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About Us

Sanctuary Pittsburgh is a LGBTQ+ and woman owned tattoo parlor and vintage shop.

Tattoos are painful but the experience shouldn’t be. For years tattooing has been a male-dominated industry, and there has been a long history of misogyny and bigotry. Clients have shared experiences of sexual harassment, aggressive or off-putting comments, lack of compassion, misconduct or other traumatic experiences. At Sanctuary, we offer a warm and inviting space for tattooing. Our mission is to reclaim our bodies as sacred spaces while creating art and self-love by offering a safe, private environment for anyone regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation.

Sanctuary will never stop working toward a better representation in the tattoo industry.

Our goal is to facilitate personal growth in a comfortable, judgement-free environment. We believe that we can heal and improve ourselves. Everyone is welcome to find inner peace and healing on a physical, mental, and spiritual level by reclaiming our bodies as sacred spaces whether it is through tattooing, fashion, or art.

We aim to break typical gender roles in vintage fashion, creating a new and progressive modern look. Clothing shouldn’t define a person’s sexual orientation or gender. Instead, fashion should be a form of art and self-expression, blurring the lines between men’s and women’s clothing and breaking gender norms by embracing our own styles!

Sanctuary offers refuge to anyone who wants to better their life.

Photography by Jay Pittenger

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