Tara Shinn

“Tara combines technical excellence with creative vision through an extensive study of traditional as well as experimental drawing processes. Her meticulously rendered multilayered works relate to an interest in identity, transformation, and tattoo arts.”
~2014 GMU Undergrad Academic and Artistic Achievement Award

My artistic career began further back than I can recall – my parents always made sure I had a pencil and paper near me. That was standard equipment for everyday life growing up; I felt odd without it. It wasn’t until High School that the thought of becoming a tattoo artist occurred to me. I began by drawing on my friends in between classes with pens and sharpies. They put the thought into my head, and I ran with it.

I hit my artistic stride in college, at George Mason University. I was fortunate enough to have phenomenal professors that challenged me in every way possible. I graduated in May of 2014, and was surprised with the honor of receiving the Undergraduate Academic and Artistic Achievement Award.

My tattooing career began in August of 2011, and I tested and received my license in the state of Virginia in May of 2014. American Traditional and Illustrative tattooing have been my main influences, though I strive to push my tattoo work in my own unique ways. I am ecstatic to be doing what I love every day, and I am always pushing myself to be better.


How do I set up an appointment with Tara?

Tara takes on new projects approximately twice a year, and she does not take new project concepts between designated booking periods.  Watch her Instagram page (@TattoosbyTara) or sign up for her newsletter (sign-up is below this FAQ). She posts approximately a week in advance before taking new projects in order to give potential clients time to prepare their concepts. Her books typically remain open for a weekend to allow clients time to get their concepts in, and she sorts through submissions over the following week and picks which ones are the best fit for her style and interest.

What should I bring to my consultation?

An open mind, as well as any visual material that you think might be helpful. The reference photos work as a guide to give Tara an idea of what sort of style you are drawn to – it does not have to be exactly what you want. Please be precise and have your thoughts organized. Although Tara loves drawing, she does not have time to re-draw your image over and over again because there was a lack of communication.

When can I see my tattoo design?
Tara does not send out her artwork via e-mail. You will see your final tattoo design the day of the appointment. Any minor changes will be made that day. If major changes need to be made to the design, Tara may choose to reschedule you. To avoid this, please be precise during your consultation to avoid any misunderstandings. If you change your mind about the tattoo design and wish to have an entirely new design drawn, your original deposit will be forfeited and you will be asked to leave another.
How much do tattoos cost?

 For one session tattoos Tara is able to give a quote for the tattoo upfront. For larger, multi-session projects, Tara works at $250 an hour. It is nearly impossible to guess the cost of a tattoo via e-mail, so Tara rarely produces estimates prior to the in-person consult. She typically books clients in half day (3-4hr) or full day (6-7hr) increments.


Keep an eye on her IG for when her books open again @TattoosByTara
She will not reply to any new inquiry contacts while her books are closed.

If you have any additional questions after reading the FAQ you may reach her at contact@tattoosbytara.com

10405 Main St, Fairfax VA 22030


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