RETIRED and CLOSED studio MAY 2018




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Alfie created Award-winning artistic Tattoos and custom designs for clients; including sleeve work and full back work. He also built custom tattoo machines and created artwork in other mediums.

Marks of the Spark Tattoos

Award-winning Tattoos 

Twenty-eight Awards

What's in a name?

'Marks' (tattoos) of the 'Spark' (spirit)

Retired 2018


Marks of the Spark Tattoos was a two person studio for 25 years with Artists/co-owners Alfie and Margie (husband & wife team).  Background includes Maryland Institute College of Art.


 "One of the best tattoo experiences I've ever come across...have recommended over and over again.  Don't worry about lingering for a walk in - you will have to make an appointment  - often weeks or months in advance. Well worth it."

 "This shop is wonderful... I brought in pictures with ideas and Alfie was able to put it together into a tattoo better than I expected.  He is a wonderful artist." 


  • After 25+ busy years in our original location, we retired in May 2018.
  • A new owner of the building let us know he would be turning our studio into offices for his construction company. It wasn't feasible to relocate after twenty-five years and close to retirement, so we retired in 2018.
  • Many Thanks to our clients over the years.  It was great to meet and work with everyone!.


  • Universal Precautions
  • All work in compliance with State and Federal Health regulations
  • Aseptic technique
  • Professional, sterile, single-use materials 
  • Single-use, disposable: apron, sleeves and nitrile gloves.  
  • Single-use, disposable protective barriers  for tattoo machines, etc
  • Sterile bandage 
  • Printed  handout for complete 'after care' information
  • Health Department inspected and approved 


*Drawing fee is non-refundable. Drawings are for work at Marks of the Spark and are held on file for three months. All drawings are property of Marks of the Spark Tattoos.

*Client's reference material must be picked up by client on 'drawing ready' date (shown on signed drawing form) or on date of tattoo appointment.  Marks of the Spark Tattoos is not responsible for material left past these dates.

*Appointment deposit is non-refundable and is usually applied to cost of tattoo. Deposit is forfeited if client does not reschedule appointment (with min. 24 hr. advance notice) to a date within three months of the original appointment date. 

*One Free touch-up, if needed, after following 'care of' handout instructions. For touch-up, set up within 4-6 weeks after original date of work. 

All clients must be 18 + with current State photo ID.

*All Gift certificates were used or had already expired before studio closed.

Marks of the Spark Tattoos is not responsible for unforeseen circumstances for clients, the studio, or choices made by clients; that results in work not completed. 

Notices re: retiring/closing studio were posted on website and social media, as well as at the studio and on forms for clients, Forms included signed appointment/drawing forms, signed consent-waiver forms, as well as 'care of'' and 'touch-up' forms.

* Time frames were coordinated with date for closing studio