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Clara Cecilia Abnet holden



I am currently working at Painted Soul Art & Tattoos as a tattoo artist, I am taking appointments for custom and flash tattoos,  click the button below to book with me.


Clara is a tattoo and fine artist from Minnesota and Maryland currently living and working in NYC. She graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY in May 2020 with a BFA in Drawing and Ceramics.  She works in a variety of artistic mediums, predominantly drawings, ceramics and tattoos. Through her focus on self portraiture she hopes to bring new light to the female form (a subject that has long been seen through the male gaze) as well as explore her own struggles with mental illness.  Clara's latest series is a retelling of female monster myths, forcing viewers to question the classic hero villain-dynamic that has long vilified female power and glorified male violence.

Clara began tattooing in the fall of 2019 at Painted Soul Arts and enjoys tattooing illustrative realism, fineline, and sketch style designs. Some of her favorite subjects are animals and mythical creatures, but she enjoys inking all sorts of natural designs.  She is now exploring color and multi session pieces as she moves forward in her tattooing career.


Her ceramic work consists mostly of wheel thrown functional-ware, though she also dabbles in hand building and sculptural work. Recently she has been experimenting with making her own clay from scratch, and designing red and brown stoneware recipes for her Agateware pieces. (No new ceramics are in production at this moment because of studio access restrictions) 


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Drawing Major, Ceramics Minor                                                                                                                               May 2020

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY                                                                                                                                                    



-Tattoo Artist                                                                                                                                                                                       Apr 2019-Present

  Painted Soul Art & Tattoos, Montclair, NJ


-Ceramic Studio Assistant                                                                                                                                                              Aug 2019-May 2020

  Pratt Institute Ceramic Studio, Brooklyn, NY


“WisCon Art Show,” Concourse Hotel, Madison, WI                                                                                                                       May 27-30, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                               May 24-27, 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                               May 25-28, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                               May 26-29, 2017

                                                                                                                                                                                                               May 27-30, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                               May 22-25, 2015


“Protest Art Show and Poetry Reading,” Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY                                                                                            Apr 13-14, 2017


Yellow Barn Annual High School Art Exhibition, Glen Echo, MD                                                                                                     Mar 19-20, 2016


“VAC Revealed,” Gallery B, Bethesda, MD                                                                                                                                          Dec 2-26, 2015


Some Things To Know:

The animal remains (leather, skins, and bones) that I use in my works are all ethically sourced (as far as I can confirm)

All the pieces on this site are my own original work (some tattoos may come from reference material provided to me by my clients) please do not copy these images without permission

While most items are available to be shipped (domestically and internationally), select works are available only by pickup because of issues with weight and delicacy

Most of my ceramic works are food, microwave, and dishwasher safe but a select few are made with high metal glazes that are not safe for food (ask me when purchasing to be sure)

Shop my work Etsy and my designs on many items from Society6 and Redbubble or use the links below for my Facebook and Instagram pages.  I also am open to commissions if you have a specific idea you want realized in any medium, my email is or you can click the top right button to send me an email.

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