Hello! My name is Evie Yapelli. I am a tattooer and painter working under the moniker Show Pigeon.
Originally from Illinois, I began my career in Chicago in 2009 and relocated to Southern California in 2012. In 2016 I opened Show Pigeon Tattoo in Orange, CA.
My work is rooted in the Traditional American tattoo style with the added influences of vintage illustration and blackwork tattooing. I'm best known for my red and black palette, though at times I also work in all black or in black, red, and gold. My paintings, made in india ink and watercolor with the traditional spit shading technique, have been exhibited throughout the US and my work has been published in various texts. I enjoy working with other artists and have collaborated on tattoos, fine art, fashion, and designer toys, including ongoing partnerships with Miss Ladybug and Bitter Squeaks.
I have had the honor of working with non-profit organizations as a hired illustrator and also through tattoo-based fundraising, art donation, and volunteering. Groups I have worked with include the National Network of Abortion Funds, Anaheim Fall Festival, Orange County Women's March, and Project Labcoat.
In my home life I am proud to be loved by a wonderful husband and two fuzzy cats.
In late 2016 I released Pigeon the Kewp Doll, a color-your-own paper doll book including fine art prints. My work has also appeared in several Out of Step Books' collections, including Slithers and Scales, Enchanted, Pandaemonium, Meows and Roars, Feathers of Inspiration, Excavate, Black and White Vol. 1, and ABC: Tattoo Artists Illustrate the Alphabet.
SOLO AND DUO EXHIBITIONS:
Spitshade and Fancywork: Victorian themed paintings by Evie Yapelli hand framed by Vanessa Gaston - Laguna Ink Spot & Gallery, Laguna Beach CA, July 2015
TattooPOP!: vintage inspired paintings by Evie Yapelli - Laguna Ink Spot & Gallery, Laguna Beach CA, August 2014
RETROspective: Works by Evie Yapelli - Laguna Ink Spot & Gallery, Laguna Beach CA, May 2013
As Issued's Featured Artist at the SOBECA Art Walk - The Lab, Costa Mesa CA, February 2013
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
Tattoo: An Exhibition - Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles CA, November 2017 - April 2018
Mercado Los Olvidados - Pskaufman, Los Angeles CA, September 2017
One With the Force - Mos Isley Gallery and Cantina, Huntington Beach CA, May 2017
SEEDS - The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana CA, January 2017
Spectacular - Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach CA, July 2016
Oz Works - Laguna Ink Spot & Gallery, Laguna Beach CA, October 2015
Tattoo Flash - Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach CA, September 2015
Doom and Gloom - DooGallery, Atlanta GA, May 2014
Skulls - Laguna Ink Spot & Gallery, Laguna Beach CA, January 2014
Spellbound - Echoes Under Sunset, Los Angeles CA, March 2014
Fortunes Told - Laguna Ink Spot & Gallery, Laguna Beach CA, November 2013
Small Works - Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach CA, September 2013
Kulture Klash - The Queen Mary, Long Beach CA, June 2013
Sans Culottes, A Valentine Show - Butterfat Studios, Chicago IL, February 2011