Erik Payne

My name is Erik Payne. I apprenticed under Russel Myers at Electric Dragon Tattoo which at the time was the one and only shop in Boise Idaho from 1986-1988. After his incarceration I ran the shop by myself for several years. Upon his return, I departed. I have owned Inkvision Tattoo since 1990. In 1999 I took my one and only apprentice Travis Berg, a great drawer, solid tattooer, and tactical joker who twelve years later is still my right hand man, visual adviser and life coach. His dedication to his craft motivates me daily.

I came into tattooing and my apprenticeship like a lot guys my age from the local punk rock scene, doing fliers, record covers, painting jackets, and drawing tattoos for my friends. I was also influenced by my love of underground comics in general and Greg Irons, Jack Jaxon, Rand Holmes and Robert Williams specifically. I still remember the first Tattoo magazine I ever bought, with Bill Loika on the cover and an article on Greg Irons. I’m sure some of you know it.

Most of the tattoos we do at our shop are on the larger side, and we are fortunate to have a lot of return clientele who understand what makes a good tattoo. Tattooing is an unregulated industry where I live so from one shop in the eighties to over thirty in the phone book this year, we endeavor to persevere.

I get to do a lot of larger pieces both oriental and occidental, monochromatic and polychromatic, religious and sacrilegious. I get to work every day with three great tattooers; Travis Berg, Mike Wiensz, and Kendall Vader. I love my job.


Travis Berg

Travis Berg has a bold, distinctive style of tattooing deeply rooted in the art forms classic styles. His work is easily recognizable by the high contrast balance of black and his choices of color, and his line work which flows smoothly yet also strikes the viewer with its action and movement. His paintings are dark and elegant, and conjure a sense of welcoming doom and beautiful torment. Come see him for the coolest tattoo you'll ever have, or to buy a painting that will make your living room feel like the Devil's weekend getaway home. 


Friends and Former Artists

After over a decade of tattooing alongside Erik Payne and Travis Berg Mike has moved on to Born Weird Tattoo along with former Inkvision Alumni / Veteran Kendall Vader.

Here's the new shop info for both of them....

Born Weird Tattoo

1713 Broadway Avenue, just North of the intersection of Broadway and Boise Avenues, right next door to Junkyard Jeans. 208-342-2428

Mike's new email is

Please contact him there about any current work or any future questions. It's a big job moving all the emails and appointments to the new shop. Thanks in advance for helping the trasition go smoothly.

All appointments, deposits, and gift certificates made out to Mike will still be honored and are are still 100% valid.

Best of luck, good wishes and thank you's all around.

Darcy Nutt

Virginia Elwood

Brian Basabe

Heiko Gantenberg



Travis Berg's Palm Tattoo 1

Travis Berg's Palm Tattoo 2

Erik Payne's Back Piece #4

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