Things have been busy here at Big River Tattoo! We’ve been hard at work on the shop and on the shop’s new website and I have a bunch of cool things planned for these upcoming months.

I am currently packing my bags to head out to Montreux, Switzerland for the Montreux Tattoo Convention! I went last year and had an incredible time and I’m sure this year will be even better. Tomorrow I’ll be catching my flight and I’ll be there September 16th, 17th and 18th.  If you’ll be at the convention, stop by and get tattooed.




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John Patrick has been working on Tuesdays at Big River Tattoo for a few months now, but has recently started working on Fridays as well! Unlike the other artists at the shop, John Patrick’s tattoos are hand poked. Many of his pieces mix the geometric with the organic, but his subject matter is continually expanding. We’ve enjoyed having him here on Tuesdays and are so stoked for him to be here more days of the week. Email us at and schedule an appointment. Check him out on instagram @roguepokes

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This April Danny Boy from Rising Tide Tattoo in Colorado will be a guest artist at the shop. He’s been tattooing professionally for over 12 years and has tattooed all over the country. His specialty is bold, colorful traditional tattoos. We’re excited for him to be tattooing at Big River Tattoo April 15th and April 16th! Email to schedule an appointment.


More examples of Danny Boy’s work:




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Tattoos by Tom

Things have been moving along at the shop since the studio has become Big River Tattoo. Tom’s been doing some great work. Here are a few pieces that he’s done recently.

Single needle raven tattoo

Single needle raven tattoo

A single needle, behind the ear piece

Single needle, behind the ear piece

Single needle scissors

Single needle scissors

A walk-in mandala

A walk-in mandala




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Tattoos from February

February was a great month here at the shop! We were very busy and had some cool people come through our doors. Thanks to everyone who came in and got tattooed!

 Here are just a few the tattoos that were done this month:

Finished this Oniwakamaru sleeve on Doug

Finished this Oniwakamaru sleeve on Doug


Vintage micro tattoo done on Kelsey


Fun micro of a French bulldog on Georgia


Finished these sleeves on my good friend, Russ.


A mandala with a dotwork fox on Rachel


I finished a couple big tattoos this month and this was one of them. Finished sleeve on Joe.

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Dave Shoemaker

Big River Tattoo is in full swing! Our doors are open and we have new artists on board.

We are very proud and excited to welcome Dave Shoemaker to the shop! Dave has been tattooing for over 25 years. While Dave is diverse in style, he brings something very new to the shop: Polynesian tattoos. His Polynesian tribal tattoos are rich and clean as he pays close attention to how the designs contour the body. Dave has said that he wants his tattoos to “be grounded in the past, enabling them to stand up to the test of time”.

He will be here every Friday.

Email to schedule an appointment with Dave!

Dave Shoemaker's full body work.

Dave Shoemaker’s full body work.

Dave Shoemaker's Polynesian tribal work.

Dave Shoemaker’s Polynesian tribal work.

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Big River Tattoo!

Big River Tattoo

Rich Cahill Studio is officially Big River Tattoo!

We’ve turned the studio into a shop. The walls have been repainted, we’ve got flash framed and hanging on the walls. Art from friends and from around the world have been matted and hung. New lights, new stations, new artists.

Tom Aversa and I will tattooing every week.
My long time friend, Dave Shoemaker will be in every Friday starting January 15th.
JP Conrad is here every Tuesday doing stick and poke tattoos.
Guest artists are on the way!

Shoot me an email at or to make an appointment.

Rich Cahill

Japanese Tiger tattoo by Rich Cahill

Tom Aversa

Cowgirl by Tom Aversa

JP Conrad

Stick and poke tattoo by JP Conrad

Dave Shoemaker

Tribal sleeves by Dave Shoemaker



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