I love all styles of tattooing. I have a very deep love for traditional and neo-traditional watercolor. But I also love all of the illustrative black and gray and black and gray realism. It’s more of a subject matter thing for me. I like to stick with a lot of natural elements and a lot really feminineinspired pieces. I’m really trying to get more into like large scale tattooing, whole sleeve and legs.”
They say that most tattoo artists don’t seek out tattooing, tattooing seeks out them. However, for Bee’s Nest Art Studio CoOwner Steph Marshall, the art of tattooing was a lifelong pursuit.
“I don’t have any art school background, I just drew my entire life,” said Marshall. “I was probably 12 or 13 when I first decided that I wanted to be a tattoo artist when I grew up. And I just never stopped drawing. I did a lot of research about how to get into this industry, looking at magazines, forums and chatrooms. And I found out that an apprenticeship was really the best way.”
“My parents, specifically my dad, were not about it right away,” said Marshall who spent her formative years as part of a military family in Minot. However, Marshall stuck with it and got an apprenticeship in her hometown. It was around that same time that Marshall’s father turned a corner. “Once he realized it was actually happening, he was very supportive. He let me do a lot of apprenticeship tattoos on him.”
And now, everyone in her immediate family has gotten tattoos from her at the Bee’s Nest Art Studio which she opened with her co-founder Tanna Hill in 2016.
“My mother was one of the last people in my family to get a tattoo from me,” said Marshall. “She was losing her s* the entire time. We were all trying not to laugh. She called me a motherf*** so many times we lost count.”
Bee’s Nest Tattoo and Art Studio
14 8th St S, Fargo