Kelty Carew

Tattoo Artist

Hours: Wed noon-8, Thurs 3-9, Fri & Sat noon-8

Kelty Carew grew up in the countryside of Dane County and received a bachelors degree from UW-Madison in Art in 2004. Her focus there was on printmaking and ceramic sculpture, though from undergrad through graduate school she has studied everything from saxophone performance, martial arts, indigenous/sustainable agriculture, social movements, to collaborative community art. Kelty has worked as a stone engraver since 2004 and tattooer since 2016, creating "art to outlive you" on gravestones and skin. She was thrilled to join the Lost Lakes team in 2018 in her own neighborhood.

Kelty's artwork mixes realism with stylized linework, the beautiful with the gnarly, the sacred with the profane. Please get in touch with her especially if you love the alchemy of collaboration, and/or black and grey realism, florals, or memorial tattoos. Kelty once dreamt of being a funeral tattooer, and had the honor of tattooing guests at a friend's ceremony in 2018. Other interesting facts include that she has gotten her booty handed to her by Mother Nature on four continents, is mother to two fur-babies and a clone-baby of her spouse, and has a honey library from around the world.


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