The Buffalo Chip is proud to present the Third Annual Tattoo Café at this year’s 2013 Sturgis Rally.
With the combined efforts of Buffalo Chip owner Rod “Woody” Woodruff, marketing director Greg Smith and the world famous Tattoo Artist Shaun Kama of Halloween Tattoos, the Tattoo Café promises to explode with the same excitement you have come to expect from the Chip.
The Tattoo Café will be featuring eight world class Tattoo Artist and one professional piercer. Promoter Shaun Kama is established as not only one of the top Tattoo Artist in the country, but is also an accomplished painter and well known lead in the band “Shaun Kama and the Kings of the Wild Frontier”.
With over 15 years in the entertainment and art industry, Shaun is proud to call the Buffalo Chip his home during the Sturgis rally.
This year, the Tattoo Café will be located at the apex of the round concert arena of the Buffalo Chip. The Tattoo Café has been designed to provide the safest and most sterile tattoo location in Sturgis. This year promises to be a unique opportunity for the tattoo collector to have access to the best art work in the country. This year the Tattoo Café will be offering a full line of official merchandise including men and women’s t-shirts, posters, art prints and playing cards.
As a special bonus for the Buffalo Chip patrons, the Tattoo Café will be giving discounts to military, law enforcement, fire & rescue and public school teachers. We are offering everyone the chance to collect top quality custom work with exceptional pricing.
The Tattoo Café will be in operation from August 2rd to August 11th. We will be open from 1pm to midnight each day of the rally. We strongly suggest that you view the artist work from the links we are providing below. It is a good idea to pre-book with any artist before the rally if possible. It is the philosophy of Shaun and his team that the art they create will last a lifetime, and they put a lifetime of work into every client.
We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Tattoo Café, and “Clean Ink to All”.
Shaun Kama was born in Heidelberg, Germany to two parents that served during the Vietnam War. After moving to Albany, NY in his youth, Shaun’s family spent summers in Great Barrington, MA, where his passion for painting began while studying the works of Norman Rockwell at his original gallery. He later moved to Southern California, attending high school in Huntington Beach, where he was commissioned by friends and students for his talents at logo and skateboard design. At age 16, Shaun started playing in his first band, beginning a lifelong love of music and performing. After finishing school, Shaun moved to Los Angeles in the wake of the glam scene, and joined Hello Disaster, an up-and-coming punk band. With his musical career launched, Shaun set off on a new adventure, beginning his apprenticeship with the World Famous Mark Mahoney at the Original Shamrock Studios. His journey into the arts had just begun.
Tattooing for over 15 years, Shaun has found his niche in the tattoo world. His personal tastes as a tattoo artist lead him to the dark and macabre, which led to his reputation as the king of Halloween Tattoos. Shaun’s work is dark and edgy, with incredible detail and vibrant color. He is also skilled in single needle black and grey work, through working alongside Mark Mahoney and Bob Vessels. His artistic influences include Normal Rockwell, Salvador Dali, Boris Vallejo, Bernie Wrightson, Ralph Steadman and Frank Frazetta. He describes himself as a Jack-of-All-Trades with personalization to the tastes of his clients. Shaun also regularly paints, working in acrylics, oils and watercolors. He can often be found doing a variety of commissioned artworks for his clients, and his paintings can be seen at a variety of art events throughout the year.
Throughout his career, Shaun’s love for music has continued, with Shaun serving as the front man for Living End, Damnation, and his current project, Shaun Kama and the Kings of the Wild Frontier. While tattooing, Shaun is almost always found with a set of headphones on, listening to his trusty iPod. His musical tastes are vast, ranging from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers to Slayer, Otis Redding and Nick Cave to The Highwaymen and Lords of the New Church.
As a regular in the tattoo and horror convention circuit, Shaun has dedicated himself to bringing his art around the country and internationally. He is the driving force and event producer behind the annual Buffalo Chip Tattoo Café in Sturgis, SD. Summer 2013 will be the third successful year of this event. Shaun will be traveling with Black Veil Brides on the 2013 Warped Tour tattooing across the U.S. and Canada.
In addition to permanent tattoos, Shaun has become one of the leading temporary tattoo artists in the industry, working as a primary artist on commercials, print campaigns and music videos. Many celebrity A-listers have worked with or been tattooed by Shaun, including Rihanna, Jamie King, Janet Jackson, Missy Elliot, Nelly, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sinbad, and Bob Hailey. The list continues to grow as Shaun establishes himself as a tattoo artist to the stars.
Shaun Kama is currently sponsored by Eternal Ink, Welker Machines, Critical Power Supply, Inkeeze, Mithra Tattoo Supplies, Torino Tattoo Supplies, Brian Campbell Machines, Electric Soul Machines, Glove 4 the Artist, Coffin Case, as well as Red Monkey Leather. Shaun has also been instrumental in the development of Rocco’s Old School Tattoo Balm, and served as its brand ambassador during its first year in the market.
Shaun is currently or has been a guest artist at these tattoo shops:
- Vintage Tattoo Art Parlor (Los Angeles, CA)
- Pussycat Tattoo Parlor (Las Vegas, NV)
- Shamrock Social Club (W. Hollywood, CA)
- All Hallows Ink (Fullerton, CA)
- Mom’s Tattoo Shop (San Francisco, CA)
- Artifact Tattoo (Santa Clarita, CA)
- Big City Tattoo (San Diego, CA)
- Unbreakable Tattoo (Studio City, CA)
- El Classico Tattoo (Los Angeles, CA)
- XS Tattoo (Montreal, QB)
- Urban Tattoo (Arlington, TX)
- Electric Lotus Tattoo (Oklahoma City, OK)
TATTOO & HORROR CONVENTIONS
- Body Art Expo (Pomona, CA / Phoenix, AZ / San Antonio, TX / San Francisco, CA / Houston, TX / San Diego, CA)
- Annual Buffalo Chip Tattoo Café (Sturgis, SD)
- Rue Morgue Festival of Fear Horror Convention (Toronto, ON)
- Monster Mania Horror Convention (Hunt Valley, MD / Cherry Hill, NJ)
- Texas Frightmare Expo (Dallas, TX)
- South Texas Horror Convention (McAllen, TX)
- Musink Tattoo Expo (Costa Mesa, CA)
- Eternal Tattoo Expo (Detroit, MI)
- Philadelphia Tattoo & Art Expo (Philadelphia, PA)
- Chicago Tattoo & Art Convention (Chicago, IL)
- Gulf Shores Tattoo Invitational (Galveston, TX)
- Lone Star Rally (Galveston, TX)
- Ink Masters Tattoo Invitational (Anaheim, CA)