for Summer/Fall 2020

NEW Health Guidelines: COVID-19

  • All tattoos are by APPOINTMENT ONLY.

  • If you’ve been sick or have been in contact with someone who is sick STAY HOME! I will happily reschedule you.

  • All clients will be asked to wear a mask and wash their hands upon entering the shop. Please try to provide your own mask as PPE is in short supply. 

  • Please come ALONE to your appointment, any visitors will be asked to leave.

  • Please avoid touching surfaces and items that aren’t yours.

  • Please try to limit your belongings to essential items, you will be asked to keep them in a marked container next to you during your tattoo.  

As always, I am committed to running a clean and safe tattoo studio and will continue to take extra precautions including wearing a mask and allowing for extra time for sanitation between clients. I will do my best in and outside of work to practice social distancing to maintain a safe environment for my clients. However, if you are high risk or uncomfortable with the situation I respect any decision to postpone a tattoo at this time and will happily honor deposits.



Tattoo Studio



Two years into my undergraduate in pre-med at UW-Madison, I felt I needed to make a change. I had always been artistic, but the workload needed for my degree left little room for art classes.  I dove in head first at an opportunity to apprentice at Spike-O-Matic Tattoo as I saw  to continue my love of art outside of the classroom. I pushed myself to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology while also learning to tattoo.  After I graduated, I turned my focus entirely to my tattoo career and have been tattooing professionally since 2012.


To further my trade, I pursued training in medical tattoo applications and completed Medical Tattoo Masterclass at Finishing Touches, UK.  During this intensive training, I was able to learn and perform innovative new procedures to address the medical needs of patients with breast reconstruction, skin disorders, scarring and burns.  I found this new focus of my work challenging and very rewarding.  With this experience, I opened my own studio, Shade.  In this setting I work to provide areola pigmentation, scar camouflage and custom tattoos in a private, approachable space for all.  

Alissa Waters





This form is to inquire about booking Summer/Fall 2020 Please fill out the form in detail.  You will be contacted following submission.


The following styles and concepts will be prioritized.  

  • Floral

  • Animals and Nature

  • Linework and Blackwork

  • Saturated Color (esp moody/natural colors)

  • Fantasy

  • Sci-Fi

  • Anatomy,Figures & Faces

  • Filigree


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