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. M I S S I O N .

. S T A T E M E N T .

Birds & Bones Studio was first conceived as an upscale, boutique style art space - a place where the creative fine arts and the traditions of tattoo culture blend together to form an inviting, but also engaging, space for artists and clients alike.

It all comes back to the space - the experience -

We believe a strong connection starts with a comfortable environment. When we sit down to discuss the permanence of altering the body with artwork, it’s important to have a good connection allowing you, the client, to walk away with a truly unique piece of artwork that clearly conveys your ideas.

Here at Birds & Bones we believe in working hard to achieve our goals and yours -

. P O R T F O L I O .


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. M E E T T H E C R E W .


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H A I L E E W I N T E R

A Lover of all things cat and adorable ~

I have always found myself drawn to creation - be it through traditional art, writing, or performance - since as far back as I can remember. However, I had always heard or observed from the world around me that making it as an artist wasnʼt exactly the most practical of aspirations, so when it came time to declare a major for my college experience I scrapped all notions of the art world and pursued a B.A. in communication.

While I found ways to insert my creativity into communication assignments, it never fully satisfied my creative nature and I chose to pick up a minor in studio art, returning to my element.

Upon graduation, I found myself reflecting on how I had always been assured that I could continue with art as a hobby on the side, as long as I had a "real job" to pay the bills. I found such prospects to be mundane and unsatisfying, and it was then that I stumbled upon working as a receptionist at a tattoo studio. Prior to this, my exposure to the tattoo industry was quite limited - occasional episodes of Ink Master and a small tattoo I had gotten with my family - but the energy and creative atmosphere immediately swept me up.

It was over the course of several months that I became enamored with the process of helping people connect with artwork that they were committing to adorn their bodies. It truly is a beautifully personal experience for the client and a wonderfully challenging pursuit as an artist.

When it comes to running the front of house, it is so much more than simply answering emails and phone calls, it is the amalgamation of helping people, organizing, and communicating, all in an environment where creativity thrives.

It is my hope to continue working towards my goals as an artist while helping those who come by our studio have the best possible experience here at Birds & Bones.

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S I O B H A N A L E X A N D E R

I get asked quite often, "what made you decide to become a tattoo artist?" and every time I can't help but laugh a little to myself - what was it exactly that did make me want to shift my drive and direction down this path?

The usual response I give is always something along the lines of "deciding I did not want to be a gallery artist." - but I suppose that doesn’t quite encapsulate the whole picture.

I have been involved in the arts since the early age of six, when my keenly observant parents noticed my interest in drawing and enrolled me in fine arts classes designed for my age group. It was quite the jump from grocery store coloring contests to classic still lifes - but I never turned back. 

I followed the fine art path all the way up to the collegiate level, graduating from Endicott College with my Bachelors of Fine Art. 

It was about two years into my degree when I started to feel like maybe working as a gallery artist was not where my artistic self would be most satisfied. This realization really threw me, as up until that point I had never really questioned my direction in life. Painting and illustration had always been my passion, and I found myself wanting to translate the styles I had begun developing to a new medium.

I had always had an interest in tattoos - coming up with designs for friends and having collected a few myself - and decided to pursue a semester long internship at one of the local studios in my hometown of Bangor, Maine. My experience at Diversified Ink inspired me to further educate myself on the tattoo industry and its’ culture, focusing my senior thesis studies on the history of tattoos and tattoo design. I found a plethora of information out there, and have come to acquire a deep respect and appreciation for tattooing as an art form, the artists themselves, and those who choose to adorn their bodies with the permanence and sacred nature of ink.

Having been a licensed artist since 2015, I am constantly striving to improve upon my artistic skills and direction. I enjoy depicting the natural beauty of the animal kingdom in abstracted, illustrative, and colorful ways and I have a particular soft spot for birds of all natures. I specialize predominantly in watercolor and painterly tattoos as well as illustrative and geometric - but I am more than willing to take on any project.

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. A F T E R C A R E .

Look at you, with that stunning new tattoo! We promise, the hardest part is behind you, but the next step to making sure your new art stays looking fresh is on you (and it’s super easy).

The first week-ish (4 days):

First and foremost is making sure your tattoo is clean while healing, and for this we recommend using antibacterial soap and some warm water; give it a good bath once in the morning (or whenever you get up, we’re not “morning people” either) and once at night. This might sting a little early on in the healing process, but after the first few days should settle right down. After each wash you’re going to want to moisturize - because honey, she thirsty - so grab that Aquaphor and apply a light coating. If your skin is looking super shiny, you’ve probably used too much, but you can just dab off any excess with a paper towel.

