I’ve been tattooing for about 25 years. I’m experienced, reliable, and multi faceted. I stay quite busy with all sizes & types of custom work and extended projects. My preferred style is bright & colorful but I do love delicate black & grey, too! I will always do my best to ensure that every tattoo is a unique experience in order to tempt you into coming back for more!
I have a BFA in Sculpture & Design from S.U.N.Y. Purchase but I never dreamed I’d end up using my Fine Arts degree in the tattoo industry. I apprenticed shortly after graduating in 1991. While I’m originally from New York, my apprenticeship was done in Florida and the first half of my career was spent working in northern New Jersey.
Powerhouse Tattoo in Montclair was very small and very popular~ we cranked out panthers, roses, and names all day and into the night. Working for Diane Farris at Powerhouse taught me an invaluable lesson: how to be strong and self-reliant in an extremely fast paced and cramped environment.
Diane had apprenticed under the famous tattooer, Spider Webb, and through her, I was able to mingle with many of the established figures of the East & West Coast historical tattoo scenes like: Mike Perfetto, Stanley and Walter Moskowitz , Coney Island Freddie, Tony Polito, Philadelphia Eddie, Mike Wilson, Dave Gibson, Tony Edwards, Freddy Negrette, Mark Mahoney, and the list goes on. Old school ethics ran strong in that crowd and I still live by them today. Thanks Diane!
Fun fact: Powerhouse Tattoo is now owned by Krooked Ken of Maryland and Eddie Peralta of Puerto Rico. They’ve turned it into a retro style traditional tattoo shop!
I moved to Maryland in 2001 to get married to a guy who happened to be in a band with world famous tattoo artist Dave Waugh. Dave introduced me to Vinnie Myers and I went to work at Little Vinnie’s Tattoos in Finksburg alongside Aaron Cain, Uncle Pauly, Eric Gregory, Brady Duncan, and “the other” Dave Wah.
It was there that I developed the loyal clientele base that I cherish so much today. After 11 years tattooing at Little Vinnies, almost every single one of you all followed me to Baltimore Street Tattoo in Westminster. That was a good four year run, but unfortunately, that shop has now closed and it’s time for me to open the next chapter in my tattoo career book…
I am currently working by appointment (and will take walk ins when possible) here at my new shop: Westminster Tattoo Company, in Westminster Maryland. As of July 1st 2017, you can always find me in the shop on Wednesdays from 11am-3pm and Saturdays 12pm-7pm. I work other days, too, but it varies weekly. My Wednesday and Saturday shifts will always be open for consultations, as well. Check out my calendar here.
Forever grateful to Kristen Brooks for making this happen and to all the fantastic people who let me “make pretty pictures all over them”, thank you!
Testimonials & Accolades:
“I have been going to Beth Kennedy for the past 16 years and cannot begin to express what an amazing tattoo artist she is. When I contact her with an idea she somehow takes what is in my head and makes it even better than what I had imagined. It’s amazing really. She is easy to work with and I cannot tell you how many compliments I have gotten over the years on her work. I recommend Beth to all of my friends and anyone that comments on my tattoos.” ~Melinda B
“Beth is the best! She will work with you and make educated suggestions on a design that is perfect for you.” ~Julie W
“Got my first tattoo of many yesterday. Loved the way the Portuguese flag came out. Thanks to Beth Kennedy Tattoo for doing an amazing job!” ~Cole D
“Thanks Beth, you’re an amazing artist. It’s official…I’m addicted to your work!” ~Susan D
“Thank you Beth awesome as always.” ~Tim S