I cannot say enough good things about this awesome tattoo shop. Suzanne and Andi are amazing as is all the staff. The quality of the tattooing is top notch. Clean, friendly and reasonably priced. I've gone back time and time again.
Great attention to detail! Way to go. If you need an elaborate design go see Primeval Ink!
Amazing work guys!
I took my idea to several tattoo artists from Olympia to Seattle and found that this little shop tucked away on Steamboat Island was the perfect spot.
Primeval Ink is the only shop my family goes to. My father is covered in Suzanne and Andi's beautiful work. I plan to keep that tradition alive with my own skin. I'm off to a good start so far.
Superb work and very fair prices. Painless on the wallet.
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The cleanest, nicest, most gentle tattoo shop I have ever been to!
A local favorite!
I will always remember getting my first tattoo at Primeval Ink. Andi set all my nerves to ease by telling some crazy off the wall stories. It was the best first tattoo experience I could of ever asked for. Great atmosphere, talented artists, and all around good honest people.
Primeval Ink was founded in 1997 by Suzanne Shepherd and Andi Lineweaver. We wanted to create a place with a pleasant atmosphere, where we could not only work, but also feel comfortable and know that our clients felt comfortable and reassured.
We have often heard our clients say that our shop is the cleanest, nicest or most relaxing tattoo shop they have ever been in. We have often said that we are not geniuses. We just really care about the clients. They can tell, and that's what works for us.
Primeval Ink first opened its doors for business in our original location in White Center ("Rat City") in West Seattle. On March first 1997 it was a cold, rainy day, the furnace wasn’t working, but Suzanne and Andi were tattooing … the first tattoo done in our shop was a small heart with a name. We soon became known as "The Ladies". As we lived in the neighborhood, clients would come up to us in the grocery store or the local Mexican restaurant, and want to show off their tattoos. We repaired and covered up a lot of gang tattoos and home-made tattoos and met people from many different nationalities and cultures.
We moved from Seattle to open our shop in Monroe, in November of 2001. We were the first tattoo studio in Monroe that lasted for more than a season. We weren't sure at first how well we would do in a small town like Monroe, but soon were reassured that our decision had been right.
We added a shop when we moved into Olympia to open on April 1st 2005. Olympia is a home-coming for Suzanne who was raised here. April 1st was both a happy day of new beginnings and a sad day because our old faithful dog Cody passed on that same morning.
Most recent was our relocation into the Olympia downtown core, next door to Rainy Day Records, near the YMCA, Fish Tale Brew Pub, and The State Theater, home of Harlequin Productions. Primeval’s new location has added some giant floral features to the murals beautifying downtown, and was featured on the front page of The Olympian Sept 28, 2015. Olympia shop also features free parking which is an unusual bonus for a downtown business.
Suzanne and Andi each work both shops though Andi focusses mostly on Monroe and Suzanne on Olympia. Andi is available both for tattooing and for piercing by appointment. Suzanne is available both for tattooing and for permanent cosmetics mostly in Olympia, and in Monroe by appointment.
Both shops are open most days excepting Sunday from Noon to 8:00 pm, and on some days open at 10:00 a.m.
Andi and Suzanne were trained in the traditional manner by apprenticeship, coming into the business in 1994-1995. Andi came from a 20 year career in social work. Suzanne has a Masters Degree in Social Work. At Primeval Ink, it seems we can combine the best of both worlds.
Dawn has been with us for over 15 years. She likes to open the shop in Monroe at 10:00 a.m. for her early morning appointments. She has developed into a fantastic designer with a truly unique vision.
We are proud to know that Primeval Ink consistently gets great word of mouth which is of course the best kind of advertising there is!