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
Special discount for military, law enforcement, fire & rescue and public school teachers
Now in its 12th 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
Email: [email protected]
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 led 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. 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)
Examples of Shaun’s Work:
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 artist,nerd, foodie, pokemaster and lover of all things retro. She started her tattooing career at 18 in Illinois. She is versed in multiple styles. Her favorite things to tattoo are Pokémon or any nerdy color tattoos!
Don’t be shy, give Beju a try!
My name’s Shauna, and I am a tattoo artist from Las Vegas, NV. I’ve been tattooing for near 10 yeas now! I enjoy doing many styles of tattooing. I tend to lean more into the colorful side of things. I love tattooing cartoon characters (whether from anime or classics), comic books, stylized portraits, and anything spooky-esc. I am a huge nerd at heart so please bring me all your niche fandom ideas. When I am not tattooing, I enjoy hiking to find caves, exploring abandoned mines, reading, working on my book or drawing. I am a woman of many interests, some may say.
Elva Stefanie began her career tattooing in a small apartment at 21 years old and has gone on to become the owner of an award winning studio, The Blank Slate, in Poughkeepsie, NY. Her unique style and dedicated work ethic has allowed her natural talent to flourish, which has been recognized with numerous awards, many celebrity clientele and a spot on Paramount Network’s Ink Master. She is continuously growing and learning from other well-respected members of the tattoo community, in large part due to a work ethic that has garnered tremendous respect from her peers. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Ancient World Civilizations, among other degrees in the art discipline, Elva Stefanie combines the past, present, and future through her work, with her global clientele that is both trusting and open minded. Her aim is to become a world renowned and influential artist, which would enable her to give back to the community and leave positive blueprint for others to follow.
Examples of Elva’s Work:
Facebook: Elva Stefanie Tattoos
Email: [email protected]
Originally from Los Angeles, tattoo artist Ryan Jenkins has been creating arti since childhood and never stopped. After high school, he attended Otis School of Art and Design and began his tattoo journey in 2007. Now based out of Las Vegas, Ryan has traveled the world tattooing in different countries at numerous events. Thous he is well experienced in many styles, Ryan focuses on black and grey realism and dimensional styled tattoos.
Examples of Ryan’s Work:
Examples of Heathers Work:
Email: j[email protected]
JustBeth is a tattoo artist in southern Wisconsin. She’s a Beth of all trades but specializes in bold bright colors, traditional, illustrative black and gray, and stippling. When she isn’t tattooing, you can find her singing in the cover band Shotgun Jane, biking across Wisconsin, or getting lost in the woods.
Examples of JustBeth’s Work: