717 Tattoo Guest Artists

Guest Tattoo Artists at 717 Tattoo

Alex Pea – May 11-16th 2015

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We’re excited to have our good friend Alex Pea, of Evolution Tattoo Studio (Fairless Hills, PA) back to 717 Tattoo & Body Piercing – Mechanicsburg May 11-13.


Alex will be a guest artist May 11-16th 2015 at our Mechanicsburg location

Sonya Grenell – April 24-26th 2015

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We’re pleased to welcome guest artist Sonya Grenell of Lighttouch Tattoo (Big Rapids, Michigan) to our Harrisburg studio April 24-26.
Sonya is a super talented artist (and all around sweet lady) who is really looking forward to leaving behind some awesome artwork on her first guest spot in the Central Pennsylvania area.


Sonya will be a guest artist April 24-26th 2015 at our Harrisburg location

Alli Baker – February 16-17th 2015

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717 Tattoo: What year did you start tattooing?
Alli Baker: I started tattooing and became licensed in 2004.

717 Tattoo: What made you want to get into tattooing?
Alli Baker: I knew that I wanted to be an artist and that I wanted to surround myself with art, but I also knew that I did not want to work in a 9-5 setting. I wanted the ability to do my own thing, have fun and further develop my artistic ability. I had many friends suggest the idea of pursuing a career in tattoo, so I gave it a shot. I gathered my portfolio, walked into a shop and was hired on the spot, since then I have worked hard and never looked back! Before I found the world of tattoo, I was a bored and angry kid, my career and love of art has given me the focus and drive I needed in my life to become a success.

717 Tattoo: What is your favorite part about tattooing?
Alli Baker: My favorite part about being a tattoo artist is the continued education of my craft and the ever present need for new and creative approaches to the technique and content of my pieces. I am a very competitive with myself as an artist and enjoy setting and achieving new goals and expectations with my artistic style. I love all things related to the artistic world, but tattoo will always be my favorite medium.
Skin is the most challenging, unforgiving and intimate medium an artist could work on. You get to meet such a wide variety of clients, by working closely with the client, listening to their story that brought them to me and their ideas, I am left with the most rewarding experience of all making a timeless piece of art that is personal to the client.

717 Tattoo: What is the strangest tattoo you’ve ever done?
Alli Baker: You get a bunch of strange requests for sure! Too many to really even go into! I will say this though, if someone comes up to the booth with a teeny tiny folded piece of paper…chances are it’s gonna be something veeeery interesting that they’ve chosen to write down, instead of saying out loud

717 Tattoo: Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
Alli Baker: In 5 years, I hope to be enjoying furthered/continued success. It is my goal to have more international travel and connections in the art world.
I love that so much of being a tattoo artist is continued education and am excited to see all of the evolving styles and techniques that will occur over the next 5 years.
I just opened my own private appointments only studio in Austin, Texas, and am looking forward to expanding and perfecting my studio.

717 Tattoo: Do you want to build a clientele here?
Alli Baker: I am currently touring the US and I have many conventions and guest spots on the East coast, this is my second time at 717 Tattoo and I absolutely love the people of Harrisburg and look forward to seeing more familiar faces when I return and am on the road!

717 Tattoo: What would you describe your style as?
Alli Baker: I am known most for my bold and vibrant color work and custom colors, I would say it’s a bit of a neo-traditional foundation with anatomical aspects and a graceful nouveau flair.

717 Tattoo: Is there anything else you would like to add? Or that you would like people to know about you?
Alli Baker: I am currently touring the US with Villain Arts, Ink Life and United Ink. Something that is unique to my tattoos/schedule is that we handle all of my booking and tour through my website, AlliBakerTattoo.com
You can find new artwork/jewelry, an ever updating tattoo portfolio, new tour dates and book for any city or even at my personal studio in Austin, Texas. Book online today and you will hear back from me or my assistant about your tattoo application!


Alli will be a guest artist February 16-17th 2015 at our Harrisburg location

Matt Stolzenburg – February 11, 2015

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Interview with Matt Stolzenburg

717: What year did you start tattooing?
Matt: I started tattooing in late 2009, early 2010.

717: What made you want to get into tattooing? What sparked it? What is your story?
Matt: I’ve always enjoyed being tattooed since a pretty early age and I’ve painted and drawn since I was a little little kid. Eventually I decided that perhaps tattooing would be a medium I’d like to attempt. The history attracted me, the subculture, etc.

