Current News

Paw Print Project 2012!

Oct 10, 2012

We’re running our machines again this year to fund raise for The Coalition to Unchain Dogs! Come in during October 13th through Oct. 20th to get any dog related tattoo and we’ll donate all the proceeds to the Coalition. We’re kicking the event off with a table at their Music for Fences concert this Saturday.
We’ve also drawn up a few pages of flash just for the event which you can find on our facebook page!

Indy Best of Party!

Jun 8, 2012

This Saturday we will be downtown at the American Tobacco Campus for the Independent’s Best of Party. 25 lucky people have chance to get a nostril piercing for free. It’s our way of saying “thanks” for voting us as a finalist for Best Tattoo Shop and Best Place to get Pierced. Come early to sign up, as the list always fills up fast! Look for our tent on the lawn.

Science Ink!

Jan 13, 2012

Friday, January 20th from 2 until 5pm. As part of the ScienceOnline2012 convention, Carl Zimmer will be at Dogstar for a book signing celebrating his new publication Science Ink. We’re welcoming visiting scientists from the convention for an afternoon of science based tattooing, and Carl will be giving a presentation on his book. Here’s a link talking about the book and you can find Kathryn’s work on slide #4.

Tattoo for Japan Raffle

Jul 13, 2011

Enter to win a $100 tattoo session.  All proceeds to benefit our fund raising efforts! Click on this link to buy raffle tickets for a $100 tattoo session through Paypal. Click the left picture for one ticket or click the right picture for 5 tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at the party prior to the drawing. You don’t have to be at the party to win. Maneki Neko, also known as the beckoning cat, wishes you luck!

Tattoo for Japan Benefit Party

Jul 10, 2011
Friday, July 15th we’ll be wrapping up our fund raising project to aid earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan. We’re ready to make our donation! Since April we’ve been offering a small kanji for only $20, all of which is being donated to the fund. Friday night will be the last evening to make your contribution through Dogstar. Join us for an event filled evening including a traditional Japanese tea presentation, a calligraphy demonstration, a Taiko performance (Japanese drums), and a Kendo demonstration provided by Triangle Kendo and Iaido. Throughout the evening you can still participate in the kanji project, partake in local food trucks, visit artist studios and sip on free beer and wine. Hope to see you there!


Jun 15, 2011

Come help us celebrate!  We’re finally open for business in our permanent space at Golden Belt. Join us Friday, June 17th between 6 and 11pm for an event packed evening! We are honored to have Beverly Botsford’s group ‘Drums Alive’ kick off the evening as Center Studio Architecture and Dogstar staff present our new space. Center Studio is serving their signature 5 Points martinis while Dogstar assists Dave Alsbrook’s raffle  for an art auction including a $100 tattoo session from Dogstar. Find out more details on Dave’s super cool project by searching ‘New Neighbors’ on facebook. We’re also still working on our own project Tattoo for Japan throughout the evening. Party outside as we take over the visitor parking lot for the night to host two other bands that are graciously playing for our opening; Beloved Binge and Blood Red River in that order. Many thanks to them for playing! Fullsteam will be there serving Rocket Science IPA, El Toro Creme Ale, and Hogwash hickory smoked porter free to the party attendants! Parlez Vous Crepe, The Parlour, and Only Burger will be on site selling a variety of fabulous food truck fare. Remember to bring cash as they aren’t set up to take cards. We also have activities planned outside for those of you bringing kids, temporary tattoos, sidewalk chalk, water guns, etc. Additionally, our party coincides with a third Friday at Golden Belt so you can tour the artist studio spaces with  many of them present to greet the public. If you want to stay current, visit our Dogstar Tattoo facebook page. We’ll be posting  party updates as they develop!

A sincere thanks goes out to every one who made this move and big throw-down possible!  -Kathryn

Moving on Monday June 13th!

Jun 11, 2011

We’ll finally be moving into our permanent space at Golden Belt this Monday. We’ll be closed until 5pm. Tuesday the 14th. Come check out the new space!

Tattoo for Japan

Apr 7, 2011

Hey all. We’ve teamed up with Stephanie Tippett of  The Love Shack in Creedmoor. Both shops have thrown our time and resources towards those in need in Japan! We are offering the kanji symbol for love for only $20. This is half our normal minimums in hopes that you will come in to participate. All proceeds are going to the Red Cross which is currently housing a huge number of people. Please call the shop for details and an appointment or at least pass the word along! Thanks to Stephanie for the great idea.

Indy Giveaway!

Feb 8, 2011

We’re giving away a $100 gift certificate on the Independent’s site in the Free Stuff and Promos section under Giveaways. Can be used for either a tattoo or piercing and can be split for two people to share. Enter at the address below and good luck!

Party at the Pinhook!

Dec 15, 2010

307 Knox and Dogstar will be hosting a benefit party for the Durham Rescue Mission downtown at the Pinhook, Dec. 17th /7:30pm. DJ Dude Femme is doing a mash up of local artists followed by Nick D-50 v.s. Hard Science.

We’re raffling off a $300 tattoo session, vinyl, Fullsteam messenger bag and a skate package from ratStar Skateshop. Local beer on tap. We’re closing the shop at 6pm so join us downtown!