Studio to reopen 5/26/2020 with new health guidelines!
  • 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.

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






Books open in June!

The following styles and concepts will be prioritized.  Though this does not necessarily exclude you if your idea is not listed. 

  • Floral

  • Animals and Nature

  • Linework and Blackwork

  • Saturated Color (esp moody/natural colors)

  • Fantasy

  • Sci-Fi

  • Anatomy and Figures

  • Filigree


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