Since 2002 Hannah Skalsky has been collaborating with her clients to create beautiful, custom designed tattoos that are as unique as the individuals who wear them. Based out of Austin, Texas, Hannah's dynamic brand of tattooing lends itself to any style that speaks to her clients and their vision.


When and where were you born?

I was born in Milwaukee in the 1981 and moved to Texas as an early teen. I moved to the Dallas Fort Worth area in 2008 and opened a tattoo shop there. I decided to move to Austin in 2012 to be closer to family and to tattoo at 512 Tattoo.


Have you always been artistic?

I have always loved art, it really became my focus around the age of 13. I knew I wanted to be an artist professionally, I just wasn’t sure how to do that yet.


When did you start your career as a tattoo artist?

In 2002 I completed a traditional tattoo apprenticeship, and I have been tattooing professionally since.


How did you practice? Have you tattooed yourself?

I practiced on friends and family at first, and yes, I have tattooed myself. Those first few tattoos make you really nervous, but I trusted my training and took my time.


Who or what influences you?

My tastes in art have really been shaped by being a tattooer. I love growing as an artist, and my appreciation for all styles of creativity have been shaped by my profession. My love for art began with the renaissance style and has expanded as my experience grows.


What is your favorite part of being a tattoo artist?

I enjoy collaborating with customers and coming up with ideas. Knowing that I have created something that they will see everyday is very satisfying to me.


If you could describe your art in one word, what would it be?



Do you specialize in a specific style of tattoo?

I don't like to pigeon hole myself into one style of tattooing, I have a broad range of styles and I enjoy many different areas in tattooing. I do enjoy working on large scale pieces.


What advice would you give to someone thinking about getting their first tattoo?

Find an artist who’s style speaks to you, and give them some artistic freedom to work with your idea. The best tattoos are based on a client’s vision, but developed further by the tattoo artist. Your artist has been practicing their craft for years, and he or she will know how to draw a piece that fits your body and flows the best way.


What is your tattoo process like?

A consultation ahead of time is ideal. This will give us a chance to talk and figure out what we are trying to create, what your ideas are, if you have any reference material, and I’ll have a chance to see the area I’ll be tattooing. From there we’ll set an appointment and figure out what I’ll need for a deposit, then I draw the custom piece.


What do you enjoy doing when you’re not tattooing people?

I enjoying spending time with my family and traveling. I love riding horses, you can find me at the barn when I am not at work.