Las Vegas has always been known for the glitz, the glamour and its insane night life, but they’ve also become famous for fine cuisine, world class resorts and now it can include tattoos.

Skin Design Tattoo has become the leading purveyor of the fine art tattoos in the Las Vegas area. Aside from their stunning work, their attention to detail is evident in everything from the products they carry, the artists they employ all the way to the way they designed their HQ.

With a 4,000 sq. ft. state of the art facility, Skin Design Tattoo wanted to make sure that the Vegas experience doesn’t end at the Strip. Located just a few minutes from the infamous Strip, Skin Design has become a global icon housing some of the best black and grey tattoo artists in the game.


So if you’re looking for portraits, landscapes, memorial tattoos – or even laser tattoo removal – then stop on by and see what we’re all about. With over 50 years of collective experience, our staff is geared at providing the ultimate tattoo experience and all consultations are free so stop on by.



Joan Sebastian tattoo by Fernie Andrade. 

This memorial tattoo of Joan Sebastian was done by Las Vegas tattoo artist, Mr. Andrade. Mr. Sebastian was the fabled Mexican singer/songwriter who rose from the ranks of a poverty-stricken childhood in Mexico, and became one of the most recorded, acclaimed and best selling acts in Mexico.

Aside from being a musician, Joan Sebastian was an accomplished producer, actor on both television and film but set all those aside and he was known as being one of the best entertainers of our time. Some of his accomplishments include insane Billboard charts, up until his passing.

He charted 10 top 10 sets on Top Latin Albums, including two No. 1s: En Vivo: Desde La Plaza El Progreso De Guadalajara (2001) and 13 Celebrando El 13 (2013), his last studio album.



SDT Family, Lee Happs, takes home Runner Up in Best Portrait Category for his Kris Kristofferson tattoo.
Just a few weeks ago, SDT Family Lee Happs entered one of the larger tattoo shows in UK. That show, called Tattoo Freeze, is presented by Skin Deep Magazine and out of 100’s of entries, Lee was awarded Runner Up in the category for Best Portrait.
The tattoo he showed was done by Las Vegas tattoo artist, Fernie Andrade, and the very detailed tattoo is of legendary actor Kris Kristofferson and the rig he drove in the movie Convoy.

 Convoy Movie Trailer. 
Lee will be back this year to do some additional work so we’ll keep you posted on any new updates and a big thanks and pat on the back goes out to Lee as well as Skin Deep Magazine for recognizing his art work.



Another banger from tattoo artist Fernie Andrade

Here’s another tatt that’s in the works by Fernie. If you’re in or around the area be sure to stop by and check out the shop as well as all the other amazing artists on deck. We’ll have updated pictures of this incredible piece of work, and as always, thanks for stopping by the site. Stay tuned for more updates as well as some fresh editorial that’ll be dropping on some of our amazing artists.



Keith Richards tattoo by Fernie Andrade

The latest tattoo by artist Fernie Andrade is heavy. The detail, the texture, the shading and the overall image is a powerful one which pays homage to the legendary Keith Richards.

This tattoo also serves as testament to Fernie Andrade’s skills with the tattoo machine. In addition, this significant piece is sure to become even more incredible once it’s healed. The photo above was taken right after the tattoo was done but we’ll have updated photos once it’s all healed up so you can see the difference.


The inspiration for this tattoo was based off of a animation/ cartoon drawing done by artist Tiago Hoisel. The artist, who was born in Brazil, has created some amazing caricatures of famous and non-famous people and characters and his work is simply incredible. To see more of his work click here, and to see more from tattooist Fernie Andrade you can click here.

About Keith Richards:

The English born musician, actor, songwriter and original member of The Rolling Stones, is simply legendary. Rolling Stone Magazine credits him as “rock’s greatest single body of riffs” on guitar and ranked him 4th on its list of 100 best guitarists. Fourteen of the songs that Richards wrote with the Rolling Stones’ lead vocalist Mick Jagger are listed among Rolling Stone magazine’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.






John Candy as “Uncle Buck” tattoo by Fernie Andrade. 

To honor an actor or comedian with a tattoo is the ultimate form of loyalty, and this is exactly what one of our clients did when they decided to pay tribute to comedian John Candy. This tattoo here was inspired by the movie “Uncle Buck”.

In this movie, John Candy stars in this John Hughes comedy as an idle, good-natured bachelor who’s left in charge of his nephew and nieces during a family crisis. Unaccustomed to suburban life, fun-loving Uncle Buck soon charms his younger relatives Miles and Maizy with his hefty cooking and his new way of doing the laundry. But his carefree style doesn’t impress everyone, including Tia (Jean Kelly), his rebellious teenage niece, and Chanice (Amy Madigan), his impatient girlfriend. Uncle Buck is the last person you’d think of to watch the kids. But with a little luck and a lot of love, he manages to surprise everyone in this heartwarming family comedy.



Baby portrait tattoo.

