Sam is a self-taught tattoo artist and new resident of Asheville, hailing from Northern California. She has a B.A. in environmental studies and a tremendous soft spot for wild creatures, having worked in both wildlife rehabilitation and veterinary care. She has fondly illustrated plants and animals since she could first grip a pencil, and takes great pleasure in celebrating the natural world through body adornment. She has been tattooing for five years, and has found the profession to be incredibly deep and gratifying. Sam is a proponent of radical body positivity and values consent through every step of the tattooing process. She specializes in delicate lines, dot work and single needle tattoos. She prefers blackwork with the occasional small splash of color.
Sam is only tattooing flash at the moment, and posts designs periodically on her Instagram @abaloone. Email her at email@example.com to arrange an appointment when her books open.
One of the best shops in town. Art quality and attention to detail is top notch. Couldn't be happier with my permanent body art. I would recommend this shop to anyone looking for very high quality black and white work. Also the customer experience was excellent.
— Joshua R.
Zen ink is so wonderful. All of the artists are extremely talented at what they do, easy to book with and super professional. The environment is relaxing and they play good music. I highly recommend this shop!
— Krysten M.