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The Man Behind the Machine

Born on the Rocky Boy Reservation, Bear is a member of the Chippewa Cree Nation ("The People"). He's also a former US Army Sniper and proud disabled veteran. 
But that's just the tip of the iceberg.
He's lived darn near everywhere, but now resides near Stanwood with his family. He loves all things Star Wars, Harry Potter, Legos, and all assorted nerdly wonders. He's even decorated his prosthetic leg!
Bear has been tattooing for nearly 30 years, and can tattoo just about anything! He really enjoys putting his own spin on Neo-Traditional artwork, and birds are some of his favorite subjects.

Getting the Needle at Native Ink

Times are weird, we get it. That's why we're going above-and-beyond to make sure you feel safe now and throughout the pandemic:


  • We're appointment only for now, at least until the numbers calm down. You may bring one person along to your appointment, but masks and social distancing are required at all times. We want to minimize the exposure risk for everyone here.


  • We keep the door open as weather allows, and have an air purifier running for the entire duration of your appointment as an added precaution.

  • We've expanded our sanitation protocols to occur before and after consultations in addition to our regular practices of thoroughly sanitizing the area before and after all tattoo appointments.


  • For added safety and convenience, we're equipped to conduct virtual consultations. We want you to have a chance to see your design before the day you're scheduled to walk away wearing it. That way we can make whatever changes are needed to ensure your tattoo is something you're going to be truly happy with for the long term.



Care and Feeding for Your New Tattoo.


What to do:

  • Drink plenty of water.

  • Remove bandage after 3-5 hours.

  • Wash area with mild soap & warm water, gently using your hands and fingertips only.

  • Apply thin coat of coconut oil or cocoa butter several times a day.

  • Some bruising may occur, this is normal.

  • Showers are fine; just be sure to minimize the amount of time your new tattoo is exposed to water.

  • Call us if you have any questions about your tattoo as it heals.


What NOT to do:

  • Do NOT shave the area:  You must wait until the tattoo has completely healed (for the first month or until flakiness has subsided).

  • NO Swimming, hot tubs, baths, exposing to excessive steam, submerging or soaking under water

  • Do NOT pick or scratch at your tattoo. This can cause serious harm to your new tattoo! About the 4th or 5th day your tattoo will itch and begin to flake and peel. A light slap will safely mitigate any itchiness.

  • Do NOT expose your tattoo to direct sunlight, as it will fade the color.

  • Do not take advice from tattoo “experts” in bars or nightclubs! (Seriously.)

Remember: it puts the lotion on the skin or else it gets the needle again.

Take care of your body

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