Libby retired from Nursing after a 15 year career to pursue her passion for all things Art and Tattoo. She has been drawing, painting and creating nifty pieces of art since she was a wee child. She grew up in southwestern Pennsylvania in a tiny rural Mining community. Her mother was also an artist and a sign painter and she believes that is where her love of art and creativity was derived. As a youngster she would roam the rolling pastures, creeks and hills sketching whatever caught her interest. It was and always has been an escape for her to get lost in her own little creative world. She never dreamed that she would one day grow up and be able to permanently draw on people for a living.
It’s humbling, exhilarating and gratifying all at the same time. Libby’s previous career as a nurse (the last 5 years of which were spent in the ER/Triage at Wake Med’s New Bern Campus) has been extremely advantageous to her current career. Because of her background Libby is well versed in cross contamination, blood borne pathogens, sterility of equipment, recognizing client’s adverse physical reactions and more.
Born and raised in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Jessica has been drawn to the visual and decorative arts as long as she can remember—drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, jewelry making, interior design… The list goes on. As soon as she was of age, Jessica started getting tattooed, and that added another interest the lineup. In 2001, she completed her apprenticeship under the tutelage of Mike Bernstein at FineLine in Mesquite, Texas and continued tattooing professionally for nine years. In 2010, she left the trade to focus on her children full-time while picking up some writing/editing/proofreading work here and there on the side.
Fast forward to 2019, and Jessica is back and ready to start tattooing again. With the children several years older and making their way through school, the demands of motherhood have eased (a bit), and she is able to commit to a regular shop schedule and funnel her creative energy toward the craft again. While Jessica especially enjoys black and gray, botanicals, and anything a little offbeat, she welcomes the opportunity to work with your design ideas and make your experience in the chair a pleasant one. In addition to returning to the tattoo industry, Jessica has also started a piercing apprenticeship. While she’s just dipping her toes in the basics right now, she’ll be able to assist with jewelry changes and simple procedures in the not-too-distant future.