Meet the Artist

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Ted Hawkins, recently relocated here from the west coast, enjoys most all styles of tattooing, but specializes in Black and Grey realism, Bio-Mechanic, and Asian themed tattoos. Growing up in Japan exposed him to a culture known for it’s art, and attention to detail.

After moving here from San Diego, he decided to open The Paradigm Tattoo in Kenmore, where he quickly outgrew the location. He now owns the 125 Art Collective Tattoo Studio, which is located in the heart of Allentown in Buffalo NY.

Meeting his clients needs is his top priority, which is why he places a strong emphasis on working closely with his clients during the consultation/design phase of the tattoo process. ” I believe in a strong client/artist relationship, and I encourage an active back-and-forth dynamic, one where we can both bring ideas to the table in order to get the best possible result”, Ted says.

From small, detailed tattoos, to large scale full sleeves and backpieces, Ted is at home with projects of any scope.

“Clients should be comfortable and well-informed through the entire tattoo process, from the concept art to the healing and aftercare, which is why we have created a warm, comfortable, yet professional environment for our clientele.

I have been in enough tattoo shops that were too loud, too run down, or too snobby, and my goal was avoid these issues, while at the same time provide the best possible product and service I could.”

  Cole Tiedemann is a local native American artist from the Tuscarora reservation. Cole enjoys all styles of tattooing but really enjoys black and grey and colorful neotraditonal themed tattoos . Cole said “my main concern is how happy the client is . It’s not about the money it’s about the connection and the buzz you get with a client when they are beyond happy with there tattoo. Tattooing is a very emotional process and should be shared with the right person.”

Jessica Fox is the 125’s star pupil and tattoo apprentice. No stranger to to the tattoo

12795292_1692711747666741_4040648187041519143_ncommunity herself, Jessica brings an amazing level of enthusiasm and determination to her development as an artist and tattooer. Keep an eye here for updates on her latest art projects.