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My Process

✧ I don’t currently have the bandwidth to do custom designs, so please peruse my Instagram feed to pick a piece of flash. That being said, if you have a custom design idea that you think will go well with my style, tell me about it!

✧ I don’t repeat designs, so if I’ve already given a design to someone, I will happily switch up details on the design to make it unique to you!

✧ My fee starts at $200 per session.

✧ I am available Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 12–8pm.

✧ Patience is appreciated re: emailing!

✧ I am a body-positive, queer-friendly, and overall very chill person who just wants you to be happy and feel safe.

✧ Please note I tattoo arms and legs only.

✧ I am a licensed tattoo artist by the City of New York.


My name is Kelly Thorn, and I am a multi-disciplinary artist, specializing in hand-poked tattoos, graphic art, illustration, and lettering. She/her ♡

I’m working out of Greenpoint-based Welcome Home Studio, giving hand-poked tattoos alongside Tea Leigh, Kelli Kikcio, Krista Morgenson, Michelle Marie, and Evan Paul English.

Something I find wonderful about working in this medium is the opportunity to meet and connect with people. A tattoo is oftentimes a beautiful and cathartic experience, and I love to be there to witness it, and hear about what my clients are learning about themselves.

I am also a graphic designer and illustrator at Charles&Thorn in the Pencil Factory. My partner Spencer and I specialize in branding, type design, lettering, and illustration.

Hand-poked tattoos are applied by using a tattoo needle held with the hand. This process is a bit less traumatic to the skin than using a tattoo machine, resulting in a slower application process, a quicker healing time, and a slightly more stippled line quality than a machine tattoo. It’s also a quieter experience, which allows us to have a conversation, which is a nice time.