Shaun Nel was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. He moved with his family to Kansas City in 2000 and began tattooing in that city in 2001. A true world traveler, Shaun had tattooed in numerous places around the United States and across the globe. For two years he lived the life of an itinerant artist, tattooing out of a 32 foot motor home, after which he worked in some of the most acclaimed tattoo shops in Seattle and New York City before settling in at Atlas. Shaun is a dedicated and versatile artist with uncompromising standards and a gentlemanly demeanor. He is also a stickler for English grammar.

Instagram: @shauntheafrican

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