Get Inked by the Experts While at the Best Party Anywhere®!
Looking to get some new ink during the Sturgis Rally? You can find any design you want without even leaving the Chip grounds at the Buffalo Chip’s Tattoo Café!
Café director Shaun Kama is a veteran tattoo artist whose ornate ink patterns have found the skin of celebrities such as Rihanna, Janet Jackson and Jada Pinkett Smith. Kama has organized a tremendously talented crew of artists to do celebrity caliber work on you!
The Tattoo Café is conveniently located in the Buffalo Chip’s main amphitheater to the east of the Roadhouse Deck and at a brand-new second location at the Buffalo Chip’s free-access CrossRoads.
Buffalo Chip Tattoo Café Hours
Aug. 2-10, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Aug. 2-11, 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
If possible please pre-book with artists before the Sturgis Rally.
Special discount for military, law enforcement, fire & rescue and public school teachers
Now in its ninth year, the Buffalo Chip Tattoo Café has established a reputation at the Sturgis Rally as the place to go for awesome artwork in a sanitary environment.
“Our customers know they can get really kick-ass work on site and not have to worry about the variables that can happen when you are in that environment. What we’ve established is a health-coded environment that has well-rounded artists who travel all year long during conventions. A lot are shop owners, including myself.
“We really pay attention to the clients,” he said. “My mentality as an artist is the same as the other artists because I hand-picked them. We like to get to know the client. In the majority of cases you need to know a little bit about them so you can make something that’s unique to them as an individual rather than just a robot piece.”
- Shaun Kama
Buffalo Chip Tattoo Café Director
During its years at the Buffalo Chip, the Tattoo Café has received major recognition including inclusion on the CMT special “Biker Battles.” So don’t miss the chance to get inked by this group of nationally renowned artists! Immortalize your trip to the Best Party Anywhere™ at the Buffalo Chip Tattoo Café!
Meet the Artists
Tattoo Café Director
Examples of his work:
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 projects, Kings of the Wild Frontier and Lords of the Damned. 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 2015 will be the fifth successful year of this event. Shaun also traveled with Black Veil Brides on the 2013 & 2015 Warped Tour, tattooing across the U.S. and Canada.
In addition to permanent tattoos, Shaun has also created temporary tattoos for 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, Electric Soul Machines, Glove 4 the Artist, Coffin Case, Waterloo, Quantum Tattoo Supplies, Inktastic, and Red Monkey Leather.
Shaun is currently or has been a guest artist at these tattoo shops:
- Funny Farm Tattoo (Los Feliz, CA)
- El Clasico Tattoo (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)
- XS Tattoo (Montreal, QB)
- Urban Tattoo (Arlington, TX)
- Electric Lotus Tattoo (Oklahoma City, OK)
TATTOO & HORROR CONVENTIONS
- 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)
- Mad Monster Party Horror Convention (Phoenix, AZ)
- Days of the Dead Horror Convention (Los Angeles, CA)
- Texas Frightmare Expo (Dallas, TX)
- South Texas Horror Convention (McAllen, TX)
- Musink Tattoo Expo (Costa Mesa, CA)
- Eternal Tattoo Expo (Detroit, MI)
- Villain Arts Tattoo & Art Expo (Philadelphia, PA / Chicago, IL)
- Gulf Shores Tattoo Invitational (Galveston, TX)
- Lone Star Rally (Galveston, TX)
- Ink Masters Tattoo Invitational (Anaheim, CA)
- Body Art Expo (Pomona, CA / Phoenix, AZ / San Antonio, TX / San Francisco, CA / Houston, TX / San Diego, CA)
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This is Candice’s (aka Candeeo) first year tattooing at the Tattoo Café, and is the Wild Gypsy Tour’s official tattoo artist!
Candice moved to California in by way of Michigan in 1998. With a strong background of art and design and an obsession for the art of tattooing, she eventually found herself tackling the art-to-skin work herself.
With 8 years of experience, she now works at Yer Cheat’n Heart Tattoo in Gardena, CA. Candice wittily mixes classic American Traditional tattoos with contemporary characteristics to make a unique style of her own. And although Traditional is her favorite style to tattoo, she is skilled in all styles from single needle tattoo, Black & Gray, lettering, Japanese Traditional and cover-up tattoos.
