Ari ~ Tattoo Apprentice ~ Downtown
I was born and raised in southern Wisconsin, but left at 18 to go to the Cleveland Institute of Art where I received a BFA in Metalsmithing. I worked as a bench jeweler for a few years, but longed for more creative freedom. So I packed up my bags and moved back to Madison to get my MFA in Metalsmithing at UW Madison. After finishing my degree I returned to bench work, as well as started my new found love of performing drag under the moniker ZZ Topz. All these experiences have led to an eclectic background that continues to grow.
I leapt at the chance to start down a new and thrilling career path at Blue Lotus. My work consists of themes of the macabre, a love of the human figure, anime, comics, and alternative fashion. My MFA work focused on themes of sexwork and femme, queer sexuality, which are still subjects I adore to this day. I’m eager to use all of my creative skills to help bring your vision to life as a piece of permanent, wearable art. I’m open to any and all styles of tattooing but I’m especially down to create any nerdy or dirty art for you!