Hi there! My name is Marisa Rae Mathews and I am the new shop manager! I am an artist focused mainly on completing paintings with a traditional flair as well as commission pieces. My Instagram is @marisamathewstattoo, which is where I post the most up to date pieces I’m working on. Right now, I run the PMA Tattoo social media page and am looking forward to learning and taking on new responsibilities such as booking via email. I am super grateful to be welcomed into a lovely shop full of growth and cant wait to meet you all!
Last week was a pretty big week for us here at PMA Tattoo! On October 4th, we celebrated our SECOND year anniversary! Holy smokes - we can hardly believe it! There have been so many positive changes over the last two years here at the shop. It’s crazy to think how it all began with our hero, Sara Eve, who opened up the shop with no idea of what to expect. She quickly became too busy for her own good, and brought in Abby Rose to help manage the shop, which then lead to an apprenticeship under Sara Eve to learn the craft of tattooing.
After almost a year and a half of working together, honing her drawing skills, managing scheduling and client communication, getting Red Cross certification, handling inventory, cleaning the shop, and studying, Abby did her very first tattoo on our 2nd year anniversary day! We laughed. We cried. It was riveting. Seriously, though, it’s crazy how far we’ve come and how much we have grown here at PMA! Speaking of growth, you’ll all be seeing a new face here at PMA!
Marisa Mathews is our new shop manager in-training! Marisa is a very talented artist (and has a ton of paintings that you should totally check out)! As of now, she is handling our social media and is slowly easing her way into taking on further responsibilities. She will likely start handling emails in the next couple of months, so if you’re emailing the shop to get scheduled don’t be afraid to say hello!
We are so excited to be opening up in our new location in December! Keep your eyes peeled for an announcement about our shop warming party - it’s going to be a rip roarin’ good time!
As always, thank you all for your encouragement and support. We wouldn’t be here without all of you!
During the month of November, we will be relocating to our new permanent home at 637 Broadway Avenue in McKees Rocks! We are extremely excited for you all to check out the new space! It’s going to be so much larger than our current location, which means it’ll be much roomier and more comfortable for both clients and artists alike. We are definitely looking for a good candidate (or two :P) to join the fam, so keep your eyes out for any announcements about that! Artists, feel free to contact us if you’d like to meet up and chat about opportunities with our shop!
Wooooo-ee, have we been keeping very busy over here at PMA! So busy in fact that we are currently scheduling tattoo appointments into Decemeber and January. We do still have a few open times available for consultations in our current location, so don’t hesitate to contact us to get one scheduled! We are so thankful for how busy you are all keeping us, and we appreciate all of your support. While we know and understand that December seems so far away, the new shop will be so much more enjoyable to be tattooed in! If you would like to be placed on our “in case of cancellation” list to be tattooed (in our current location) should an appointment become available due to a client cancellation, just let us know some general days and times that you would be able to come in, and we will contact you if something becomes available sooner.
Our email address and phone number will remain the same for ease of contact (firstname.lastname@example.org, and 412-343-7900 respectively). We will make certain to post on our social media about the shop closing and reopening, as well as any pertinent updates that might be relevant. And, keep an eye out for an announcement about our shop warming party!
We are still working out the details about that, but it is going to be a rip roarin’ good time!
Thank you so much for your support and understanding - we look forward to sharing our new home with you! We are excited for all the growth and development that is to come ^.^
It’s been over a year, and our apprentice, Abby Rose, has made some serious progress! After learning the ins-and-outs of shop management, client correspondence, tattoo concepts, design, and history, the time has come for machine practice! Thanks to everyone who purchased the special-edition long-sleeved PMA Tattoo shirts with her design on the back, she now has her very own machine to practice with!
