photo by Aaron Codling Photography
“We are literally putting “medicine” in the form of images and symbols, INTO people’s bodies. This work can be quite profound and life changing for those who chose to engage in it with deep intention and a desire to manifest positive change in their lives. ” EH 2018
Esmé began tattooing in 1995, while attending the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Soon after that, she became immersed in study of the history, culture, and art of tattoo.
Inspired, she returned to Vermont, where she grew up, to pursue this work professionally. She obtained an apprenticeship at the tattoo parlor that was then named “Body Art,” located in the Capital City of Montpelier. In 2003, Esmé acquired her tattooist’s license from the State of Vermont, and after much planning and hard work, opened Venus Tattoos in February of 2009. Esmé is known for her extreme attention to detail and reverence for the ancient healing art form of tattooing. Esmé closed Venus Tattoos early in 2011 to stay home and care for her prematurely born twins Jack and Balin, along with their older brother Leroy. In September of 2017 Esmé re-opened under Sacred Vessel Tattoo as the sole owner and artist, apprenticing her son Leroy.
Esmé is currently working on custom and intuitive tattoos in close relationship with her clients. It is her belief that the process of tattooing can be a powerful healing and transformative experience. When working in alignment with spirit and source love energy, tattoo becomes a portal into both the energy body and physical body of the recipient, a portal through which one can release trapped unhelpful energies, thus making space for new helpful energies to enter. It is her hope to help facilitate positive transformation for her clients in whatever area of their lives they are looking to shift with awareness, on their path of becoming their fully actualized, best possible selves.