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Meet The Tattoo Artist: Paul Johnson: 46 & 2 Tattoo


Do you have any advice for people looking to get a tattoo?

Look at people’s art and know that you’re getting the right tattoo artists for your tattoo and be patient.

What are some other rookie mistakes you see people make when they come in to get a tattoo?

Oh that’s a laundry list. One of the biggest things to remember is if a tattoo artist is telling you something’s a bad idea, it’s generally a bad idea. I’ve been doing this for almost 22 years now. I might know a thing or two. You may want to listen to my advice.

Also, don’t get your significant other’s name tattooed on yourself.

46 & 2 Tattoo has been named the Best of the Red River Valley by the Forum four years in a row. After talking to the studio’s owner, Paul Johnson, it’s easy to see why.

The Fargo native, who started tattooing all the way back in 2000, has a passion for the art form that far proceeds his professional endeavors.

“I started getting tattoos in 1993 and I thought it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen,” said Johnson. “My first tattoo was originally drawn by another artist four years before I actually got it tattooed on my body. It’s a skull inside of handprints and when the time came, I showed the picture to the person tattooing me and I told them that’s what I wanted.”

From that point forward, Johnson was fully enamored with the tattooing world. However, it would take him seven years before starting his apprenticeship with a studio in Minneapolis. A few years later, in 2004, Johnson would open 46 & 2 Tattoo which, over time, has grown from a one-person studio to an eight-person studio.

“We do pretty much every style of tattooing here,” said Johnson. “Because I grew into tattooing with zero focus on any style. I really enjoy doing black and grey realism, but I do anything.”

46 & 2 Tattoo

308 N University Dr, Fargo

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