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I am now working at Mermaids Tattoo in San Francisco! I am excited to work alongside old friends in this beautiful, friendly, comfortable shop in the Mission District. Contact me directly to book appointments.

I've been tattooing professionally since 1998, while pursuing a parallel love of comics, illustration, and renegade art. I will draw your imaginary animals, flying machines, vicious vegetables, dream bicycles, surreal maps, transformations and mutations, you name it. I love quirky, animated tattoos that combine the organic and inorganic, the real and the imaginary. I love to take a good story, feeling or idea and translate it into evocative visual form that tickles the gut more than the intellect. If the resulting image is a little strange, visceral, funny or rude, even better!

Most fundamentally, though, I enjoy collaborating with a client to come up with something that we both want to show off. I like large tattoos that follow the natural shape of the body and I also like little things that get straight to the point. Technically, I tend towards strong, clean lines with detailed color and shading that make imaginary things feel boldly alive.

See my full tattoo portfolio!

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I'm happy to answer any questions you have. Contact me here.

Thanks for your interest!


Zeph tattooing
photo by Lex Non Scripta




All custom art on this site copyright Zeph Fishlyn 2014.