I love all tattoo styles. I have a very deep love for traditional and neo-traditional watercolour. But I also love all the black and gray and black and gray illustrative realism. It’s more a matter of subject matter for me. I like to stick with lots of natural elements and lots of very feminine inspired pieces. I’m really trying to focus more on the large scale, full sleeve and leg tattoo.
They say most tattoo artists aren’t looking for the tattoo, the tattoo is looking for them. However, for Steph Marshall, co-owner of Bee’s Nest Art Studio, tattoo art was a lifelong pursuit.
“I don’t have any art school background, I just drew my whole life,” Marshall said. “I was probably 12 or 13 when I first decided I wanted to be a tattoo artist when I was growing up. And I never stopped drawing. I did a lot of research on how to draw. I got into this industry, looking at magazines, forums and chat rooms, and I found that an apprenticeship really was the best way.
“My parents, especially my dad, weren’t about it right away,” said Marshall, who spent his formative years with a military family in Minot. However, Marshall persevered and got an apprenticeship in his hometown. It was around the same time that Marshall’s dad took a turn. “Once he realized this was actually happening, he was very supportive of me. He let me do a lot of learning tattoos on him.
And now, all of her immediate family members have been tattooed by her at Bee’s Nest Art Studio, which she opened with co-founder Tanna Hill in 2016.
“My mom was one of the last people in my family to get tattooed by me,” Marshall said. “She was losing her s* all the time. We were all trying not to laugh. She called me a motherfucker so many times we lost count.
Bee’s Nest Art and Tattoo Studio
14 8th St S, Fargo