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Pioneering The Personal Tattoo Experience

I’m Alissa Waters, founder of Shade Tattoo Studio. Two years into my undergraduate degree at UW Madison, I needed to make a change. Following the path to medical school, my degree left little room for me to express my creativity.


Looking for an outlet, I took on an apprenticeship at a local tattoo shop. In 2014, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and managed to balance academics alongside learning to tattoo. Since then, I’ve focused entirely on my tattoo career and racked up over ten years of professional experience.

Reconnecting with my scientific roots, I chose to expand my expertise into medical tattoo applications. In 2015, I traveled to London where I completed the Medical Tattoo Masterclass at Finishing Touches UK.


During this intensive training, I mastered innovative tattoo procedures, addressing various medical needs of patients with breast surgeries, skin disorders, scarring, and burns.


With such challenging and rewarding work, I realized the need for a stress-free tattoo experience that supported such a diverse clientele. Shade satisfies that need, a private studio for you to feel comfortable in your own skin.


I work with you to make sure you’re at ease and totally satisfied with the end result. I’m always down to chat, but feel free to pop your headphones in and chill out during your service.


Whether building your tattoo collection or getting tattooed to build confidence, your peace of mind is my priority. If this sounds like what you’re looking for, inquire about booking your personal appointment today.



Alissa Waters


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