A true local, Shawn was born in DC and raised in Hyattsville next to the train tracks on the property that is now Busboys and Poets and The Palette Apts. After tattooing in the area for 20 years, in June of 2018 he opened Whistle Stop Studio with his wife Michelle. Shawn enjoys tattooing classic American and Asian designs, fishing, cycling, hops, cast iron and good times. He has sung in punk bands since his teenage years and is currently the lead vocalist in the bands Dag Nasty, Red Hare & P.O.A.
Brian Edward was born and raised on the Jersey Shore, where he began his art career as a graffiti artist. He soon taught himself graphic design and translated his adoration for street art into an independent clothing company. Brian worked for over ten years as a freelance graphic designer, designing print and media materials for musicians.
Brian lives in Washington, DC with his wife, pitbull, and a collection of plants. He is a tattoo apprentice under Shawn Brown at Whistle Stop. He takes inspiration from classic tattoo designs, spiritual imagery and icons, and progressive ideologies.
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