Chelsea Louviere is a versatile tattoo artist at Twilight Tattoo in Minneapolis, Minnesota, specializing in pin-up art.





Armband tattoo design by Chelsea Louviere, based on completely revamped client-supplied drawing of Minneapolis skyline


Thank you for visiting, a showcase for tattoos and other artwork in various media by Chelsea Louviere. She is based in the Twin Cities area.


While Chelsea prides herself on versatility, some areas of specialization she likes most include pin-ups, micro and precision tattoos, illustrative works, portraiture, realism, animal and floral subjects, lettering in a variety of styles, heraldry and historical/ folk motifs, storybook and anthropomorphic themes, trompe l'oeil, as well as American traditional style.




An extensive background as a high-end illustrator, graphic designer, and typographer enables Chelsea to communicate exceptionally well with clients in order to arrive at creative solutions together. She pays meticulous attention to detail and prefers investing extra time into a project when warranted to achieve a better result. She began retraining for a career in tattooing in early 2005, undertaking a rigorous two-and-a-half year apprenticeship at the widely-respected Uptown Tattoo in Minneapolis.

Chelsea has had a life-long passion for pin-up art and creating images of female beauty in its many forms. For the past five years she has faithfully been attending life-drawing sessions with burlesque models, as her "binders full of women" can attest.

Born in New Orleans, Chelsea was raised in Germany until the age of 15. There she studied art and design through the ages and across cultures; she is adept at researching and designing tattoos that convey various historic and other influences accurately.

She often adapts client-supplied images to be suitable for replication in tattooing, including copying handwriting specimens found in signatures or manuscripts and using innovative techniques to simulate various artistic media, including watercolor or engraving, in a tattoo-friendly format.

Each client's project has its own set of requirements and Chelsea thoroughly loves meeting each unique challenge (as well as meeting each unique client).

While Chelsea typically works by appointment, walk-ins are accommodated when possible on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Some tattoos lend themselves better than others to walk-in scenarios. For instance, smaller pieces and simple lettering may not require a great deal of preparation. Larger tattoos and complex tattoos may merit additional time for research and development; therefore, in-person consultations are strongly encouraged, a commitment such as body art is often well worth a few days or even weeks of planning on the front end. After all, the dividends will last a lifetime.

Even for very large pieces, half-hour consultations are usually more than adequate to review ideas; beyond that, follow-up drawing reviews can be arranged as needed. Long-distant clients may correspond via email to have a design created in advance of their appointment.

For inquiries, please either fill out our web form or email directly.


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