Jesse began his career as a tattoo artist in 1999 after an apprenticeship with a prominent local artist. From 1992 until 2000 Jesse studied all aspects of visual art, art history, theatrical design and faux painting at the University of Nebraska’s Omaha campus eventually graduating with degrees in Studio Art and Dramatic Arts.
He is a member of the National Tattoo Association (NTA), Nebraska Body Art Association (NBAA), and the Alliance of Professional Tattooists (APT), and strongly promotes their ethics of safe and responsible tattooing.
Jesse enjoys tattooing in a full range of styles from portraiture and realism to fantasy and graffiti, with emphasis on three-dimensional illusion, realistic shadowing and dramatic lighting effects. He also utilizes elements of various historical art styles as well as comic books, graffiti, and fantasy art for inspiration; and has a fondness for many of the traditional tattoo motifs. His tattoo work and artwork have been featured in several international publications, and have won several awards.
Jesse’s art influences include: Frank Frazetta, Robert Williams, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Pushead, M.C. Escher, and Simon Bisley.
Jesse makes sure to give every client the best tattoo possible. He cares about their tattoo, and that it is done with
the best possible equipment, pigments, and in the cleanest environment. He does not charge extra to draw custom pieces, and often spends significant amounts of time researching, finding references, and drawing preliminary sketches to create all-custom tattoos, unique to each client. Jesse primarily works on larger projects (lots of sleeves and full backpieces) over multiple sessions, though doesn’t mind doing smaller tattoos as long as they fit the body appropriately. His schedule usually books up about 3 months out, so plan ahead and contact him early.
“I really enjoy working with each client to design the right tattoo, and am honored that people want my art on their skin. I truly love being part of such an amazing profession.” -Jesse Neese