Your tattoo artist is almost as important as your tattoo itself. Once you’ve decided you want a tattoo, always research your artist first! Whether you choose an artist from Arrows and Embers or not, do your research! Read reviews about the shop AND artist, look at work thoroughly, talk to the artist in person at the studio, and ask as many questions as you need. Be sure you are very comfortable with this person, as you will be in very close quarters with them when the time comes and you are ready for your tattoo.
Sean Ambrose (Owner)
Creativity and focusing on the emotion of each piece has always come pretty naturally to Sean, and while he loves everything he tattoos, his favorite pieces always tell a story. Although his clients give him a lot of artistic liberty because of his experience and expansive portfolio, he’s still helping them tell their stories-he is here for them. No matter how big or small, detailed or simple, he’s in a service industry and finds it extremely fulfilling to be a tattoo artist. Plus, from researching art, to the mechanical components of the tattoo machines themselves, to the science and psychology behind good design, every aspect of tattooing truly satisfies his self-proclaimed ‘geekiness.’
“Tattooing is a very comfortable way for me to connect with people. When I’m tattooing, I feel at home. And it never gets mundane; challenges are always present and growing and changing, and that helps to keep things interesting, too. I especially enjoy the challenges-when I get someone in the shop who isn’t necessarily artistically inclined or someone who says they want a skeleton riding a dishwasher… To anyone else, it sounds crazy. But when I put it through the filters of complementary color schemes, complementary textures, and good composition, all those artsy-fartsy words mean something and it’s about the science of pleasing the human subconscious. When I’m finished they have a piece of art that they’re proud of, that I’m often told looks better than they had imagined, and that’s awesome-there’s nothing more rewarding for me than seeing how happy someone is with their tattoo that we’ve literally created together with our imaginations. I feel honored to do what I do, and I love it. I can’t imagine doing anything else.”
Jason has been tattooing for what seems like an eternity. He began his tattooing career down in Florida but relocated back home to New Hampshire a couple years ago and has been with Arrows and Embers Tattoo ever since. Jay’s style is very versatile and he can tattoo just about anything you throw at him (though he is not take on cover up projects at this time). He is especially drawn to both realism and new school style art and tattoos. No matter what the subject matter is, Jay always does his best to nail it. Both his color and black and grey shading are great, and his linework is killer.
Jason enjoys endless conversations with his clients and listening to music while he conjures up magic spells to keep them entertained during their tattoo sessions, while the faint aroma of fresh incense fills the gallery. (Yes, he came up with that. And yes, he insisted we put it on the website.) Jay’s good-natured and jovial demeanor makes him an integral part of Arrows and Embers, and he can always be counted on for providing comedic relief for nervous first-timers (or second or third-timers! No judgement here)! You’ll often overhear him excitedly (loudly) chatting about a movie he’s recently watched or exclaiming about his newest E-Bay ‘prize’ that is most likely an original G.I. Joe or Castle Grayskull model still unopened or something to the same effect. (What? He’s a collector… Hey, I thought we said no judgement!) What Jason loves most about tattooing is being able to meet so many people from all walks of life and work with them to create things that change their lives for the better.