Laura Bonfanti, a tattooer, and the owner of CPTC, was born in St. Louis City and graduated from CVPA High School, class of 1991 where she majored in visual art, and minored in photography, creative writing and silversmithing. She began tattooing in 1996 when she realized she could take her interests in visual art, cultural anthropology, healing arts, and body adornment and combine them into work as a tattooer. Her career began under the apprenticeship of R. Hammer Madison and ‘Tatu’ Tony DiPietro. near Daytona, FL. It was here that she earned the nickname “BoraBoraLaura”.
When she moved back to St. Louis in 2010, she knew she wanted to be back home on the South Side for good. She is excited to welcome you to her studio in lovely SOHA. Her diversity of experience with many different, talented artists and varied clientele during her travels over the years have helped her hone her skills in a variety of styles and techniques. Custom work only, and no stand alone lettering with the except of traditional flash. Laura is focused on neo-traditional, both black and gray and color, black and gray ornamental, fineline/textural black and grey, neo-Japanese themes, and larger projects in general.
Lora was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. From an early age she realized she loved to draw and any platform where she could be creative. She moved to Austin in ‘02 to attend school, majoring in Art Metals. After she was done with school, she decided to apply her art training towards her true passion; tattooing. After moving from Austin, to Florida, to Colorado, Lora has landed back in St. Louis to be closer to family.
Lora has been tattooing solidly since 2013. She enjoys tattooing plants, animals, mandalas, outer space, and anything linework focused. Reflections of her enthusiasm for travel and music can be seen in her work. Lora has a weak spot for a good pun and a fascination with classic horror. She’s a great choice to commemorate your jokester at heart or to bring some monsters and gore into your life.
Maddy is a St. Louis hometown gal. She began tattooing in 2016 and quickly fell in love with the illustrative blackwork style she now specializes in. She has made a name for herself with her floral work, dark motifs, and detail-oriented pieces. Maddy joined Cousin Paul’s in 2019 works by appointment only. She’s open to other styles as well, so hit her up with your idea!
Amanda has been an artist her whole life. Drawing led to illustration, collage, painting, and then tattooing. She is fascinated with art as self expression, and believes the process of getting a tattoo can be a very personal and meaningful experience. Amanda is inspired by plants, animals, scenery, abstract art, and philosophy. Currently her focus is solely on custom original pieces that involve this theme of nature. Her tattoo work is typically colorful and soft, semi-realistic, with thin or minimal outline.
Currently, Amanda is in a time of transition and is not taking any new appointments. To keep up with Amanda and follow her work, visit her blog at bemycanvas.com
Mills hails from St. Louis and feels privileged to also have earned their BFA from Maryville University, which included an impactful study abroad program in Italy that has influenced much of their art. As a trans, non-binary artist, they strive to create safe spaces for their clients and to be both accessible and approachable. Mills is currently focused in the ignorant style of tattooing – mostly linework pieces with a rebellious, tongue-in-cheek vibe. Check out Mills’ Instagram (@needlegardens) for available flash designs or contact them for a custom piece that suits your sense of humor.
JJ has spent their time focusing on crafting large custom tattoos for their clientele. Drawn to Japanese and Classic Americana tattooing they’ve worked to incorporate their love of the golden age of illustration and Norse mythology throughout their work. Collaboration is key and they thrive on working to bring your ideas to life.