On the First Friday designated quarterly months from 7-10pm, come celebrate with us as we welcome a new featured artist into our gallery space. Libations, food, treats, and raffle for a tattoo gift certificate every month. Lots of fun at a free event. Rub elbows with our tattooists, see great new art, meet new people – speak another language.
If you are interested in exhibiting your work in our gallery space, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us to set up an appointment to meet our staff and show us your art.
Upcoming First Friday Art Opening : May 10, 7-10pm Book release party for “Mommy’s New Tattoo!”
*PLEASE NOTE* This event will be taking place on the SECOND Friday of the month, May 10th!
Skeleton Key artist Levi Greenacres’ book “Mommy’s New Tattoo” has been published by Schiffer Books, and we are celebrating with a reading of the book here at the shop. Get a chance to take a sneak peek at new art in progress for Levi’s new book, watch the new video for “Mommy’s New Tattoo,” and get a chance to win a signed copy of the new beautiful hardback edition of the book, which features Skeleton Key’s Ximena Quiroz, Katie Williams of Tacoma’s House Of Tattoo, and Seattle’s Madame Lazonga.
We’ll also have our usual raffle for tattoo gift certificates, food and drink, fun and excitement. We’ll do the book reading early, if you or someone you know wants to bring a child to enjoy the story, but we’ll be celebrating with rowdy adult fun after that. We wish Levi the best of luck with his first published book for children, and hope to see you here for the big day!
Upcoming Event: Anniversary Key And Lock Special
Celebrate Skeleton Key Tattoo’s 5th Anniversary! For the whole month of February, you can get any one of our specially-designed key or lock souvenir tattoos on display at the shop for only $45. It’s our way of saying thank you to all who have shown your support to us over the last five amazing years. (designs will not be displayed online, so come by the shop to check them out!)
Past Artists and Events
February 8th, 7-10pm. SKT Five-year Anniversary Party
We kick off a new awesome year with a group art show, featuring new paintings by the Skeleton Crew, as well as DJ music, food and drinks, and a raffle for 2 gift certificates for tattoos. Hope to see you there!
January 4th, 7-10pm, The Art of S. Mann
Three glorious hours of art and spectacle, featuring new art from S. Mann, and a raffle for Skeleton Key tattoo Gift certificates and art from our featured artist. Enjoy our snacks, libations, or feel free to bring your favorite hors d’ouevres or dessert item and boast about your kitchen prowess. Shower your favorite SKT tattooist with affection and homemade handicrafts! Take home new art from a local artist! Learn a new kind of dance!
Visit the artist’s website here.
End Of The World Tattoo Special
To celebrate the end of the Mayan calendar and maybe the end of the world, Skeleton Key Tattoo is proud to announce the End Of The World Tattoo Special! From December 18th-21st. the shop will feature a sheet of flash from each of our artists (total of four sheets) with souvenir tattoo designs celebrating hope, paranoia, the Mayans, the aliens, and more! Each design is $42, which will be easy on your life, your wallet, and everything! This may be your last chance to get a tattoo, or anything else. Don’t miss out. Hope to see you then!
NOTE: As with our other specials, the $42 designs will not be available online to preview (or take pictures of for your friends), but are available to view in person at the shop.
First Friday Art Opening: September 7th, 7-10pm BATTLE OF THE ZOMBIE COMICS! An Art Show Featuring Skeleton Key’s Mark Ledford, mastermind behind Big Sal’s, a comic about a tattoo shop in the zombie apocalyptic near-future. Also featuring Chris Kohler, artist of Portland Underground, a zombie comic based in the City Of Roses.
There will be a zombie costume contest! The grand prize winner wins tattoo time with Mark Ledford! Other prizes will be available for second and third place too. (you MUST be 18 years old to participate!). Dress up in your undead best! Costume contest judging begins at 9:15pm.
As usual, raffle, refreshments, rigamarockandroll.
Friday, July 6th, 7-10pm. ALL SKULL: The Art Of Maki Shindo Skeleton Key artist Maki Shindo’s showcase of drawings and paintings on paper and household fixtures. 7-10pm, refreshments, raffle, ordinary madness.