An additional part of keeping your new tattoo clean is making sure pets, dirt, public pools, gym equipment, your Aunt Joni or even your own hands don’t get all up in your tattoo’s business. As cat moms, we know that pet part is tricky, they always want to rub on you! Just give Mittens and Spot some treats and they’ll forgive you in time.

An extra measure of caution: Getting that good vitamin D is healthy, no arguments there, but make sure that you don’t have any sun damaged skin prior to getting a tattoo, and activate vampire-mode for 2 weeks after your tattoo appointment (no sun)! It may seem unbearable, but in the long run it’ll keep your tattoo looking fresh.

After that:

You will start to notice that your tattoo is peeling and flaking, and we regret to inform you this does not signal your metamorphosis into a human-reptilian hybrid, but is in fact a totally normal part of the healing process. It is imperative to keep the skin moisturized, and by this point you can switch to an unscented or all-natural option; we suggest Lubriderm (not a paid endorsement).

The tattoo will most likely get a little itchy at times while healing, and that want to scratch paired with the urge to peel the flakies MUST BE RESISTED. Your artist worked hard stabbing all that gorgeous color into your dermis, so unless you desire a big ol’ touch-up, hands off until that peel is all done (you can luxuriate in touching your tattoo after a couple of weeks).

That’s pretty much it, but if you do have any questions regarding your healing, hit us up through birdsandbonesstudio@gmail.com or 207-573-1198, because your experience doesn’t have to end when you walk out the door; keep us in the loop!

. C O N T A C T U S .


For tattoo inquiries, please fill out the following information and include “tattoo” in your subject line. In the body of the message,  make sure to include size, placement, and if you are thinking color or black and gray, as well as any reference photos.


To have your art considered for a feature in our gallery, please fill out the following information and include “gallery” in your subject line. In the body of the message please include photos of your artwork.

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. Our STUDIO .

34 Main Street

Bangor ME, 04401

(207)-573-1198

 
 

. F A Q .


How old do I need to be to get tattooed?

We don’t want to break any hearts but unfortunately, it is Maine State Law that you MUST be 18 years of age or older to be tattooed (but let’s be honest, we all make questionable choices in our teens, so this is probably for the best).


Do I need an appointment?

We do operate on an appointment-only basis, with the exception of cancellations and flash events - which we will post on our social media sites (Instagram or Facebook).


How do I set up an appointment?

Glad you asked! There are a couple of options - The first of which would be to send us an email that includes a rough idea of what you are looking to get done, as well as size and placement for the tattoo. The second being to call and set up an in-person consultation at your convenience to discuss your tattoo ideas. Either of these will provide you with a price quote from your artist, and we can proceed to scheduling you from there!


what is your Deposit policy?

When scheduling your appointment, we will take a non-refundable deposit (the amount will be based on a percentage of the price quoted for your tattoo). While the deposit is non-refundable, if you need to reschedule for any reason, please let us know a minimum of 72 hours prior, and we will transfer the deposit over to the new appointment date.

Obviously we know life can be a drag sometimes - cars break down, general shenanigans - we understand that things come up, but we also know that you NEED that fancy new tattoo, so we will do what we can to help make that happen.


What if I’m pregnant/have a medical condition/allergy?

For general safety, we will not tattoo anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding. If you have a medical condition or a particular allergy please DO NOT keep that information to yourself - we want to ensure you have both a safe and awesome experience.

We use nitrile gloves instead of latex, as well as vegan and organic products.


Will I see a sketch prior to my appointment?

We totally get that you’re excited to see what awesomeness our artist has put together for you, but due to being a busy lady, your design will only be ready for you to view on the day of your appointment. Not to fret, if you would like any changes made to your design, there is plenty of time allotted during your appointment for making adjustments - we want you 100% elated with your new tattoo!


What do I need to bring?

A PHOTO ID (this is super duper important, that’s why it’s in bold) that clearly states your name and birthdate.

A snack and plenty of beverage.

Comfy clothes that you don’t mind getting shmeggy are a must.


What should I wear?

We definitely suggest wearing something you feel totally comfortable in - something loose that you might be okay painting walls in. Also, bear in mind where you are getting your tattoo. Some examples:

If you are getting a back piece, maybe wear a backless swimsuit or bring a zippy sweatshirt that could easily be worn backwards - getting a piece on your upper thigh might warrant shorts etc.


(How much) does it hurt?

You know the feeling of kitten whiskers on your skin? It’s not that. Everyone experiences being tattooed differently, with some people reporting it feels only like an irritation, while others say it’s definitely a bit spicy. The most important thing to remember is the pain is temporary, the beautiful art is forever.


How long does it take to heal?

For the most part, it takes about 4 to 6 weeks for your tattoo to fully heal up, but depending on your skin type it could vary. If you have any specific questions or concerns regarding your healing process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.