Your tattoo artist is almost as important as your tattoo itself. Once you’ve decided you want a tattoo, always research your artist first! Whether you choose an artist from Arrows and Embers or not, do your research! Read reviews about the shop AND artist, look at their portfolios thoroughly, talk to the artist in person, and ask as many questions as you need. Be sure you are very comfortable with this person as you will be in very close quarters with them when you begin tattooing.
Sean Ambrose (Owner & Artist)
Creativity and focusing on the emotion of each piece has always come pretty naturally to Sean. While he loves tattoos of all kinds, his favorite pieces always tell a story. Although his clients give him artistic liberty due to his experience and expansive portfolio, he’s helping them tell their stories. No matter how big or small, detailed or simple, he’s in a service industry and finds it extremely fulfilling to be a tattoo artist. Plus, from researching art to the mechanical components of the tattoo machines themselves, to the science and psychology behind good design, every aspect of tattooing truly satisfies his self-proclaimed ‘geekiness.’
“Tattooing is a very comfortable way for me to connect with people. When I’m tattooing, I feel at home. And it never gets mundane; challenges are always present and growing and changing, and that helps to keep things interesting, too. I especially enjoy the challenges-when I get someone in the shop who isn’t necessarily artistically inclined or someone who says they want a skeleton riding a dishwasher… To anyone else, it sounds crazy. But when I put it through the filters of complementary color schemes, complementary textures, and good composition, all those artsy-fartsy words mean something and it’s about the science of pleasing the human subconscious. When I’m finished they have a piece of art that they’re proud of, that I’m often told looks better than they had imagined, and that’s awesome-there’s nothing more rewarding for me than seeing how happy someone is with their tattoo that we’ve literally created together with our imaginations. I feel honored to do what I do, and I love it. I can’t imagine doing anything else.” Check out Sean’s portfolio here!
Jason Dasaro (Artist)
Jason has been tattooing for what seems like an eternity. He began his tattooing career in Florida but relocated back home to New Hampshire a couple years ago. Jason has been part of the Arrows and Embers Tattoo team ever since. Jay’s style is very versatile and he can tattoo just about anything you throw at him. He is especially drawn to both realism and new school style art and tattoos. No matter what the subject matter is, Jay always does his best to create a unique piece of art for his clients.
Jason enjoys endless conversations with his clients and listening to music. He conjures up magic spells to keep them entertained while the faint aroma of fresh incense fills the gallery. (Yes, he came up with that. And yes, he insisted we put it on the website.) Jay’s good-natured and jovial demeanor makes him an integral part of Arrows and Embers, and he can always be counted on for providing comedic relief for nervous first-timers (or second or third-timers! No judgment here)! You’ll often overhear him excitedly (loudly) chatting about a movie he’s recently watched or exclaiming about his newest E-Bay ‘prize’ that is most likely an original G.I. Joe or Castle Grayskull model still unopened or something to the same effect. (What? He’s a collector… Hey, I thought we said no judgment!)
What Jason loves most about tattooing is being able to meet people from all walks of life and work with them to create things that change their lives for the better. View Jason’s portfolio here!
Will Self (Artist)
Will is a Texas native and a tattooing powerhouse. With both feet planted in Japanese Traditional and Traditional Americana, he’s all about bold colors, crisp lines, and tattoos that will withstand the tests of time. Will likes to say he makes tattoos that look like tattoos-no BS, just solid, clean work. We’re pretty sure black iced coffee runs through his veins and he’s got a strong affinity for nerd culture, but he’ll give you a damn good tattoo—like your granddad’s, only better. Check out Will’s work here!
Amy Borch (Apprentice)
Fresh to the tattoo scene is the newest member of the Arrows and Embers family, Amy. For the past 10 years Amy has been an active visual artist in cities and mountain towns coast-to-coast. From Philadelphia to San Francisco, or the north shore to the central Sierra, Amy draws inspiration from the human relationship to the natural world.
“To me, tattooing is a creative pathway to explore the complexity of human identity. Often I have observed that tattoos give people permission to ask questions and tell stories that could otherwise be challenging to express. When people allow themselves to experience this kind of freedom — the freedom of expression — the result is absolutely transformative. I look forward to the journey forward and can’t wait to create tattoos with you who choose to transform yourselves in subtle and powerful ways.”
Amy officially became an apprentice at Arrows and Embers Tattoo in late March, 2018. We are so excited to see her grow and thrive and look forward to the art she’s going to create! Check out her work here!