Lauren Tedder was born into tattooing and has spent her entire life wrapped in it’s old, blue arms. Being the only daughter to Jeff “The Jew” Cohen meant she was raised inside the four walls of Custom Tattoo Co in Havelock, NC . It’s not a lifestyle choice for Lauren; Tattooing is very literally the only life she’s known.

Learning how to tattoo through an “Old Style” apprenticeship that lasted her entire childhood and into her teen years she grew up hardened, but she’s still sweet.. A sea of Marines in out of the studio all day, every day and steady rotation of salty tattooers has given Lauren a unique perspective on life and tattooing that you won’t find anywhere else, and a wealth of knowledge that takes a lifetime for most to acquire.

Recognizing that such a solid foundation is no reason for complacency Lauren set out on the convention circuit to further her knowledge and understanding of the craft. Shortly thereafter is when she met her husband and veteran Atlanta artist Dave Tedder. The two were quickly caught up in a whirlwind of travel, tattooing, and collecting knowledge of tattooing and tattoos from the last of the great legends before moving to Corsica, France. After spending a few years abroad, tattooing and soaking up as much knowledge as possible about the European tattoo style and methods, Lauren has returned stateside and settled in the “Paris of the South” Atlanta, GA.

Since an artists education is never complete Lauren knew right away that she wanted to work with Joe and the crew of Thunderbolt Tattoo in order to expand her catalog of tricks and work with like minded tattooers.

We were lucky enough to have her join our team in the summer of 2016. She’s a blast to be around.

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