Our Artists

 

Erik Payne

My name is Erik Payne. I apprenticed under Russel Myers at Electric Dragon Tattoo which at the time was the one and only shop in Boise Idaho from 1986-1988. After his incarceration I ran the shop by myself for several years. Upon his return, I departed. I have owned Inkvision Tattoo since 1990. In 1999 I took my one and only apprentice Travis Berg, a great drawer, solid tattooer, and tactical joker who twelve years later is still my right hand man, visual adviser and life coach. His dedication to his craft motivates me daily.

I came into tattooing and my apprenticeship like a lot guys my age from the local punk rock scene, doing fliers, record covers, painting jackets, and drawing tattoos for my friends. I was also influenced by my love of underground comics in general and Greg Irons, Jack Jaxon, Rand Holmes and Robert Williams specifically. I still remember the first Tattoo magazine I ever bought, with Bill Loika on the cover and an article on Greg Irons. I’m sure some of you know it.

Most of the tattoos we do at our shop are on the larger side, and we are fortunate to have a lot of return clientele who understand what makes a good tattoo. Tattooing is an unregulated industry where I live so from one shop in the eighties to over thirty in the phone book this year, we endeavor to persevere.

I get to do a lot of larger pieces both oriental and occidental, monochromatic and polychromatic, religious and sacrilegious. I get to work every day with three great tattooers; Travis Berg, Erik Bailey, and Kam Kelley. I love my job.

 

Travis Berg

Travis Berg has a bold, distinctive style of tattooing deeply rooted in the art forms classic styles. His work is easily recognizable by the high contrast balance of black and his choices of color, and his line work which flows smoothly yet also strikes the viewer with its action and movement.

His paintings are dark and elegant, and conjure a sense of welcoming doom and beautiful torment. Come see him for the coolest tattoo you'll ever have, or to buy a painting that will make your living room feel like the Devil's weekend getaway home.

 

Erik Bailey

Born in San Diego and raised in Boise, Erik spent many years traveling the globe developing an appreciation for tattooing, before returning home to perfect his craft.  Working alongside, and collecting knowledge and art from tattooers throughout the US and Europe helped Erik to define and focus his style on classic and bold western tattooing. 

He puts this deep knowledge to usemaking work that is classic, and uniquely his own. If you're looking for someone who can create timeless and clean work, Erik is your guy.

Kam Kelly

Kam Kelley was born and raised in Yakima Washington upon moving to the treasure valley in late 2010. Kam started his journey in tattooing in 2013 here in Boise where he continues to work and expand his knowledge, craft and artistry. 

Kam received his BFA from Boise State University in 2016 with an emphasis in printmaking, along with a minor in Art History. His style includes American traditional, as it was a heavy influence on his introduction into tattooing, as well as transitioning into traditional Japanese and large scale black work projects. 

 


 

Travis Berg's Palm Tattoo 1

Travis Berg's Palm Tattoo 2

Erik Payne's Back Piece #4

 
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