Oldest tattoo shop in the state of Louisiana.
Owned by Jacci Gresham.
Jacci holds a unique place in the evolving tattoo culture as one of the first African American Woman to do tattooing. Her shop, Aart Accent Tattoos & Body Piercing, is Louisiana's oldest continuous tattoo business.
As with most visitors who come to New Orleans and fall in love the people, Jacci and her friend Ali had felt the same during their visit. After losing their jobs in Michigan and drawing unemployment of $53.00 a week, the two thought New Orleans would give them a new start. Ali was already trained in tattooing and proceeded to train Jacci over a period of years in the art of tattooing and design. This life changing move down to New Orleans happened back in 1976.
There were no small copiers and plastic stencils back in the 70's. Tattoos had to be hand draw then inked. Most of the clientele were bikers and military. Also few woman were tattooed unless their husbands helped and approved of the design.
Once Jacci had some years of tattoo design experience completed, she traveled around the country and had some awesome tattoo designs put on her body. Back in 1979 she had Ed Hardy to tattoo a design for her wrist.
As business grew so did the locations. There was the French Quarter, St. Claude 9th Ward, and also Lafayette, Louisiana. As the years moved forward and the clients grew, Jacci's lost her beloved partner and friend Ali.
After Hurricane Katrina, the St. Claude store was closed due to bad water damage. The French Quarter location was remodeled and given new life. Jacci was honored in 2011 by SalonLocators.com as a Pioneer of Female Tattoo Artists.
Jacci still manages and tattoos from her New Orleans French Quarter Shop. Jacci is one the best correction and color tattoo artist in the US. When people around the world say go the Tattoo Shop across from the French Quarter they mean Jacci's Aart Accent Tattoos.