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I once overheard Artful Dodger described as a, “tattoo shop where you can bring the whole family.” Not exactly the most common thing to say about a place where the clientele must be 18 years of age or older, but that’s exactly what made the Mother’s words so powerful. Being able to know her kids were safe in this environment was as important to her as the ink she was about to get on her skin.

This is but one of the reasons I love this place and why I’m very excited to announce Artful Dodger Tattoo and Comics as a HOMETOWN HERO!!

Owned and operated by Lucky Barnard, Artful Dodger stands unique amongst its competitors thanks to the positive energy put forth by the hard working, highly talented artists who make up the soul of this independent force of creativity and community located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. Where else can you browse long boxes of old comics, recall your childhood through old toys and play free video games—all while waiting to get a piece of badass, custom art on your body?!!

This has truly become one of my favorite places in Seattle and reminds me why I still love this city, despite how much it’s changed. Visit or take a stroll up Olive way and experience the magic for yourself!!

I’ll leave you with a bit from the Dodger itself and keep it here for more Hometown Heroes announcements!!

At Artful Dodger Tattoo and Comics, we’re dedicated to giving you an experience that encompasses more than putting ink to skin. We specialize in creating custom artwork that our clients will love for the rest of their lives. Whether you have a rough idea or solid vision of what you want, our artists will work with you to design a tattoo that truly reflects what you’re looking for.