Distortion Society Inks Tattoos and Spotlights Artists in Beacon

The one-of-a-kind art space is a passion project for a husband-and-wife duo in Dutchess County.

On the hunt for a tattoo studio in the Hudson Valley? If so, Distortion Society has you covered. A recent addition to Beacon’s small business scene, the studio offers bespoke tattoos, a rotating art exhibit, and good vibes all around. 

Owned and operated by husband-and-wife duo Bradley Silver (a tattoo artist) and Michelle Silver (a painter), Distortion Society is a positive representation of a place that embraces all bodies.

Inside the tattoo studio
View from the tattoo station

Michelle Silver describes her and her husband’s aspirations when it came to opening Distortion Society. 

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“We wanted a business that married both of our careers and passions but also to create a nontraditional art space that blurs the line between body art and fine art, as in our lives the two coexist in a cohesive, beautiful way,” she explains. 

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Bradley Silver tattooing

Resident tattoo artist and owner Bradley Silver has over a decade of experience in tattooing. Now, with a studio of his own, he is able to highlight his unique style, which is a blend between geometric elements and grungy textures. If Bradley’s work does not sound up your alley, however, don’t worry! He’s not the only tattoo artist in the studio. Working alongside him is Choon Lee, a newly hired resident tattoo artist. She specializes in fine line, illustrative, and abstract imagery with an interest in nature-inspired art. The studio also features a variety of diverse guest tattoo artists from which visitors can choose. 

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Michelle Silver with her paintings at the “Dichotomia” exhibition

Michelle Silver, meanwhile, is the brain behind Distortion Society’s art gallery. Michelle curates different exhibitions of contemporary art that feature a wide range of mixed media that aims to reflect themes of individuality, creativity, and inclusivity. The gallery’s first exhibition, “Dichotomia,” which will run until early July, features artwork by herself, Bradley, and an installation by artist Rooster.

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An example of Bradley Silver’s work

As for why they chose Beacon, Michelle shares that it was the right choice for the couple. 

“We love the vibrancy of the community, the expansive art scene, and there’s a lot of people who love tattoos here!” she exclaims. “Beacon has been so supportive thus far in our journey.” 

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Paintings by Michell Silver at the “Dichotomia” exhibition

To give back to the community, Distortion Society recently held its first flash tattoo fundraiser event for Newburgh’s LGBTQ+ center. The fundraiser was a smashing success, and they hope to do similar events in the future. 

For more information on Distortion Society, check out the studio’s website. For tattoo inquiries, email bradley@distortionsociety.com.

Distortion Society 
172 Main St, Beacon 

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