TATTOO ARTIST/BODY PIERCER
Darrin opened Blue Star Tattoos & Body Piercing with one goal in mind: to give the modified world a great clean studio, so they can get their body modifications done in a safe, clean environment; to carry the top brands names in the industry of body jewelry, and to educate the world about modified people. When he's not talking to people about body modification, you can find him piercing or tattooing someone.
Darrin is a long time volunteer for the APP, and a former member of the Membership Committee and Legislation Committee. He has represented the APP at the American College Health Association (ACHA), educating college nurses about body piercing and how the organization can be a resource to them. At their annual educational conference he leads round table discussions, teaches classes, mentors, and is part of the Volunteer Underground. Darrin has also written articles for the APP's quarterly magazine, The Point.
Darrin is involved with the Bay Area Piercers Group; sometimes hosting meetings for the group. He also does his civic duty as a committee member of Concord. Past President of the downtown business community, and the TSBA (Todos Santos Business Association). Darrin does business consulting, advising body modification businesses, and is also a public speaker at local events and conferences, promoting the safety of body modification. He is always willing to discuss, answer questions, and help at anytime. Darrin has worked with the Contra Costa County Health Department to educate inspectors about body modification and has an open door policy with them.
Darrin has been a proud member of the APP (Association of Professional Piercers), APT (Association of Professional Tattooists), NTA (National Tattooing Association) since 1996, and Core (Constructs of Ritual Evolution) since 2008.
Nicole Joy Miller
Established in this shared reality on January, nineteenth, nineteen seventy six. Discovered the ability to draw at five years of age. Spent just enough time in Colleges for the Arts to learn what hard work can accomplish. Was given the opportunity to tattoo in the summer of my twentieth year. Fourteen years later sold a successful tattoo shop and cast a ship west for California. I have come to California with a deep and profound respect for what I do. I live in a way that is in total accordance with producing the finest possible work. I am constantly fine tuning myself, my skills, and my art. It is my hope that my portfolio speaks well for all these things.
Ronnie Shaffer has over 6 years of tattooing experience. Hailing from the Northern California town of Auburn. He currently tattoos in the following styles: Japanese, Neo Traditional, and Back & Grey. In our opinion Ronnie does amazing lettering work. Ronnie likes to focus on custom and large scale tattoos.
Zach Charchuck is a welcome addition to the talented staff at Blue Star Tattoos. Since his childhood, art has played a large role in his life. With eight years experience as a professional tattooer, Zach enjoys the bold and bright images of classic Americana folk art. These timeless images show through in his tattoos, as he lends his own style and finesse to add a bit of modern influences. Large or small, he enjoys creating custom designs that are bright, bold, and designed to stand the test of time.
Tiana has been piercing at Blue Star Tattoos since 2007, and is a proud member of the Association of Professional Piercers. She offers an in-depth knowledge of the jewelry offered at the shop & enjoys making suggestions on customizing piercings to individual anatomy with the goal of showcasing extraordinary jewelry. Her knowledge and passion for body modification is unsurpassed.
Pablo Perelmuter is the friendly new addition to our talented piercing staff! He works Wednesday & Thursdays, and is bilingual in Spanish. Growing up in Argentina, Pablo has been passionate about body modification since he was a young teenager. Piercing professionally since 2001, Pablo has not only been employed in Buenos Aires, but in many studios across the world before calling the United States his home. Constantly furthering his own education, Pablo has attended seminars, workshops, and conferences around the world. Pablo loves the science involved with body piercing, with a special interest in jewelry biocompatibility, anodizing titanium, and sterilization technique. Pablo is also an Active APP member.
Shana relocated from Ohio to the Bay Area in early 2017, and joined the staff at Blue Star in April of 2017. Her love of body modification started in the 80’s, and continues today. She began piercing professionally in 2001. Shana is passionate about body art, suspension, music, animals, and loves the outdoors. She has been attending the Association of Professional Piercers conference since 2014, continuing her education, and volunteering as an Audio/Visual team member at the event.
You can find her at Blue Star Tuesdays, and alternating Wednesdays.