Day: July 2, 2020

Here’s Where To Get Your Post-Lockdown Tattoo


Koch’s illustrations have appeared on the cover of The Paris Review, and her comics and zines are highly collectible.

House of Ruin

Location: Joshua Tree
Years practicing: 5+
Specialty: Artful stick-and-poke

Aidan Koch is best known as the author of three book-length comics and as an artist whose dreamlike illustrations have been shown in galleries from L.A. to Paris. But in the past few years, Koch’s stick-and-poke tattoo practice, which she does under the nom de needle House of Ruin, has developed a devoted cult following in the underground art and fashion communities. “If you know, you know,” says Brooklyn-based artist and writer Diamond Stingily, who has “about 10” of Koch’s delicate ink drawings. “Aidan’s work is so distinct to her,” Stingily says of Koch’s appeal. “She doesn’t do anything for clout. She respects her craft.”

Most of Aidan Koch’s clients find her through her House of Ruin Instagram.

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