 After seeing the latest work from black and grey tattoo artist Andy Pho, it’s safe to say that excellence runs in the family. This latest baby portrait tattoo was done on a client (@barberdeef) just yesterday, and he flew in all the way from Ireland.

Take a close look at the details and the shading and it becomes pretty evident that Andy’s finesse and attention to detail is outrageously accurate. To tattoo a portrait of a loved one is a very sentimental experience and we’re glad to have been a part of this occasion. This also marks the second tattoo from two clients who flew in from Ireland to watch the UFC fight go down. 

If you’re looking for the best portrait tattoos in color or black and grey then be sure to stop on by Skin Design. We’re located a few miles from the Las Vegas strip and we’re open 7 days a week. 




We’re pleased – and honored – to announce that Fernie Andrade and Robert Pho have joined the H2Ocean Pro Team!


This art, this culture, saved me. Literally.

Many moons ago, I went on a “vacation” only to come out with a skill set that I was passionate about. That skill set was tattooing. Since then it’s become my life. Aside from my family, the love I have for this art comes second to none and I respect it not only as an art, but as a lifestyle as well as a tradition.

With that said, I’m a difficult one to please. I’m my biggest competitor, and I strive to achieve nothing less than perfection. I expect the best from myself, as well as those around me, and of course that pursuit comes with plenty of personal doubt and times spent questioning my abilities. Then again, I think that’s what happens to anyone who’s passionate about what they do. But in the end, all I can do is hone my craft and try my best.

Along those same lines, I also believe in aligning myself with the best in the business. I don’t jump on the latest trends, and I don’t cosign what’s popular. For me, I like to align myself with brands, companies and individuals that I believe in. I need to believe in my heart that these entities are representing – or servicing – the art for the better and that brings me to my next subject: H2Ocean.


Just a part of the H2Ocean product line. 

If my memory serves me correct, I was first introduced to their brand back in 2003. It seemed like a promising product, but as with anything new you gotta try it out, so I did. A few years later I was still buying their products, but this time around my rep approached me and asked me to join a new program they had called, the “Pro Team”. Now I’ll be the first to admit that I had my hesitations – H2Ocean was still in its infancy, but it had a good product – but as I said earlier, I’m not one to just jump on what’s new and trending.  Needless to say, as the years have passed, I’ve carried their products religiously and the bottom line is they work, and they work well. In addition, H2Ocean was no fly by night company resting on hype, and looking to make a quick buck. Since then they’ve gone on to become a benchmark in the aftercare category. As for the offer to join the Pro Team, well it seemed to have gotten overshadowed by daily life, work and building up Skin Design.



Fernie Andrade, Eddie Kolos & Myself. 


Fast forward to 2015, and as fate would have it, I ran into the H20 Family this past weekend at the BTSOE. It was good to reconnect with reps, both old and new, and I also had a chance to meet and greet with Eddie Kolos – the owner. It was good to meet the man behind the brand, then to my surprise, a few days later, they dropped by the shop, and after a giving them a tour and some good conversation, Eddie once again extended the invitation to join their Pro Team to both Fernie and I. He basically said, “It’s time”, and needless to say, both Fernie and I were honored and happy to join.

Now as a I write this blog post, I think back to 2003 and all I can say is that H2Ocean has come a long way. They’ve stood the test of time, provided quality products, and they’re testament to the fact that hard work does pay off.

In closing, I’d just like to thank Eddie for offering the invitation to us while extending a warm congratulations to him and his team on their continued success. It’s good to see H20cean evolve into what it has become today, and we’d like to thank you once again for keeping us in mind. We’re both honored and humbled to take part of your team.



H2OCEAN specializes in developing natural products for safe and effective healing without using harmful chemicals. Their patent on sea salt and water allows us them the exclusivity to bottle the natural healing powers of the ocean – thus the name. Safe for all ages, skin types and diabetics, their products have no side effects and are nonaddicting. Sold in more than 13,000 retail locations throughout U. S. and International markets, they’re the First in First Aid. 




This past weeeknd, BTSOE had one vendor that really impressed me. Who was it? Read up and find out.

What will you leave your family when you pass? Memories? Pictures? Perhaps a video montage? Well Save My Ink now gives people a chance for members to leave a piece art, while leaving a piece of them  – literally.

Art is as much about creation, as it is about preservation. Regardless of the discipline of art you practice or collect, there will always be those who create it, those who collect it, and those who spread the history. In the same breath,it is that word which will soon be passed from one generation to the next, and in turn it becomes the chronicles of our culture and a part of history.


With that said, the culture of tattoos is no different. Each day that passes, there is an untold story waiting to be shared, and so long as it is accurately told and represented, then the future artisans of the world will have a better idea as to how our art came to be.

While historians aim to educate and inform, collectors on the other hand, keep in their possessions the artifacts of time. We have the ancient ruins in which art is scribed in stone, and when it comes to art on paper or canvas, we have those who keep them in their private collections and museums who keep them in their galleries. But when you stop to think about the medium of tattoos, it’s an art form which typically dies with us simply because it’s on our skin – till now.


