About Awen.

I’ve been tattooing in the Twin Cities since 1993, creating custom designed tattoos in a variety of styles. In 2001 I opened Art With a Point Custom Tattoo Studio in Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood where I continue to work today.

While I began my career in a high production studio environment, I’ve learned over the years that honoring Creativity means providing space for the process to grow and evolve.  I work by appointment creating primarily large scale pieces, each requiring multiple sessions. I also enjoy bringing moderately sized pieces that can be completed in one session to life.

Tattooing calls forth a unique collaboration of interests because while the tattoos I create are carried through the world by each client as a personalized expression of their own life experience, each tattoo is also a living embodiment of my art. I want to be fully dedicated to each piece I choose to create, so if I’m not feeling a connection to a particular piece or a particular style, I’ll direct you to an artist better suited for the work. Check out my portfolio, Instagram or Facebook pages to see a sampling of pieces and styles I’ve created.

Creativity also seeks a complimentary match between artist and client. If you contact me, I’ll learn more about you as we begin to talk. A little on me… things I enjoy in addition to tattooing include spending time in Minnesota’s north woods, coffee, Minneapolis’ music scene, unconventional art, coffee, nerd culture, living an authentic life, kindness, stretching beyond comfort zones, wildlife, road trips with my family, the wisdom of RuPaul, puppy breath, power tools, distance running (a notable manifestation of the aforementioned “stretching beyond comfort zones”), and scruffy looking nerfherders. Especially the parts about living an authentic life, kindness and a embodying a willingness to stretch. And scruffy looking nerfherders. And coffee.

If you’d like to talk in more detail, contact me with a tattoo inquiry or appointment request. Thanks for stopping by!

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Professional Credits.

  • ‘111 Places in the Twin Cities That you Must Not Miss”, Elizabeth Foy Larsen
    December 2017
  • 2017 Best Tattoo Artists in Minneapolis Top 20
  • Professional Member of the Alliance of Professional Tattooists (APT)
    2000 to present
  • Certified in “Prevention of Disease Transmission” through the Alliance of Professional Tattooists (APT)
    2000 to present
  • State Representative for MN: Alliance of Professional Tattooists (APT)
    2006 to present
  • Certified as “Master Tattooist”, Alliance of Professional Tattooists (APT)
    2005
  • Professional Member of the National Tattoo Association
    1999 to present

Published Work:

Presentations:

  • History of Hip series: “A Brief History of Tattooing”, MN History Center and Dr. John Troyer of the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath, England
    January 2011
  • “A Constant in History, the Memorial Tattoo”, with Dr. John Troyer of the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath, England.
    July 2009

Film Photography Work:

  • The Cohen Brothers’ “The Naked Man”
    1998
  • “With or Without You” Awarded the DL Maybury award
    1998

Still Photography Work:

  • Victory Motorcycle’s “Flaming Head”
    2003 Ad Campaign
  • Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s “Safe and Sober” safe driving campaign
    1999

Cover Illustration Work: