WELCOME HOME CO-OWNERS & PRINCIPAL ARTISTS
Tea Leigh is a queer tattooer that has been living in Brooklyn for the past 7 years. With a background in music, installation art, photography and postpartum healing as a doula, Tea now concentrates on and hand poked tattooing and story telling.
Having been a tattooer for 4 years, Tea finds magic through their conversations with their clients. They focus on working with clients to help reclaim their bodies from trauma, body dysmorphia, and the male gaze. The next step to their career is working with the trauma surrounding childhood and young adulthood as well as death. (and possibly a podcast?)
Their hopes is that through story telling, tattooing,and community they can create a positive light around trauma, queerness, gender and death.
Kelli Kikcio grew up in central Canada and has always favored working with her hands. In 2012, Kelli received a BDes in Fashion Design at Ryerson University and began working in menswear as a designer and production manager, later co-founding Boneset Studio, a bespoke design firm. In 2014, Kelli began pursuing machine-free tattooing both as an art form and a means to regain a sense of self-autonomy. As a tattooer, Kelli appreciates both the intimate interactions with her clients and the opportunity to positively contribute to their sense of self and body reclamation. Outside of tattooing, Kelli continues her interdisciplinary practice in garment design/construction, hand embroidery, illustration, and floral preservation.
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Krista Morgenson grew up in Nebraska as the daughter of two horticulturalists. From a young age, her self taught art practice was inspired by the natural world, drawing the plants, fungi, and creatures that she encountered on hikes and camping trips, as well as in her parents gardens. She considers experience and observation to be a crucial element to her practice and maintains a deeply instilled wonder of wild places and spirits. Also trained extensively in contemporary dance, Krista continues to perform consistently in New York City as a professional dancer. Her dance practice has been highly influential in her approach to tattooing, as she is fascinated by taking a muscular and physical approach and tie to placing illustrations to skin. She is in fact part moth and part girl, come into the fungal jungle.
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Michelle has always had an avid interest in depicting the floral landscape surrounding her. Keeping a sketchbook at hand served as a tool to stay grounded within herself as she collected all her illustrative explorations in a bound safe space. Michelle sought degrees in both Children’s Literature and Feminist Literature in order to explore further the correspondence between images and literary texts. She started surrounding herself with a community of artists in Miami and this inspired her to expand her means of expression to the art of tattooing. Michelle then decided to relocate to Brooklyn where she collaborates with clients in the hopes of giving them the opportunity to personalize their stories mostly through organic flora and fauna and let it take root in a tangible and metaphorical way.
See Michelle's work here
EVAN PAUL ENGLISH
Evan Paul English is an interdisciplinary artist, born and raised in Meridian, Idaho. He received his BFA from University of Arizona, earned his MFA from Pratt Institute in 2016, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Evan's work uses a range of media to explore the duality between public and private identity, often utilizing decorative arts to subvert gender stereotypes through a queer lens. He has been tattooing since 2016 and his work is exhibited internationally.
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All of our resident artists are licensed tattoo artists with the New York State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.