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Studio 65 Tattoo is your tattoo expert in North Iowa. The classy and inviting atmosphere paired with exceptional customer service have set the bar for tattoo establishments. Voted Reader’s Choice Best of North Iowa 4 years in a row, with multiple artists being nominated and winning Reader’s Choice Best Tattoo Artists 2023. We are dedicated to doing quality work, and we always get the job done at the highest standards. Our team is comprised of tattoo artists and apprentices who provide excellent, professional experiences for all of our clients. We always use the highest quality, most technologically advanced methods, equipment and supplies to ensure you are treated like royalty. Experience our work, and see the Studio 65 Tattoo difference.TEXT 641-355-3578 and one of our receptionists will assist you with inquiries and bookings! 

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Monday - Friday: 10am-7pmSaturday: Appointment OnlySun: Closed

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TEXT 641-355-3578 with any reference images, a description of what you’re wanting, budget and preferred artist and one of our receptionists will get back to you during business hours. Please note, text is the preferred contact method for quickest response time! 

210 US HWY 18 E
Clear Lake, IA


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Tattoo Artist Since 2014/Studio 65 Owner Since 2016

Merry is an ambitious, passionate, award winning tattooer eager to create for her clients. Merry worked at a variety of studios in Colorado and Iowa and spent time getting tattooed in a variety of shops as well.  In spring of 2016 she decided it was time she ventured out on her own, using the good and bad of what she had experienced at other shops to inspire her to make Studio 65 the best North Iowa has to offer. Not just for clients, but for her devoted team members as well. 
Merry makes it a point to use art to give back to the community as much as possible. You will often find her donating proceeds of tattoos to charities and causes close to her heart. 

Merry loves to take on a variety of pieces,  with an attention to detail you’ve got to see to believe. She was the recipient of Reader’s Choice Best Tattoo Artist. She prefers complex and ambitious pieces, with a passion for black and grey realism. Merry is often booked 9-12 months out, but we promise she’s worth the wait! 



Tattoo Artist since 2017

Ellie was her sister Merry’s first apprentice in 2017. She has a bachelors in Design and Advertising from Iowa State University. Ellie specializes in fine, clean detail work. She loves taking on large, challenging pieces and being the well rounded, artist she is, she can tattoo a large variety of styles. You will often find her creating soft, delicate floral or duplicating tiny signatures and fingerprints with precision. Ellie is known for making clients feel extremely comfortable and welcome with her friendly and fun personality. Come see what Ellie can dream up for you. With attention to detail and some of the cleanest line work around, we know you’ll be satisfied (and likely amazed) at the work you’ll walk away with.



Tattoo Artist Since 2020

Oren is an incredibly talented artist who began her apprenticeship in 2020 and started taking on small pieces in 2021. Since then she has fallen in love with neotraditional, Japanese and black work inspired pieces. She is well rounded and can take on about any project you present her with. She has also been busy obtaining various degrees and can be commissioned for creative logo and design concepts for your business or various creative projects!  Creative and professional, shoot us a text with a special request for Oren today.



Tattoo Artist Since 2021

Breauna caught our attention with her stunning graphite portrait drawings. She has been creating the most delicate, fine lined tattoos. We can’t wait to see her progress to bigger, more complex projects, though she continues to blow our mind with some of her super tiny lettering and micro tattoos. Breauna’s sweet personality and incredible talent will make you want to be a client for life! 



Tattoo Aritst - January 2023-present

 Kelsey joined the Studio 65 family January 2023. Kelsey used to be a cake decorator as well as refurbished taxidermy and was often painting in her free time. Her tattoos typically have a grunge/gothic vibe. She can tattoo a variety of tattoo styles. She keeps pace with artists that have years of experience. Always offering her clients a unique, comfortable tattoo experience. You will be sure to share laughs with her during your session and want to keep coming back! 

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We Proudly Use Saniderm Aftercare 

Your artist will apply an adhesive bandage to your finished tattoo. The bandage can be worn for 6-24 hours depending on how much the tattoo weeps and bleeds. If your bandage starts leaking before the recommended time, take it off and apply a new bandage from your personal pack. 
Before applying a new piece of saniderm:
 -Wash your tattoo with an unscented anti bacterial soap such as Saniderm Foaming Soap or Dial Gold using fingertips only. (No wash rags or loofas). 
-Gently pat your tattoo dry, preferably using fresh paper towels. Ensure the area is completely dry and free of any soap residue or lotions.

 -Peel of the white paper backing, ensuring the adhesive remains on the clear plastic. -With your skin in a neutral position apply the sticky adhesive to the skin and gently peel of the clear plastic backing. 
-Leave this second Saniderm bandage on the skin for 3-6 days. Do not exceed 7 days. 

-Remove bandage and wash with unscented soap. Apply another bandage if need or simply follow up with Sanibalm, Buzz Balm or a white, ultra healing unscented lotion like CeraVe or Lubriderm. 

*An impression of your tattoo will appear on the bandage. That is completely normal! 
*You will notice ink and plasma pooling under the bandage. Totally normal! 

*Some clients with skin sensitivities experience redness and blistering from the adhesives. Slight redness is fine but please remove if it becomes an issue and simply wash your tattoo throughout the day with an unscented soap and continuously apply a thin layer of Sanibalm or Buzz Balm
*Your tattoo will get extremely itchy around day 4. DO NOT pick at or scratch your tattoo. 

Please know that if you do not purchase our recommended aftercare you opt out of the option to receive a free touch up within a year. Please note that some fading of your tattoo is normal and may not always require a touch up. Do your best to care for your tattoo as instructed and ensure you protect your healed tattoo with a quality sunblock. 

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