next door to Rainy Day Records, near the YMCA, Fish Tale Brew Pub, and The State Theater, home of Harlequin Productions. Primeval’s new location has added some giant floral features to the murals beautifying downtown, and was featured on the front page of The Olympian Sept 28, 2015. Olympia shop also features free parking which is an unusual bonus for a downtown business.
Shortly after our move into downtown Olympia we were able to negotiate a change of management in our Monroe shop so that we can concentrate all of our efforts towards Olympia. Our own talented and otherwise fantastic Samantha Walsh has taken over ownership of the Monroe location which has been renamed Inkblot Tattoo and Gallery. Dawn Ashby is still to be found in Monroe working with Sam at Inkblot where she continues to amaze.
Andi and Suzanne were trained in the traditional manner by apprenticeship, coming into the business in 1994-1995. Andi came from a 20 year career in social work. Suzanne has a Masters Degree in Social Work. At Primeval Ink, it seems we can combine the best of both worlds.
All of our artists have been trained in the traditional manner. Each one brings his or her truly unique vision and method of expression to the challenging medium of tattoo. All of us love our work and truly appreciate and care for our clients. It’s not just the art, the clients are what make this work really fascinating for us on a day to day basis.
We are proud to know that Primeval Ink consistently gets great word of mouth which is of course the best kind of advertising there is!