I've been tattooing professionally for about 10 years now. I began painting with my grandmother at an early age in Mississippi. After moving to the west coast I eventually translated my painting techniques into a self taught tattooing style that I'm continuing to refine. For the last few years I've traveled quite a bit, working, and learning all across the U.S, as well as Switzerland, France, and most recently at the 10th annual London tattoo convention. I enjoy tattooing realistic imagery, portraits, feminine imagery, and freehand designs. I do many bright colorful pieces, although lately I've been working a lot more in black and grey as well. In the future I hope to learn many more approaches to style and technique from all the amazing artists I have the good fortune of working with, and look forward to redefining my work in both painting, and tattooing.
I was born and raised on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. When I was younger, I never took art very seriously or considered it could be full-time career. The extent of my artistic prowess was doodling stuff in class and on books instead of doing what I was supposed to. I got my start in tattooing almost immediately after getting my very first tattoo. Once I understood the process of tattooing, I was hooked.
I volunteered as counter staff at a shop before securing an unpaid apprenticeship, then finally did my first professional tattoo in 2009. I recently relocated to Southern Oregon because of my wife's job. I was fortunate enough to meet fellow Mississippian Johnny Smith and joined the Sweetwater Collective team in March of 2016. Some of my favorite styles to tattoo are color illustrations, new school traditional, cover-ups and the occasional black and grey. However, I'm always up for new ideas and challenges to push my tattooing abilities into the next level.
Katie Palmer has been an esthetician for over 7 years in the Rogue Valley. She attended Carole' s Cosmetic Tattoo Studio & School and has attended numerous Microblading training seminars from Chicago to Texas. Katie stays updated on current trends and continues to attend Mircoblading workshops.
Tattoos are a life style to us here at Sweetwater Collective. We are a custom tattoo studio where every piece is one of a kind, artistically designed for the individual client. We offer free consultations allowing you the opportunity for one-on-one discussion of your tattoo concept with one of our talented artists.