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There’s a new shop on the block – Super Bloom Tattoo Studio, owned and run by tattoo artist Braeden Córdova. Located just down the road at 102 Whitetail Drive, Ste. 200, San Marcos, Córdova hopes to bring the joy of tattoos from Austin to San Marcos.
“I’ve discovered a love for bringing other people’s ideas to light and it’s pretty therapeutic for both parties,” said Córdova.
Super Bloom Tattoo Studio opened its doors in early June, but Córdova is no stranger to San Marcos.
“I actually moved here in 2020, so moving my business from Austin to San Marcos brings me closer to home,” said Córdova. “It has been a dream opening a private studio and I’m glad to be sharing my art and making tattoos!”
Looking at Córdova’s Instagram (@ladycordovatattoos), it’s clear she’s mastered multiple different styles ranging from finely lined bouquets of flowers to anime. There’s even a wildly detailed Lego X-Wing tattoo on her page. She tattoos in both black, white and color so there’s truly no limit to what you can get.
“My art style is a mash-up of illustrative, blackwork, and neo-traditional,” said Córdova on her website, ladycordovatattoos.com. “I also love a manga panel or anime tattoo. It’s really just up to my mood.”
Córdova wasn’t always sure about becoming a tattoo artist – initially, she studied fine arts and even worked at the Museum of Art in Oklahoma City. However, as a lover of tattoos herself, she grew to appreciate it as an art form as she learned more about it.
“Tattooing has always been really important to me as a collector, but as a fine artist, I wasn’t immediately attracted to it as a career,” said Córdova. “I had a preconceived idea of what a tattoo was supposed to look like. So, when I learned artists could specialize in specific art styles, it really opened that close-minded door.”
If you’re interested in getting a tattoo but nervous about the process (I know I was), never fear – Córdova has a handy list of tips and tricks under the FAQ section on her website.
For clients nervous due to their pain tolerance, Córdova’s FAQ lists the following advice: “Get good rest the night before your appointment, indulge in a protein rich meal before coming in, avoid working out 24 hours before and after your appointment, and wear something super cozy, bring headphones, or a little snack.”
For anyone worried about the tattoo aftercare process, Córdova has an extremely helpful list of do’s and don’ts: “Do: wear sunscreen to protect your ink and leave a review! Don’t: let your pets near your fresh tattoos, swim or submerge your ink (for up to 3 weeks), [and avoid] tanning beds and heavy sun exposure (for up to 3 weeks, or forever).”
Tattoo-loving San Martians can request a consultation and book an appointment at ladycordovatattoos.com or follow Córdova’s journey on Instagram. Super Bloom Tattoo Studio is open every Friday and Saturday, from 10 AM to 7 PM.
Written by: kadencemakenna