Owl portrait tattoo by artist, Andy Pho

Tattoos always have some back end story, and this owl tattoo is no different. Whether it’s the significance of it’s meaning, its relativity to its roll in nature, there’s always a reason why people adore them. For the Greeks, the owl is sacred to the goddess of learning and Athena even depicted an owl on some Greco-Roman currency as a symbol of status, intelligence and of course, wealth.

In ancient Egyptian, Celtic, and Hindu cultures the symbolic meaning of owl revolved around guardianship of the underworlds, and a protection of the dead. In other cultures it has also gained a grim reputation for being the ruler of the night and seer of souls. Thus creating the morbid misunderstanding that it had negative associations with death.

Needless to say, the owl is a powerful creature both in form and function, but also from an artistic perspective. The depth and detail that comes from its natural make up gives the artist a challenging subject which can end up in a magnificent piece as seen in this completed work by Andy Pho.



Black & Grey Tattoo sleeve by Fernie Andrade

Las Vegas has absolutely no shortage of tattoo artists, or tattoo shops. With hundreds of tattooists to choose from, there’s a huge selection of faces and places to choose from but we’re proud to staff some of the best artists in town. The creative geniuses on our staff deliver tattoos that are bar none some of the best not only in Vegas – but in the world – and the proof is in their portfolios.

The tattoo above, was done by resident SDT artist Fernie Andrade, and his work is some of the most sought after in the game. Typical booked months out, it is advised that you book far in advance and it comes as no surprise that his list continually gets longer. Fernie’s attention to detail and ability to seamlessly merge multiple images, makes him a world class artist and we’re proud to have him as part of the SDT Family.

If you would like to view more of his work then please visit his portfolio by clicking here.



The tattoo gallery of artist Andy Pho has been updated. Click here to see more of his work.

Artists shouldn’t be gauged by the length of time they’ve been practiced. Instead, they should be gauged by how much they’ve progressed. Thus is the case with Andy Pho, with only four years under his belt, Andy has developed a skill set which rivals those decades into the game. In turn he has also created a portfolio of art and tattoos which has amassed him a comprehensive local following of tattoo collectors from Las Vegas – as well as all throughout North America.

Trained by Robert Pho, Andy moved to Las Vegas after completing formal art school training back in NY. It was there he  practiced a multidisciplinary curriculum which included sculpting, painting, and drawing in both charcoal and pencil mediums. In his younger years, he found himself constantly drawing – while struggling with dead end jobs – and that’s when his passion would finally come to fruition.  After a few years, he decided to formulate a way to make art into his livelihood and that’s when his brother, Robert, said, “If you move out here, I’ll train you.” Needless to say, it was a few weeks later and Andy was packed and ready to relocate to Las Vegas, NV, and the rest is history in the making.

While he likes to specialize in the weird and quirky, Andy has quickly established himself as a tattoo artist known for his animal portraits. His attention to detail in each of his pieces has created tattoos which are life-like and compelling.  While he’s no stranger to any medium (whether it be black and gray tattoos or color pieces) he does admit that it’s the aforementioned “weird and quirky” pieces that stimulate his brain.

When asked about what he loves most about tattoos, his response was an unwavering truth, “I love tattoos because it’s a patience process. You simply can’t get it all in one shot and in the end, the client has to sacrifice comfort to get the ultimate pleasure. In short, there is no other art that is as personal or permanent.” He further adds, “When it comes to art, it’s one thing to have someone trust  you with their walls to hang art, but it’s a whole other responsibility and honor to have them trust you with their skin.”


If you live in the Las Vegas area be sure to tune into Channel 13 Action News. Tonight there will be a special segment featuring the gorgeous Megan Telles, as she interviews Anthony on his decision to get a tattoo of Manny Pacquiao.


Anthony and Megan Telle


Lights. Camera. Lounge.


Anthony takes the mandatory selfie at the Channel 13 Action News HQ.


Tattoos are a form of artistic self-expression but there comes a time when opinions and factors change what we want to show. Whether it’s a break up, an old or faded tattoo, or something as simple as a tattoo, which expressed former values – which has since changed – we can help.


 Before & After: This was after 5 sessions with our Quanta-C machine

The development of laser technology, and machines such as the remarkable Quanta C, has now given us the ability to help you remove unwanted tattoos. Through a series of treatments with a qualified Laser Certified Technician, the professionals at Skin Design Tattoo can help.


 Before & After: This was after 5 sessions with our Quanta-C machine

With the cleanest and most sterile environment, Skin Design provides free consultations, which will go over the entire procedure and what to expect.

Here are some factors which will determine how fast and effective your treatments will be:

  • The color of the ink
    • Different colored inks react differently to laser removal. The easiest colors to remove are black and grey, but certain colors may need more sessions.
  • The type of ink used
    • Professional tattoos are much easer to remove than amateur tattoos and tattoos received in prison. The difference is in the ink used and we understand all ink types
  • The size of the tattoo you want to remove
    • The size of the tattoo will also determine how many sessions will be required. Obviously pain tolerance plays a key factor in the removal of tattoos.
  • Age of the tattoo
    • Older tattoos can sometimes be stubborn and much difficult to remove. This is where our certified experts can examine your skin as well as the age of the tattoo.
  • Skin type
    • Skin types definitely play an integral part in the removal process. Some skin may blister, whereas other types will heal faster. We can also examine this in person.
  • Location
    • Location of the tattoo also plays a key role in how long it will take to remove a tattoo as well as how long of a session a patient can endure due to pain tolerance.