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Mikey Vigilante

Founding Artist & Owner

Mikey Vigilante is the founder, owner, and senior artist of Paper Crane Studio. He draws on nearly twenty years of industry experience while tattooing new clients and mentoring our hand-selected team of artists. Whether he’s working on an Irezumi back piece or teaching artists how to make needles, his deep love for tattooing is the cornerstone of Paper Crane Studio.

As both a student and an artist, Mikey has a deep love of traditional Japanese tattoos. His extensive study in this field gives him an excellent knowledge base on which to draw from, both in the form of visual references and in parables that reveal universal truths. These truths allow him to evoke great depths of meaning in each piece he tattoos. His love for nature and his insatiable curiosity about the universe continuously lead him to explore our fractal universe and the metaphysical realm. He translates his discoveries by breaking down complex concepts into simple geometric forms. Mikey also loves working with bold color, be it in an American Traditional piece or a floral design


Black and Grey

Mythic Bjork and Tori 

Autumn Brook Trout 

Koi & Chrysanthemum


Hannya and Snake

Gates of Heaven

Dragon and Tiger 

 Cranes and Peonies

Koi  Dragon 1/2 Sleeve