July 13, 2012 FRIDAY THE 13th SPECIAL! $13 dollar (plus lucky $7 tip) designs, 4 sheets of designs to choose from, one from each of our artists extra specially for 2012! Skulls, daggers, 13s, cats, The Bomb, rubber ducks, smashed mirrors and many more! Come by the shop to view designs, and come early to the shop on Friday the 13th, it’s a popular day! 11am-2am.
May 4, 2012. 7-10pm. NEW NOUVEAU, with new works from tattooist Levi Greenacres. Pieces inspired by Mucha, by way of Michael Manning. Raffle, drinks, swirly lines, woozy stargazing.
Skeleton Key 4-Year Anniversary Show. Friday, February 3rd, 2012.
Art by Ximena, Maki, Levi, and Mark.
We’ll be raffling off a slew of great prizes to thank everyone for their support over the 4 years you’ve kept us in business. One $125 gift certificate, and two $65 gift certificates, and a copy of Levi Greenacres’ book for children, “Mommy’s New Tattoo.”
As usual, free snacks and libations! Feel free to bring something to spice up our celebratory smorgasboard. DJ Erich Zann spins an incendiary blend of musical mischiefs. This is a party you won’t want to miss!
“Parallels” June 2011 by Portland photographer, model, artist and triskadecaphiliac, Merrick Monroe.
Merrick Monroe is a perverse polymath who would rather learn from real world experience than from formal education. She works in most any creative field she can find the time for, including jewelry design, photography, modeling, graphic arts, and even art curation. She grew up in Eugene and moved to the Portland area in 2006, which has served as her creative muse in the time since. When she’s not taking photos, you can find Merrick reading comic books, drinking coffee, and being generally awesome.
We will be raffling off tattoo gift certificates as well as serve snacks and libations. Thanks!
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The Art of Terry Bizarro, May 6, 2011
Rhythmic Metal–The Art of Trent Stocking, April 1 2011
You can check out his Etsy site here, or visit his Facebook page to see some of his cool metal art!
Also, we are raffling tickets for a gift certificate, and your choice of prints from artist Levi Greenacres for $1, and offering A SUGGESTED DONATION jar for our refreshments to help Ximena. Check out the blog for more info.
Hic Abundant Bestia – March 4, 2011
This month we’re featuring a special group show curated by Tess Emily Rodriguez – Hic Abundant Bestia, a bestiary comprised of local and overseas artists:
Robert Scott – Flying Nun recording artist. The Bats and The Clean
As usual, we will be raffling off a gift certificate for a tattoo, and the usual libations and merriment.
February 4, 2011: 7pm
Skeleton Key Three Year Anniversary show, featuring a new collection of works from – Ximena, Maki, Chaz, and Levi. This event will be even bigger than our regular First Friday events–more foods, drinks, DJ music, more full-tilt reverie as we celebrate the third year of our doors swinging proudly wide to the ink-starved masses of Portland. As always, we will raffle a gift certificate to the shop, and each of our artists will be available to talk shop, hug, laud, regale, and of course, bribe with candy. Share a memory. Make a memory. Lose your ride home. It’s going to be a thyroid – throttling bacchanalia of biblical and / or Byzantine proportion. Don’t miss it!
FREE LOVE FRIDAY – Annual Free Tattoo Day, January 21 2011, 11:00am. Check our Blog for details. We’ll be back with the monthly First Friday Art Openings in February, with a special Skeleton Key Anniversary Group Show.
December/ January 2010 Featured artist Tess Rodriguez.
L’art du Compartimentage, Erinjane Larue- November 2010
About the show:
“I have constructed these pieces as exercises in the creation and encapsulation of the sacred nature of memory. The inspiration for my work comes from the understanding that memory is not always complete or static. Like memory, the nature of an object can be unclear, itshistory unknown, yet its messages can still be emotionally potent andquite detectable by the subconscious. I find that when compositionscome together in their final forms they often hold unintended symbolic & personal messages. I am constantly collecting & surrounding myselfwith ingredients for my art. The environments that I build areattempts to encapsulate these messages in a sacred space. They aresimilar to the environments I create within my own personal life and are filled with things I am drawn to: wood, moss, bones, boxes,baubles, things that sparkle, things that are soft, things that are used & worn & loved.”
Jake Tong – October 2010
Xenophile Zookeeper: The Art of Levi Greenacres – September 2010