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Jessi Dore’ Lawson is a fine artist and tattooer whose work exudes lush hues of vivid color and surreal, fairytale-like worlds inspired by nature. Her multicultural upbringing has inspired and evolved the style in which she works and acts as a catalyst for her diverse range of mediums.

Jessi was born in 1982 in Minneapolis, MN. She was artistic throughout her childhood and sought any outlet she could to express herself. In 1995 her family transplanted to South Orange County, CA, where she attended high school and later studied formally at the Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach, as well as the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, to obtain her BFA. Always having a strong passion for art, she followed her dream to become a professional artist. Furthering her ability was a primary goal and put a lot of focus on traditional painting techniques. Naturally drawn to the bold richness of oil paints, they continue to be her primary painting medium. While in college she began actively showing her work among the lowbrow and fine art scene including galleries worldwide. Her work was also featured in several articles and publications including Fuzed Magazine UK, Juxtapoz, Las Vegas Weekly, the Las Vegas Mercury, City Life, several tattoo magazines as well as regularly seen on A&E’s “Inked”.

In 2006 after relocating to Las Vegas, Jessi decided to expand her artistic ability and began apprenticing to tattoo under Ryan “Opie” Mueller. Shortly after, she began tattooing full time. During this time she continued to actively show her paintings as well as being a full time mother of two. After 8 years in Las Vegas she relocated her family to Portland OR, and in 2011 they returned to her home town of Minneapolis. With so many life changes, she decided to take a break from showing her work in order to more fully develop her style and technique. She wanted to incorporate all the new inspiration, life experiences and technical knowledge she picked up over the years and apply them into her new works.

Currently Jessi can be found at Leviticus Tattoo in Minneapolis. Her focus is to continue to evolve her art taking creative cues from nature, science and life. Jessi creates illustrations that combine traditional folktales, traditional tattoo elements and classic renaissance techniques. She strives to push the quality and detail with every opportunity and looks forward to all the future will bring.

For information regarding her paintings or tattoos, please contact her at jessi@jessilawson.com or use the contact form.

To keep up on her current happenings, projects and travel plans, please follow her instagram: @jessi_lawson_tattooer



Consultations/ Appointments

If you are interested in getting tattooed, please send a detailed message through email or call Leviticus to schedule a consultation where we can discuss your ideas more in depth. Tattoos are scheduled by appointment only. Consultations are recommended for projects requiring more than one session. A typical wait for appointments is roughly 3-4 months. There is also a cancellation list available, which is a good option if you are more openly available and can come on short notice. A deposit of $150 is required to schedule an appointment (see details below) Consultations are free.  If you are looking to get an appointment to get tattooed on one of my trips  please read the travel section below and contact me to be placed on that list. Appointments book up very quickly. Joining the  mailing list is highly recommended so that you receive the most current announcements.


There is a deposit required to schedule any tattoo appointment and is applied to the total cost of your final session. All deposits are non-refundable. If you fail to show up for your scheduled appointment, reschedule within 24 hours of set appointment, or in the event of reoccurring or frequent reschedules,  your deposit will be forfeited and you will be required to leave a new deposit to reschedule. Please understand getting a large tattoo is a commitment for both parties. This rule is to ensure each party is committed and reliable. Please contact the shop directly at (612)729-1475 if you need to cancel or reschedule. Please do not cancel through email. Larger pieces may require a larger deposit. Please contact Jessi through email or at Leviticus to schedule a consultation so that we can discuss the specifics involving your project.


All Multisession tattoo are priced hourly.  If the tattoo is only 1-2 sessions, it may be priced at a flat rate and is dependent on a variety of factors including size, detail, placement, color etc. The hourly rate is $175/ hour. There is no charge for consultations. The drawing time, set up, or break time is included and you are only charged the hourly rate during the time we are tattooing. For a more specific customized quote, I suggest a consultation discus all the specific details for your project.


Clients frequently ask to see the drawings in advance. Due to an increasingly full schedule, I am not able to sketch prior to booking, I also do not send drawings via email or do drawing previews.  I do ask you notify us at least 3 days prior to your set appointment, if you have any design or idea changes. Time is allowed during your first appointment for any drawing changes you might need. A consultation often helps to clarify all the details and in most cases there are very few changes that need to be done. Please take a look at my portfolio to familiarize yourself with the style I work in.

Touch-up Policy

If your tattoo needs any touch-up work, I offer one free touch-up, within the first year of the tattoos completion. No deposit is required to schedule a touch-up appointment, since there is no charge. If you schedule a touch-up appointment and fail to show or cancel in advance, you may be required to leave a touch-up deposit to set up a new appointment. In that case, The touch-up deposit will be refunded to you on the date it is completed. If you again fail to show up, that deposit will be lost. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding the touch-up policy. Your tattoo should not require any regular touch-up maintenance once completed.


Occasionally I will travel abroad to work conventions or do guest spots at other tattoo shops. If you live outside of Minneapolis and would like to be updated on my travel plans, please subscribe to my mailing list and I will notify you if I’m heading your way. You can also find my most current travel plans on my events page. I also travel frequently to Las Vegas. These trips book up very quickly so it is recommended that you join my list so that you receive the most current info as it becomes available. Booking priority for these trips will always go to in-progress pieces first. Please do not contact me asking when I will be visiting your location, I will keep the events page updated and announce new plans as I finalize the details, If its not on there, Its currently not on my itinerary. Thanks!

If there are any questions that were not addressed above, please feel free to email us at jessi@jessilawson.com