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My name is Joe Garza and I have been tattooing since the age of 15. My specialties include portraits, cover-ups, and custom one of a kind tattoos. It is so important to me that every client is satisfied with the tattoo experience from beginning to end. I believe when a person decides to get a tattoo, it should be a memorable experience.

My motto is, “create what people dream and bring it to life, so the tattoo can be a dream come true.” It is because of this that I am known as the, “The Dream Maker” around the Golden Needle shop.

Passionate, creative and focused.

Joe Garza

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Golden Needle Tattoo Studio is the first established tattoo studio in the FM Area, opening in 1983! We are the BEST and strive to create and make your tattoo dreams a reality! Our artists are talented and have shown themselves to be among the most creative in the industry. Over the past nine years we have experienced unbelievable growth and has developed a large following, not only in the Fargo, ND and Moorhead, MN areas but all over the United States!  


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I have been doing art all of my life. Drawing is my earliest clear memory from childhood. Creating art has never been a choice for me.  It has been a driving force, like breathing. Without art, there is no life. I have a commercial art degree, from MAVTI (today known as MState) as well as a BFA from Moorhead State.

I feel strongly about continuing education, both as a learning experience, as well as an inspirational and rejuvenating opportunity.   I hold numerous certificates of accomplishment from the many seminars that I have attended. I started Golden Needle Tattoo in 1983, when the thought of tattoos had hardly even entered people’s minds.

In 2009 I had the wonderful pleasure of Joe Garza coming into my life. We became business partners. I eventually transferred the business to Joe. Now, I can do what I have always loved to do. Tattoo and create.

Anita Retired at the end of 2020, but her impact on this industry will last forever. As the founder of the Golden Needle, she will always be the reason we are here doing what we do best- creating art. Anita is now focused solely on her career in the fine arts, and will be continuing to create as she always has.

Anita Burbeck - Founder

I've been drawing since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2018 with a BFA in Studio Art, Emphasis in Drawing.

I'm passionate about art and nature, and try to replicate nature as precisely as I can in my work. I strive for realism in a variety of subject matters, but my favorite is portraits, both of people and pets, because I love the challenge it provides. It takes a great deal of attention to detail to capture one's likeness and emotion, and I pride myself on being able to do that in my work. In addition to realism, I am happy to take on any style of art my client may want.

Brennen Stotts

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Tyler Straw

Tyler Straw has been tattooing for 11 years, and has a great eye for crisp clean linework and traditional designs. He specializes in original pieces with unique stories based on clients' experiences. He values not only the designs and styles, but the longevity of the tattoos he creates.

If you have a design with a personal meaning and can’t quite put it together yourself, Tyler’s your guy! Schedule a consultation with him and you can leave your worries at the door while he creates the perfect masterpiece you’ve been envisioning.

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Shelly Elissa

Shelly has made tattooing a great focus in her life in the past couple of years, but before that art was always a driving force. Her art especially shines when it comes to color. Whether it be watercolor, cartoon characters, realistic color flowers or anything in between, it’s clear to anyone that she runs the color game.

While many people come to her for her bright colors and bubbly personality, you’ll soon come to find that her expertise and creativity make her a trustworthy artist who you’ll be coming back to for years to come

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