Hello! My name is Evie Yapelli, and I am the owner and operator of Show Pigeon Tattoo in Orange, California. In addition to my work as a tattooer, I use my space as a studio to paint and design, often in collaboration with other visual artists.
Originally from Illinois, I began my career in Chicago and later relocated to Orange County. 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. I've been published in several art compilations and in Pigeon the Kewp Doll, a color-your-own paper doll book including fine art prints that I self published in 2016. I enjoy working with other artists and have collaborated on tattoos, fine art, fashion, and designer toys, including ongoing partnerships with Miss Ladybug, Vintage Inspired by Jackie, and Bitter Squeaks.
As an illustrator, I was proud to create images for We Testify, a campaign from the National Network of Abortion Funds that seeks to enrich the conversation around abortion for cultural and policy change. In addition to representing the project and organization online and on fundraising materials, my illustrations were used at the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt Supreme Court rally to protect abortion access, on signs that were later named by Women's Health Magazine to be among the best protest signs at the rally. I also had the honor of being an official summit tattooer for the National Network of Abortion Funds' 2017 Organizing Summit.
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:
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
Six Degrees of Separation - Laguna Ink Spot & Gallery, Laguna Beach CA, November 2014
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
Small Works - Laguna Ink Spot & Gallery, Laguna Beach CA, January 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