For the time being, she is practicing on fake skin pads (which are super weird, btw) and learning/practicing printing and placing stencils. So STAY TUNED for further announcements about her journey into tattooing! Things are getting pretty exciting over here - we’re having a hard time containing ourselves! If you want to get on her list of folks that want early apprentice tattoos, send her an email at email@example.com :P
Check out some of the work she has been doing lately (Instagram: @abbyrosetattoo)! She's come a long way ^.^
After many trying months, we finally sealed the deal! Sara Eve now owns 637 Broadway Avenue in McKees Rocks as the future permanent home of PMA Tattoo! There are so many folks who came together to help get PMA Tattoo into a forever home, so we want to take a minute to thank them. Shout out to Eric Vanistendael of Keller Williams Realty, Arthur Clinger or Bridgeway Capital, Vanessa at the Colonial Title Company, Jeb from the McKees Rocks CDC, Nick & Ashley from our future neighbors at Blackforge (!!!), and of course, all of YOU who contributed to our Kiva loan! We will have more information in the next week in regards to when you can expect our relocation, but for the next few months we are going to be sitting cozy in our current Dormont location with no interruption to previously scheduled appointments. Stay tuned for more exciting updates as we move towards our pretty lil home sweet home!
We wanted to take a moment here to thank the folks at Design Sponge for interviewing our beloved Sara Eve for this truly awesome magazine. This edition of the magazine includes 168 pages of first-person essays, pep talks from well-known creatives, studio visits and interviews, group discussions, illustrations, stunning photography, and in-depth explorations of specific fields and niches, from designers in rural areas to the next generation of publishers providing platforms for marginalized voices and communities. We are so excited for Sara Eve to be featured in this magazine, and we are so appreciative for the opportunity to spread that PMA! Here is a link to the magazine's page on Design Sponge's website: http://www.designsponge.com/goodcompany
Also wanted to give a big shout-out to Kat from Requiem Images for taking the beautiful photos featured in the interview! If you haven't checked out her work, you are doing it all wrong. Find her on Instagram @requiemimages, or check out her website http://www.requiemimages.com/
Love y'all ♡♡♡
Hey there, everyone!
We participated in an event called The Power of the Purchase, a week-long fundraiser through Planned Parenthood. We wanted to give a big THANK YOU to all the folks who purchased artwork so far to support this organization! We still have plenty of artwork available for purchase, and are continuing to donate our sales to Planned Parenthood through the end of the month, so no worries if you missed the week-long event!
If you would like to make a donation directly to Planned Parenthood, you can do so via https://www.plannedparenthood.org/ and select the "Donate" button.
Thanks again, beautiful humans!
Community activism is important for all of us here at PMA. We are so grateful for all the folks who are actively working to improve our collective existence on the level of the individual, the communal level, and the way in which both of those function in conjunction with our environment and all of its inhabitants. For this reason, we have decided to do a series of charitable donations over the next three months. We are still sorting out the details, but we're excited to share with you what we have so far!
For the second week of March, we are partnering up with Planned Parenthood along with many other local businesses for the Power of the Purchase. Details are still forthcoming, so keep an eye out for an announcement coming up pretty soon! Here's a little more information about the event: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-western-pennsylvania/get-involved/events
On April 16th, we will be doing $40 semicolon tattoos for Semicolon Project Day (100% of profits will be donated to this cause). We, along with folks all across the world, are thankful for founder Amy Bleuel's societal contributions, and remorseful for such a warm light to be extinguished. We look forward to working with this cause in her honor, and in honor of any and everyone who suffers from mental illness and suicidal thoughts. More information about this organization can be found here: http://projectsemicolon.com/
We will calling on you, our lovely PMA bb's, to help us decide what organization to donate to in the month of May! Stay tuned for how you can provide your own recommendations and cast a vote. We look forward to working together with you to help have a more positive impact on our community, our existence, our world. Thank you to all of you for being lovely, caring humans. Let's spread some PMA! ♡♡♡
So proud of our pals at Onion Maiden who had a really big year last year! Onion Maiden is easily one of the best restaurants in Pittsburgh. We've been regularly attending their pop-up brunches for quite some time, and couldn't be happier for them to have opened a restaurant so we can eat their delicious food ALL THE TIME! They have some of the best food you can find, and it's completely vegan! It's amazing. We had our 1 year shop anniversary at Onion Maiden, so it holds a very special place in all of our hearts here at PMA ♡. Last month our pals at Onion Maiden gave PMA the honor of getting cute matching onion tattoos done by Sara Eve! Thank you so much to Dingo, Elyse, and Brooks for letting PMA be a part of such a special tattoo! It was lovely having y'all in the shop.
