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Oak & Iron is a full-service salon & modern electric tattoo shop in downtown Buffalo, NY.
We aren’t your average salon or tattoo shop. We passionately provide a safe space for people of all religions, races, genders and sexual orientations. Our artists strive to raise the standard of safety and professionalism in both tattoo shops and salons alike. We are committed to giving back to our community, providing cruelty-free options, offering educational programs to help grow our trade, and much more!

Our Values

Raising the Standard

All of our tattoo artists and salon staff has completed a professional Bloodborne Pathogen Control Class. This means that we know the absolute safest and cleanest way to tattoo.

Giving Back

Our community is an integral part of our business. You’ll find a lot of our events are collaborations with other businesses in Buffalo whose ethics align with our own.


We offer constant education to all of our staff and community to grow in their trade. Classes and workshops for the public are in the near future as well.

Safe Space

We welcome all religions, all races, all countries of origins, all sexual orientations and all genders. We stand with you, you are safe here. ​


We actively choose ingredients from companies that don’t commission tests on animals. We offer vegan options for both hair and nails and even have 100% vegan tattooing options.

Our Team

Ashley Soper

Owner // Hair Stylist // MUA // Microblade & Tattoo Artist

With over 14 years of experience in all things hair & makeup, she has grown her craft from Buffalo to Los Angeles and back. Ashley is a Redken Certified colorist, Master Certified Bellami Extension Specialist, and a Makeup Designory Certified MUA.

Krista Reid

Head Tattoo Artist

Krista Reid has been tattooing for 15 years, taking a small break in between to earn degrees in psychology and neuroscience. Krista has tattooed a range of subject matters and styles but now focuses primarily on color realism and illustrative pieces

Jacinda Riggs

Hair Stylist // Salon Manager

Jacinda has been in the beauty industry for 8 years and with Oak & Iron for 3.5 years. She is heavily versed in balayage, blonding, and corrective coloring. Jacinda is a Certified Bellami Extension Specialist offering Micro links, K-tips & Tape-Ins.

Patti Paynter

Master Hair Stylist & Educator

With 20 years of experience, Patti is a Master Hair Stylist and Educator. She is Bellami Extension certified. Patti survives daily on Red Bull and hot fries.

Jeff Brock

Tattoo Artist

Jeff has been tattooing for 4 years. He utilizes over 20 years of drawing experience to fuel his passion for creating custom pieces for his clients. Jeff can tattoo in a variety of styles but predominantly black and grey.


Hair Stylist

Enzo specializes in short and barbered haircuts. He has an educational background from The Salon Professional Academy. Enzo is certified in Babe Tape-In Extensions. In his spare time he loves to indulge in horror movies.

Taylor Naumovski

Hair Stylist

Taylor is a WNY local born and raised with 7 years experience behind the chair. Taylor specializes in all things hair color. Lived in color, balayage, blonding and vivids make her heart happy.

Derek Sheehan

Tattoo Artist

With over 16 years of experience, Derek enjoys working in a variety of styles with a primary focus on fine line black work. He loves working with his clients to create custom pieces. Derek's Portfolio and merch can be found on

Kaylee Carey

Hair Stylist // Makeup Artist

Kaylee specializes in creative color as well as in vintage and pin up styles. She first started her career in hair at BOCES. Kaylee is certified with Babe Tape-In Extensions. In her spare time Kaylee enjoys antique shopping!


Hair Stylist // Tooth Gems

Bella specializes in color correction and vivid colors, bridal as well as tooth gems. She has an education and background through Empire Beauty as well as being Wella, Oribe and Tooth Kandy certified.


Master Nail Artist

With over 5 years of experience, Sam is focused on maintaining the health of the natural nail no matter the style. With a passion for nail art, you'll want to come for the nails and stay for the vibes!


Master Nail Artist

Melissa has been a nail tech for over 5 years and taught Nail Speciality for a year. Melissa offers classic or gel manicure and pedicures. Including gel extensions and creative sessions!


Hair Stylist

Tori has over 2 years experience behind the chair and specializes in blonding and vivid colors. She graduated from Leons School Of Beauty. Tori loves to travel around the country in her spare time.


Nail Artist

Shannon graduated from the Continental School of Beauty. She specializes in nail services. Shannon loves her dog and spending time outdoors!


Hair Stylist // Nail Artist

Erin has over one year of experience as a junior stylist. She loves doing blondes, vivid colors and anything to bring out her and her clients creative side.

Julia Sonner

Hair Stylist

Julia has over 12 years experience in the art of hair. Specializing in haircutting and fantasy colors. She has an educational background through Leon Studio One. Julia admits that she has never seen a Star Wars movie.

Emily Jones

Master Lash Tech

Emily has been in the industry since 2014 and lashing since 2017. She has mastered the art of lashes by completing multiple training courses to expand her education. She focuses on providing your desired look & also maintaining natural lash health.


Hair Stylist

Originally from New Jersey, Kay specializes in blonding, vivids, and lived-in color. Certified in beaded-weft and tape-in extensions. She has an education from Salon Academy of New Jersey.

Grace Corley

Hair Stylist

Grace specializes in creative and fantasy colors. She has an educational background through Ormsby in East Aurora, NY. Grace has lived in 5 different states and enjoyed living in Colorado the most.

Tessa Sparks

Hair Stylist

Tessa specializes in highlighting and blending. She has an education and background through Continental School of Beauty of Rochester, NY.  In their spare time they enjoy performing Circus Arts at The Birds Nest.


Nail Artist

Owen specializes in nail sculpting as well as nail art and extensions. They are a graduate of The Salon Professional Academy Buffalo. In their spare time they love to read and learn about astrology.


Shop Manager

Bri has been with us since Oak & Iron was just a pipe dream in Ashleys head. You’ll often find them at the front desk, or running around doing 5 things at once. They are your go to person for all things tattoo, salon, or bridal related. 


Social Media Manager

Rashida has been studying the art of social media for the past 7 years. She graduated from Full Sail University of Winter Park Florida with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Media and Communications.


Tattoo Apprentice

Crystal has enjoyed drawing since she was very young. She enjoys realistic art styles. In her spare time, Crystal enjoys spending time with her cats as well as listening to music, drawing, and SpongeBob.

Jae Penvose

Salon Assistant

Jae recently graduated from The Salon Professional Academy. Jae is currently working through our salon assistant program. She has a bachelor's degree in music industry and loves going to concerts in her free time.

Rachel Emerson

Junior Tattoo Artist

Rachel has been tattooing for 1 year. She has an associates degree in fine arts and has been drawing/painting for over 10 years. Rachel has been focusing on black and grey ornamental pieces so far but is looking to expand into full color pieces.


Shop Dog

She's the real Queen of the shop and it's her world we all live in. You've heard her bark in the window and you've probably smelled her before you've seen her. She's truly the main character and we love her for it.

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View our complete list of services and book online with your stylist of choice.