Invisible Marks

Airbnb Design — Talks featuring tattoo artist and painter David Allen.

Events — Airbnb Design Editorial

Our next Airbnb Design — Talk features David Allen, a Chicago-based tattoo artist. He believes the process of co-creating a tattoo with clients is more important than the physical marks he leaves on their bodies.

A designer-turned-tattoo artist and painter, David has developed a reputation—and a waitlist—for his elaborate, delicately shaded creations. But what truly distinguishes his work is his philosophy around client partnership and how it guides his craft. He sees himself as a conduit for their deeply personal stories.

For nearly a decade, David has applied his artistry to hundreds of women who’ve undergone mastectomies, transforming their breasts and scar tissue with intricate botanical images. His work has won him recognition in the Chicago Tribune, NPR, Newsweek, and the Verge. He also wrote about the healing role of his artistry in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

David’s imagery is just one source of empowerment for his clients. He can spend hours learning their stories before ever picking up a needle. That process, he says, is just as important as the artwork. Join us for an intimate conversation with David about the marks we intend to leave and the ones we actually create. (RSVP link above).

Up Next