photo by  Quang Le

photo by Quang Le

Hello! My name is Evie Yapelli. I am a tattooer and painter working under the moniker Show Pigeon out of my private studio in Southern California.

Two of my early loves were vintage illustration and pop culture, with sailor tattoos following not long after. You can see the influence of each in my stylized designs, limited palette, and retro subject matter. Even my painting technique is based in the past, as I use traditional spit shading developed for classic tattoo flash.

In addition to my solo work I enjoy collaborating with other artists on tattoos, fine art, fashion, and designer toys. Most notably, I created the character Pigeon the Kewp Doll and brought her to life as a 3D art doll in collaboration with Bitter Squeaks. Additionally, I’ve partnered on projects with Miss Ladybug, Gemma Correll, Yesterdays, Blue Cactus Press, Interro Bang Bang, and the Anaheim Halloween Parade. I’ve also had the honor of working with non-profit organizations as a hired illustrator and 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, Rock and Roll Rescue, and Project Labcoat.

In my home life I am proud to be loved by a wonderful husband and two fuzzy cats.

PUBLICATIONS:

There is No Other Way to Worship Them, author Samuel Snoek-Brown, Blue Cactus Press, 2018 - cover artist

Under the Skin: Tattoo Culture and Style, SendPoints Publishing, 2018 - featured artist

Tattoo Street Style, author Alice Snape, Ebury Books, 2018 - featured artist

Pigeon the Kewp Doll: a paper doll coloring book, self published, 2016 - artist and author

Pandaemonium, Out of Step Books, 2016 - contributing artist

Slithers and Scales, Out of Step Books, 2016 - contributing artist

Enchanted, Out of Step Books, 2016 - contributing artist

ABC: Tattoo Artists Illustrate the Alphabet, Out of Step Books, 2015 - contributing artist

Meows and Roars, Out of Step Books, 2015 - contributing artist

Black and White, Out of Step Books, 2014 - contributing artist

Feathers of Inspiration, Out of Step Books, 2014 - contributing artist

Excavate, Out of Step Books, 2014 - contributing artist

 

SOLO AND DUO EXHIBITIONS:

Kewpie Dolls and Other Treasures: Art by Show Pigeon - Unlisted, Santa Ana CA, August 2018

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:

Mercado Los Olvidados 3 - Pskaufman, Los Angeles CA, September 2018

Gettin' Puggy in Kentuggy - Block Party Handmade, Louisville KY, August 2018

Tattoo: An Exhibition - Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles CA, November 2017 - April 2018

Mercado Los Olvidados 2 - 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