ARTISTS

A truly diverse and talented group of artists make up the staff of Skeleton Key Tattoo. Please select an artist below to read a little more about who they are. Also, please take your time and check out our wonderful artists’ portfolios.

Ximena Quiroz
Maki Shindo
Levi Greenacres
Courtney Potter
Jake Tong

 

Ximena Quiroz – Artist and Gallery Curator

Ximena Quiroz thought tattoos were pretty since she was old enough to know that Cracker Jack boxes had them as the toy surprise inside. After growing her personal tattoo and record collections, the winds brought her to Portland, OR. She apprenticed under Rio DeGenarro in 2006. In 2008, Ximena opened Skeleton Key Tattoo thanks to a kick in the butt from friends and a credit card.

Since apprenticing under Rio, Ximena has learned about scar camouflage and saline pigment removal from Mary Jane Haake. She is also certified by the Red Cross for bloodborne pathogens training. Currently she lives in her basement Tiki Bar in Portland, where tiki drinks are lovingly crafted and sipped while growing her record collection and organizing her army of cats.

Maki Shindo – Artist

Maki moved to the United States from Japan in 1991 and found a way to express himself artistically. He worked doing custom air brush painting and metal fabrication, as well as built custom choppers for many years. He apprenticed under second generation tattoo artist, Rio DeGenarro and is now a licensed tattoo artist.

Maki tirelessly studies traditional Japanese tattoo design, as well as endlessly perfecting his black and gray tattoo technique. He enjoys preserving Japanese tattoo design traditions as well as modern black and gray tattoo designs and portraits.

Maki’s Facebook Page

Levi Greenacres – Artist

Levi has been tattooing since 2007, and joinied the shop in October of 2010. He attended the Art Institute of Seattle for Illustration, and worked as a freelance illustrator and designer for a number of years before taking an interest in the indelible alteration of skin. His interest is strongest in the style and history of traditional American tattoos, but is interested in many different styles and techniques.

When he is not tattooing, Mr. Greenacres writes and illustrates children’s books, creates band posters and images for merchandise, builds and maintains websites, and plays pinball into the wee hours. Levi’s site is here.

Courtney Potter – Artist

Courtney Has been Tattooing since mid 2011. She has been painting since 2003. She loves all kinds of art, from oil painting to welding. She Joined the shop in late February 2014. On her off hours she supports her friends and family at local shows, Both Art and Music.

Find her and her art here—–>https://www.facebook.com/darkopalart?ref=hl

Jake Tong – Artist

Jake hails from New England, and moved to Portland in 2008. He took a formal apprenticeship under Bob Ducharme and has been tattooing since 2003. While Jake is a diverse tattooer, he describes his style as illustrative traditional. He also enjoys lettering and black and grey. When not tattooing Jake enjoys spending time with his two cats Georgie-Chan and Zeus-Chan, riding road bikes, playing soccer, and photography. Jake’s site is here.