If you haven't already, get your butts down to Onion Maiden and check them out! They're located in Allentown at 639 E Warrington Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15210. Their hours are Wednesday-Friday from 5pm-10pm, and on Saturdays from 10am-2pm and 5pm-10pm. You can also find some of their delicious baked goods for sale at Black Forge, Artisan Cafe, Lili Cafe, and Lilliput Cafe (all of which are awesome places you should definitely check out)!
Love, PMA Tattoo
Donny Thomas of Counting Sheep Productions came into the shop and made an informative little video of PMA! Patient, professional, prompt, and talented, he did an amazing job, and we wanted to share the results with you, along with a shout-out for him!
Here's the full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9Olwv8S_7w&t=13s
Hello, loveliest of lovelies! Well, a new year has begun, and it has us here at PMA reflecting on this last one. 2017 was quite an eventful year for PMA Tattoo! So much has changed over the past 365 days, and we wanted to take a moment to share our appreciation with you all!
PMA welcomed in a new tattoo artist, Santana Woodring, who has since then worked with her clients to tattoo some really beautiful works of art! Sara Eve took on Abby Rose as an apprentice, who, under her tutelage, has progressed rather impressively (keep an eye out for when she begins tattooing this year!). Our hero, Sara Eve, has done so much amazing work this year - from tattooing to making designs and having collaborations with local businesses and organizations like Girls Rock PGH, Trash to Thrash, Bantha Tea Bar, Wigle Whiskey, and SO many more <3!
The shop itself underwent a pretty snazzy transformation - with our beautiful new floors, and our handmade storefront (thanks, Derrick!), PMA is looking pretty darn spiffy going into 2018! Oh, and let's not forget about the espresso machine, because... yeah. We love it. We can't wait to see what this year holds for us all, but if last year is any indication, then we can expect some really exciting things this year! Lastly, we wanted to give a big ole' thank you to YOU! Our beautiful clients, and friends. Thank you for your continued trust and support. You're what keep us going here at PMA, and we couldn't do it without you! Love y'all! <3<3<3
Hello, beauties! Are you in a holidaze thinking about what to gift your loved ones this year? Why not get them their next tattoo?! We have PMA gift certificates available for purchase! We even have cute little bundles for only $20 more that include a t-shirt and a sticker!
Stop by the shop to claim yours today, or shoot us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to have it shipped to your home <3
Stay lovely, humans!
Hello, everyone! It's that time of year. We're all doing a bit of traveling over the next couple of months, so we figured posting our wonky holiday hours would be a good idea :P
We will be open these days:
We will resume our regular hours (11am-7pm everyday) after New Year's Day!
Also, I couldn't decide which picture to put with this post. So rather than choose, I'm just going to post them both.
Thank you, beauties!
We're so excited to have our very own Sara Eve featured in this article via Queer PGH! We are honored to be considered a safe and open place for fantastic humans to get tattooed! What an incredible feeling to be a part of this wonderful community, along with so many of our talented friends and peers.
Here is a link to the article:
We got an upgrade! Now our store front matches the buzzing sound of our tattoo machines inside! Big shout out to local woodworker/artist Derek Griesbach for his beautiful work, and to Requiem Images for these beautiful photographs! <3<3<3
We're all set to go here at PMA! Sara Eve, Santana Woodring, and Abby Rose know all about givin' them heimlichs, m-t-m resuscitations, handling contaminates, plus a whole bunch of other goodies (and we have the paper to prove it). We've got your back (literally, if you are falling). The State of Pennsylvania doesn't require these things, but ya can't have PMA without peace-of-mind. Stay safe, dearies! <3
Hello! We are so excited to participate in the Dormont Music Festival happening this Saturday, September 30th! Sara Eve, Santana Woodring, and Abby Rose will have items for you to peruse and purchase, should you choose to do so! Our booth is going to be located near the Hollywood Theater on Potomac Avenue, so come give us and tons of other lovely neighborhood shops a visit! We look forward to seeing you there ;)
(Here's a sneak peak at some framed prints Santana Woodring will have available for purchase, and a painting Abby Rose has in the works!) <3
Check out this awesome event featuring some work by our very own, Sara Eve! It's going to be a day filled with art and awesome local music. Don't miss it!
It's kicking off at 10:30pm on September 28th, at the Mr. Smalls Funhouse!
Here is the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1916164695372647/?acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D
We hope to see you there!