Mecca Tattoo is an artist owned shop located in historic downtown Mankato. The shop features eight artists who can provide a truly custom experience. All artists are independent contractors.
Artist and owner Megan Hoogland is an international award-winning tattooist with over 20 years experience. Various artists offer consultations free of charge to those with ideas they want to see come to life.
To make an appointment, please email the shop at email@example.com
with the following information:
1. A detailed description of what you would like to get.
2. Where on your body the tattoo will be placed. (Please use specific descriptions such as ‘upper bicep’, ‘lower left ribcage, ‘right ankle’, etc.)
3. Size of the tattoo in INCHES. (width and height)
4. Artist preference, if any.
5. Reference images for the designs, please tell us if you’re looking for the exact design, or a custom redraw.
6. Any changes or alterations to reference images. (Such as different font, change in colors, additional wording, etc.)
7. If you are looking for text/script, please tell us what font you would like to use. You can browse www.dafont.com for ideas and send them our way.
NEWS & EVENTS
--CONVENTION APPERANCES 2023--
-Salt Lake City Tattoo Convention-
(March 17 - March 19)
Kelly Bunde and Kelsey Allore
-Middle of the Map Convention-
(April 14 - April 16)
Kelly Bunde, Kelsey Allore, and Tom Earhart
-- BEWARE OF SCAMMERS --
Somethings to remember/be made aware of with booking with our shop:
- Quoting and booking will NEVER be done over DM’s, everything is run through our shop email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or individual artists emails!
- Deposits will EXCLUSIVELY be taken either in shop or by calling the shop!! NEVER by Venmo/Cashapp/PayPal!
- We keep an active list of all of the artists at our shop on our website! If you’re curious if an artist works with us just check out the website or reach out to us on the official Mecca Tattoo social media pages!
--THESE NUMBERS ARE FOR EXISTING
For all other questions please give the shop a call at:
Artist Contact #s:
John D: 507-519-0819
Tom: Please call the shop upon arrival
Please text your artist when you arrive for your appointment or consultation.
MEET THE CREW
all artists are independent contractors
Thomas Dale Earhart Jr.
Thomas Dale Earhart Jr has 12 years of experience under his belt. He came straight out of Fairmont, MN wrapped in a loin cloth. He floated upstream to the big city, and then there was a big fire and he ran away into the woods where we found him. Cold. Hungry and naked. We took him in, under our wing and taught him to be civilized. He learned to love and be a part of a family and minivans.
He enjoys creating Neo traditional pieces. He’s always striving to improve his craft and has became a very well rounded artist. Tom brings a unique skill set to Mecca, along with The Most Majestic Mustache in all of Minnesota.
Trent Wyczawski has been tattooing for the past 15 years in Baltimore, MD. In addition to traditional tattooing, for the past 5 years he has specialized in medical tattooing for breast cancer survivors as a member of the Vinnie Myers team. Helping women and men complete the last step in their cancer reconstruction.
Please email him directly at email@example.com for information on reconstructive tattooing.
Just so you know-- he has a bold passion for Mountain Dew and peanut butter. He also knows EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING.
If a cat mom could be personified, it would be Kelsey. Giving birth to her oldest cat daughter Whinny 12 years ago. Expanding her family by 24 paws since then. Recently also adopting the title as dog mom. In regards to her tattooing, She adores all things animal and floral! Kelsey has been with Mecca for 8 years, and tattooing for 3 years! She is our most recently graduated apprentice. To book with Kelsey you can email the shop at
With over 20 years of experience, Megan has made quite a name for herself as one of the top female tattoo artists in the United States. Working diligently on the convention circuit and being featured in numerous magazines worldwide, Megan still awes her fans with her uncanny attention to detail.
I am not taking on many new clients, so please be understanding if I decline to take on your project. ALL INQUIRIES are now being routed through firstname.lastname@example.org, so please email them a detailed description of what you're wanting, size and placement info, and any photos you have for reference. If it is a project I am interested in taking on I will get ahold of you within two weeks to discuss pricing and get you on the waiting list, which is over a year right now. If I feel that a different artist would be a better fit, the shop will reach out to you with that info.
As a native to the Mankato area, Kelly Bunde spent the first part of her career as a professional graphic designer. Her skills as an illustrator translated well into her work as a professional tattooer, drawing custom pieces for each client.
Kelly started tattooing in 2010, and was drawn towards detailed, bold color work. Her style has since been transformed into large scale patterns, drawing from mandala, henna, and sacred geometry sources to create a style of her own. Aside from her speciality work she loves to tattoo anyone and everyone, well known for her sparkling personality and being able to take any idea and customize it for the client.
John Dickinson has been tattooing for over 20 years and specializes in custom black and grey work and realism! He can take any design given to him and make it his own. With a loyal customer following, John stays busy doing what he loves : tattooing, playing video games, and spending time with his growing family.
John keeps us on our toes by being relentlessly annoying and listening to alien podcasts. We don’t know what we’d do without him.
Damien is the newest resident artist here at Mecca Tattoo! He has been tattooing for over 15 years. He specializes in large scale Japanese/Chinese traditional pieces; also enjoys doing large scale black and grey and color pieces. When he's not tattooing at the shop you can often find him harassing our bearded dragon and being bitten as a result!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the process for getting a tattoo?
First, email the shop at email@example.com with a DESCRIPTION of what you’re wanting along with SIZE, PLACEMENT, AND BUDGET info, and any REFERENCE PHOTOS you have of examples style, content, or anything that will help you get across what you’re wanting done:)
Can I talk to an artist?
Our artists stay busy tattooing but we have receptionists that would love to help you! We can talk to you about all of the details of your designs, get quotes on price from the artists, and get you scheduled for appointments. Their job is to gather information to set you up with the right artist, and if after that they feel like a consultation with an artist is needed, they will help you set that up also.
Can I reschedule my appointment?
If you need to reschedule for any reason, that’s no problem - we just ask for notice of A MINIMUM OF 48 hours before your appointment time! You may be eligible for ONE reschedule. The goal for everyone involved is to get you in here and get you tattooed! In the event your reschedule doesn’t work out, you will lose your deposit and will need to leave another to get your appointment on the books once again.
What is the shop minimum for any tattoo?
Why do I have to leave a deposit?
This is to assure the artist won’t be losing out on the income they’re expecting for the day and sitting around the shop with no customers! If our artist are not working they are not making money, and its difficult to fill open spots for them at the last minute if someone does not show up for their appt. Deposits are $100 for most appointments, and $300 for full day appointments.
DEPSOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
Can someone draw this for me so I can see it before I decide?
Our goal is to get to the point in the process that you and your artist are on the same page with what you are wanting and the size it needs to be, and to make sure that you trust your artist enough to take your ideas and translate it into at tattoo that you will love. At that point we do ask for a $100 non refundable deposit which holds your appointment and goes to the cost of your tattoo. Another consultation appointment can be made at that point to see the drawing and make any changes.
Should I pay with cash or card?
Either is totally fine! However, if you'd like to pay with a card there is a 3% processing fee added onto your purchase.