Lark Street Tattoo was established in 1993 and year after year continues to offer the most professional custom tattooing in the Capital District. Located at 278 Lark St. in the eclectic Center Square neighborhood, we specialize in custom tattooing in all styles including cover ups and the modernization of old work. Consultation services are free and we always 100% guarantee our work.
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Lark Street Tattoo proudly hosts several of the most talented, experienced and versatile tattoo artists, as well as featuring guest artists from around the world. Lark Tattoo firmly believes that the overall tattoo experience should be an enjoyable and relaxing one in a friendly and safe environment. We always welcome individuals wishing to check out our studio and encourage visitors to browse the artwork and artist portfolios. Please enjoy your visit at larkstreettattoo.com We know you’ll agree, these are tattoos even your mother will love.
Because tattoo styles and tastes vary, we have a full team of artists ready to create a tattoo that perfectly reflects your exact desires. Check out our team of professional tattoo artists below:
Tom "T-Bone" Martin has been tattooing since 1993. He has a BFA in Sculpture, from Parsons School of Design NYC. He did his apprenticeship with Bruce Bart, Bruce Kaplan and Geeno Mancuso in Tannersville and Albany NY. Says the Bone: “I was an artist from the very beginning of my life. Had an amazing 4 years at Parsons. Tattooing came a little later. I learned how to tattoo in a "street shop", meaning: you've got to be flexible, versatile and willing to listen to the customer. I'm all about customer service and great art. I can take your idea, your dream or rough sketch and form it into a fabulous design on your skin".
Kara is a Capital District native. She started with Lark in 2001 and has been a shining jewel in the crown of Lark Tattoo ever since. She is sought out for her beautiful floral, botanic and animal designs. Art Noveau, realism and decorative motifs are some of the places she draws her inspiration from.
Shelley Darling studied art in high school, and in college, but she was always told it would always be “just a hobby.” When she found tattooing, she immediately realized it was the perfect fit; she could use her love of art and express herself creatively in an actual job. Shelley feels lucky to work with a wide variety of talented artists who have been willing to share ideas and techniques with her while teaching and tattooing her over the years. She loves that tattooing gives her the ability to share art and conversation with clients, and the therapeutic effect it can all have. As a tattooer, Shelley loves to play with colors and see how they interact with each other. Shelley especially enjoys doing tattoo designs that focus on minimal black work and colorful floral designs. When not tattooing, she loves to read, paint, and garden. Her favorite thing is spoiling her two dogs and one cat, who she adores.
A Western New York native, Eric has been tattooing since 2007 and joined us at Lark Street in late 2016. He enjoys doing illustrative, stylized versions of the subject matter in bold, vibrant color. He believes the best tattoos are a healthy collaboration between tattooer and client; as long as it’s a grim reaper.
Natalie’s interest in tattooing came at a young age, and quickly developed into a true dream. After pursuing a degree in abstract painting, she chose to take a path into the tattoo industry has been excited and passionate about the historic tradition since. She especially enjoys traditional Japanese tattoos, black work, and lettering.
When not working, you can find her taking or teaching a yoga class, & smothering her cat with love.
We get a lot of phone calls and emails about general tattoo and piecings inquiries, so feel free to contact us at 518-432-1905 with any questions. Here’s a few that we hear the most:
Your tattoo will take 2-4 weeks to completely heal during this time please gently wash it no more than twice a day using a simple anti bacterial soap. Apply lotion a few times a day to keep it moisturized but do not smother it. It wants to breathe! Mostly, keep it out of the sun, use a 45 or greater SPF. And No swimming for the first 4-5 days.
We strongly recommend you make one. Sometimes depending on how complicated a design you would like it is best to make a consultation to work with an artist and plan out your design.
Yes. To lock in a time or if you want an artist to build you a custom tattoo a $60-$100 deposit is required. This money does go toward the final cost of your tattoo. Deposits are non-refundable so make sure you are all in! You will also lose your deposit if you cancel in less than 24 hours or are a no-show. We are reserving time from our day for you and spending time and brainpower to design you the best tattoo we can so please respect that and communicate with us if there is a problem.