The gents over at Save My Ink have created  an ingenious way to preserve our tattoos and they have now given us the ability to share not only a piece of art, but a piece of ourselves, which in turn can be passed on from one generation to the next. Consider it an art, a moment frozen in time, but we consider it something much more powerful: A legacy.

Though some may be appalled, or a little disturbed by the service, it is a gift of personal treasures – literally. In essence, getting one of your tattoos framed and preserved is much more visual, and much more personal than having the ashes of your loved one contained in an urn, and it’s a gift that provides a visual reminder of a piece of art which once adorned your loved ones body.


When I first heard about this service, this past weekend at BTSOE, we were impressed. It’s an incredible service of preservation, and in all honesty, it’s the most sacred gift one can give to loved ones and not only a memoriam of art – but soul.

In a statement, they said, “We want to provide resources and support [our members] may not otherwise have access to,” Charles Hamm, NAPSA executive director and chairman of the group’s board, said in the news release, which references a 2012 Harris Interactive poll that suggests one in five American adults has at least one tattoo, a 14 percent increase from the Nielsen group’s 2008 survey.

According to the release, removing a tattoo from one of its member’s deceased bodies involves “a chemical and enzymatic process that permanently alters the chemical structure, thus permanently fixing it against decomposition (while preserving the integrity of the art).” The group said the final product isn’t classified as tissue and isn’t toxic.They further added, “This process rejuvenates the art and brings it back to essentially its original look”.

I’m glad to have met the gents over at Save My Ink and I can’t thank them enough for giving me a personal tour of their gallery. The experience was uplifting, mesmerizing and I wish them nothing but the best in their endeavor. To have someone think outside the box and give us the ability to give a gift that keeps on giving, is priceless and I encourage all of you to check them out. You can visit their official sit by clicking here.


The tattoo removal process begins within 18 hours of a member passing, whereby the designated beneficiary alerts NAPSA. From there, NAPSA sends paperwork and a package with the removal kit to the member’s funeral home overnight. Within 60 hours, a mortician that agrees to participate follows provided instructions to remove the tattoo, placing it in a nontoxic, temporary preservation compound, and returns it to the NAPSA. The organization then preserves the art and sends it to the beneficiary, who receives a certificate for his or her participation, within six months.



“A customer once told us that the best place to get a tattoo in Las Vegas, was in L.A.”

…and that left us baffled.

When we heard our customer tell us that, we were puzzled. I mean, this is a customer whom we considered family, and he’s the same person who left us a Yelp review saying that were the best shop in Vegas which is why he’d been coming here for the past six years!

So as we stood there in silence, the customer started laughing hysterically and while we all giggled in discomfort, he said, “Let me explain.”

In short, our customer, a low key exec who lives in Los Angeles, told us that getting tattooed was all he thought about while he was running his business. He said that the thought of getting new ink left him ecstatic. “It was a stress reliever, it helped me get my mind off of work” says James. He also mentioned that as his scheduled dates approached, the sleepless nights and excitement filled him with a joyful anxiety – up until he got here to Vegas.

So we asked him why getting the tattoo here in Vegas was such a problem, and he said that it was because of the shift in his mindset. He went on to explain that the his mindset changed the minute he left Los Angeles, and that while he enjoyed the ritual of getting ink done, he was then too busy worrying about how his business was running back in L.A.


Managing this many people could cause anxiety. 

He added, “Once I get to Vegas, the calls, the texts and the emails don’t stop pouring in from my staff.” He then added, “It’s weird how everything changes but I still truly do enjoy the experience. I just wish I could stop worrying about work.”

To that, we said that we could help him, and when he asked how, we simply replied, “Shut off your phone.” So after a good chuckle, his phone started pouring in with calls and emails and soon thereafter he ended up doing exactly that. He shut off his phone.


How could a guy that lives like this ever be stressed about work? Lol.

So why are we sharing this story with you? Well, we’re just sharing this story because of the humor and the truth behind it. Getting tattooed is an experience (a ritual for some) that should be enjoyed and truly experienced. We soon realized that many of the other entrepreneurs that get tatted here share the same experience and the sad fact of the matter is that many are absorbed with the daily grind.

So in short, the moral of the story is, enjoy your tattoo experience by making sure that arrive to your artist’s studio with a fresh, free and clear mind. To do this, here’s our recommendations:

1. Try to prepare in advance by clearing up your schedule and making sure that your staff, and (or) your coworkers, are all up to speed with what needs to be done at the office in your absence.

2. Have a person that will act as your liaison and be sure to let them know that you should only be contacted if it’s an extreme emergency. If you don’t have a liaison, then let them know the times and dates that you will NOT be available. This will ensure that you won’t be disturbed during your session – unless of course it’s absolutely necessary. 

3. If all else fails, shut off your phone. 

Hopefully this helps some of you out, but if you’re already down with the program, (or have better advice) then share it with someone who has this problem because getting a tattoo should be a time of bliss spent between you and your favorite artist.