This Portland Tattoo Artist Is Making a Case for Retro Ink

Tat Talks Illustration

Small tattoos, big tattoos, and everything in between — we’re here for it. In this series, we chat with budding and well-established tattoo artists about body art from around the world.

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Portland-based tattoo artist Shannon Wolf admits to having a thing for bright colors. Retro roller skates in teal, a fishnet bodysuit in Living Coral, and highlighter-yellow plantains are just some of the playful pieces she’s renowned for. Her style is a mix of line work and color blocking, inspired by the memories of childhood (think: cootie catchers, rocket pops, and 1970s Volvo station wagons).

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All photos via Shannon Wolf

Illustrations by San Trieu

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