Pain and Wonder Staff

Tattoo Artists

 

Mike Groves
Mike Groves
Mike Groves came to Athens to attend UGA and stayed! He started at P & W in 2001, worked the front counter for two years and then begun his adventure as a tattooist. In 2008 Mike attended his first convention in Salt Lake City, UT and that opened up a whole new art opportunity for him. He now enjoys traveling around the country working at different tattoo and comic book/horror conventions selling his art work and stalking BSG actors.

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JP
JP
Hey, I’m JP. I grew up in a small town in Southern California, I’ve been with Pain & Wonder for a little over 2 years. I grew up watching my dad paint and draw up comic books so naturally I was interested in art too. I became interested in tattooing after being surrounded by tattoo culture through being a musician for around 7 years. I already knew that I loved drawing and creating so I saw being a tattooer as way of doing what I love and being able to make a career out of it. My style is very much rooted in what influenced me as a kid, whether it be cartoons or comic books I try too blend pop art elements with some traditional tattoo elements but I still feel like I’m discovering and experimenting with new styles all the time.

View JP’s Gallery Here

Piercers

Bethrah Szumski
Bethrah Szumski
Bethrah has been tattooing since 1994. She received her tattoo apprenticeship from former husband Cap Szumski. After moving with him to Atlanta in late 1994 she both apprenticed and helped open ‘Timeless Tattoo’…

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Randy Smyre
Randy Smyre
Randy has been piercing since 1995 and came to work for Pain and Wonder in 2000. He is a long time member of the APP. He enjoys doing unique, technical ear work and collecting interesting jewelry for his clients.
Bato Veljkov
Bato Veljkov
Hello there! My name is Bato Veljkov and i have been a professional piercer since 2010. Body piercing gained interest with me during my early teen years and i’ve always been attracted to the unique individuals who modified themselves with piercings and other body art. I love and respect piercing and will do all in my power to give you an absolutely positive experience during our time together. Whether it’s your first time or you’re a hardened veteran to the needle i will be sure to guide you through all the steps and answer any questions to the best of my ability.

I also enjoy long walks on the beach and homemade cookies, but enough about me!

Office

Carolyn Rittweger
Carolyn Rittweger