717: What is your favorite part about tattooing?
Matt: My favorite part about tattooing is traveling to different states and different shops and tattooing clientele I’ve never worked with before. It’s an amazingly flattering thing that people, this far away from me, may want my drawings, my expression, permanently a part of them.

717: What is the strangest tattoo you’ve ever done?
Matt: I’ve done a lot of tattoos on dicks. They’re always lame, but some sort of hilarious, and there are so few tattooers that will do that kind of work. I don’t mind for whatever reason.

717: What do you like to do when you’re not tattooing?
Matt: When I’m not tattooing, I’m hanging out with my awesome daughter, and painting usually. I do lots of reading, I sleep very little. I also like gambling, but I try to do that as little as possible haha.

717: Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
Matt: In five years Id like to own my own shop with my friends, sort of like a collective, I’d like to be booked pretty far in advance.

717: Do you want to build a clientele here?
Matt: I’d love to build a clientele here! I’d love to build clientele everywhere!

717: What would you describe your style as?
Matt: My style could probably be described as a developing neo-traditional. I’m constantly trying to out do myself, grow, learn something new, so I don’t know that I’d want a static label.


Matt will be a guest artist February 11, 2015 at our Mechanicsburg location

Frankie Mejia – February 10-11, 2015

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Interview with Frankie Mejia

717: What year did you start tattooing?
Frankie: I came out of GENUINE ELECTRIC TATTOO in the San Fernando Valley in 2008.

717: What made you want to get into tattooing? What sparked it? What is your story?
Frankie: Frankie: I’ve always been into drawing… It’s really the only thing that makes me happy. When I first saw my dad come home with a Yosemite Sam tattoo I thought it was the coolest thing ever to have pictures on you and about 7 years ago I found my mentor, quit my job and jumped head first into tattooing… I’ve never been happier, I have the best job in the world.

717: What is your favorite part about tattooing?
Frankie: Tattooing. Period. Nothing beats it.

717: What is the strangest tattoo you’ve ever done?
Frankie: A wolf bursting out of a penguin.

717: What do you like to do when you’re not tattooing?
Frankie: I draw a lot… A whole lot… And I watch batman the animated series… Or record shopping.

717: Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
Frankie: Still tattooing…. Maybe traveling a lot more too.

717: Do you want to build a clientele here?
Frankie: Sure I’d love to… I love my friends at 717 and would love to come back more often.

717: What would you describe your style as?
Frankie: Traditional… But I try to refine my drawings and I use several different colors… But no more than 5 at a time…

717: Is there anything else you would like to add? Or that you would like people to know about you?
I take my job seriously… And I don’t put up with prima donna bullshit….Come into the shop with respect for everyone there and you will be treated with respect… Then we can all have a good time.


Frankie will be a guest artist February 10-11, 2015 at our Harrisburg location

Ken Kile – January 30-31, 2015

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Interview with Ken Kile

717: What year did you start tattooing?
Ken: 2008.

717: What made you want to get into tattooing? What sparked it? What is your story?
Ken: I’ve always been an artist, but was not sure what direction I wanted to go with it. I definitely knew I wanted to pursue a career in art. After a short stint in art school, I bounced around for a few years. I had drawn some tattoos for friends who would in turn take them to a tattoo artist to have them tattooed. I went and got tattooed by the same artist a few times, and we got to talking about an apprenticeship… So that’s how I got my start.

717: What is your favorite part about tattooing?
Ken: That there are so many great artists doing great work. It is very humbling and motivating to see some of the great stuff other tattoo artists are putting out on a daily basis.

717: What is the strangest tattoo you’ve ever done?
Ken: A memorial portrait of a deceased grandparent on the client’s ass cheek. I don’t ask questions anymore.

717: What do you like to do when you’re not tattooing?
Ken: Paint, exercise, read, spend time with my family, find new music etc etc.

717: Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
Ken: Tattooing, in good health, and content

717: Do you want to build a clientele here?
Ken: I am from the area and have tattooed in the area for a few years already, but I am always looking to meet and work with new clients

717: What would you describe your style as?
Ken: I am comfortable in almost any style, but my main focus would be black and grey portrait work and realism.


Ken will be a guest artist January 30-31, 2015 at our Harrisburg location