When Candice is not traveling for tattoo conventions and guest spots, you can find her riding her Sportster with her boyfriend or her local Long Beach motorcycle group The Litas. In her down time, she loves to binge watch Netflix and hang with her English Bulldog Daisy, her cat Lou C. Fur, and her parrot Tico.
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Sean is a veteran tattoo artist of 15 years. He is a New Mexico native who now resides in Austin, TX. He began tattooing while he was still serving in the US Army as a Medic. After his Army career, he continued tattooing while traveling the world. His tattooing took him from Philadelphia to the Philippines and back. Sean now enjoys tattooing everything from photo realism to stylized illustrations but his real passion is in reconstructive tattooing for breast cancer survivors.
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Rush specializes in Japanese Traditional, but with a dedication to large, stunning compositions full of life and movement. He is an unofficial student and follower of one of my most admired world class Japanese artists, Shige. Today LF Resident Artist Rush is an award-winning artist that travels the country on the convention circuit, sharpie in hand, laying down world class ink. His eye for detail and meticulous line-work can be seen in his tattoos, also allowing him to switch it up and effortlessly deliver on a Realism or Portrait piece. This is his third year at the Tattoo Cafe.
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Instagram: @randy_janson, @el_rey_tattoo, @el_rey_barbershop
~ Artist, tattooer, painter, bike builder, surfboard shaper, all around handyman. ~
Randy stepped into the early 1990s boom of tattooing, coming from the skateboard industry, where he was the team manager and art director of Gullwing Trucks. Randy had gathered knowledge of tattooing from the Los Angeles black and grey scene in the 1980s. He settled in San Diego, where he has been tattooing for the past 25 years.
Randy has traveled throughout the US and Europe tattooing. Starting his professional career out of Avalon Tattoo (1992-2004), a street-custom shop in the beach area. Here he honed his craft for tattooing, becoming skilled at portraits, Asian, color, new school, tribal, bio, and traditional styles of tattooing. If tattooing wasn't enough, Randy spent a lot of his free time painting and showing fine art on a regular basis. After 12 years at Avalon, he went out on his own and opened Inu Tattoo (2004-2008), a one man shop. On his own Randy had more time to work on building and restoring vintage custom motorcycles. From Inu, Randy then created the first tattoo, barber and coffee shop, all under one roof; Two Roses (2008-2013).
Missing the excitement of skateboarding, Randy took up shaping surfboards. Breaking away from his Two Roses partnership, Randy created his best shop ever, El Rey Tattoo & Barber (2013-present). A completely custom shop, decorated with giant tattoo-designs spray canned on the walls, showcasing motorcycles, surfboards, and vintage skateboards, all created by Randy. Randy spends his free time working on his custom surf safari truck and exploring Mexico and the US.
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The Diabolical Doctor SeVen hails from New York City. He specializes in geometric, traditional and macabre black and grey tattoos.
Beju is a Wisconsin-based tattoo artist and the resident artist at Tattoo Obscura. She started her tattooing career in 2008 at age 18, and has been at it ever since. She is versed in multiple styles, but her favorite things to tattoo are animated nerdy color tattoos with a dash of realism thrown in the mix. She is a nerd foodie pokemaster and lover of all things retro. Her hobbies include eating, gaming, playing guitar and singing really loud in the shower. Don't be shy, give Beju a try.
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Vicky Coleman is a tattoo artist working in Los Angeles, California for over 14 years at Yer Cheat'n Heart Tattoo. She has over 18 years experience and started her career in Atlanta, Georgia. Vicky offers a wide variety of tattoo styles. She specializes in traditional, pet portraits and botanical, but enjoys doing just about any style. Her tattoos can feature bold lines, fine lines, or realistic shading without outlines.
Examples of Vicky’s Work:
James J. Peterson
James J. Peterson knows that when he takes on a project, he knows it’s for life. His internal ethics guarantee quality and the best possible tattoo.
Victoria has been tattooing, riding motorcycles and rescuing dogs for close to 20 years and still loves it!
What tattoos do you have or would you like to get while at the Best Party Anywhere? Tell us in the comments below!
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