Carlos And Danielle own Primal Instinct Tattoo and are very proud to support an amazing team of artist and apprentices. They take great care in providing a safe and comfortable environment for all artist to thrive and do amazing tattoos.

Carlos Immigrated from Mexico at a very young age and grew up in Northern California. He always had a love of art and design but never thought he could make a career from his art. It wasn’t until his fellow Marines asked him to start tattooing them because of the drawings and sketches they saw hung in Carlos’s barracks room. Even though this was not the correct way of learning to tattoo, Carlos fell in love with the medium and decided to pursue a tattoo apprenticeship after his Military service was complete in 2007. That is also the year he would meet his future Wife, Partner and best friend Danielle. Carlos and Danielle Have been in Alaska since 2011.

Carlos handles a wide range of styles inspired by nature, Hispanic culture and military service. His preferred styles are black and grey, neo traditional compositions and geometric pattern tattoos. Carlos is very fortunate and appreciates his customers trust in designing their large custom tattoos.

Carlos can be reached at, Instagram @akironstattoo, or Facebook at Carlos Alberto Figueroa.


Fun #Polynesian piece. #polynesiantattoo #tribaltattoo #alaskatattoo #tattoo
A little more complicated then wiring a tattoo machine! Lol! this a moded #stratacaster setup, using a megaswitch and coil splitting I was able to get a few more pickup combination options then a standard setup. #guitarproject #guitarwiring #madscience #finishline
Finally! I have been waiting to do a large scale geometry piece. I want to do more of this. #sacredgeometrytattoo #sacredgeometry #obeytattoo #andrethegianttattoo #stiplingtattoo #primalinstincttattoo #primalak #girltattoos #guytattoos #seedoflifetattoo
Always doing cool stuff on mark! #octopustattoo #seatattoo #tattoo #underwatertattoo #sealifetattoo #alaskatattoo #primalinstincttattoo #girltattoos #guytattoos
Fun stuff, like doing the water color style. #primalinstincttattoo #aktattoo #flowertattoo #watercolortattoo #realisticflowertattoo #tattoo #tattoos #inked #bodyart #flowertattoo #guyswithtattoos #girlswithtattoos #raventattoo #alaskatattoos
Getting really excited about finishing this project. #guitarproject
Old school Floyd Rose, gonna do some wiring this weekend. #guitarproject
Just finished final polish, next weekend assembly and wiring. #guitarproject
More progress, re-fretting is a pain in the ass, but alas it is done, that took a good bit of patience. Made a new back plate out of some burnt steel. #guitarproject
I had the most interesting day fishing today. So I had just caught the 19 incher inside my ice fishing tent, I decided to go try some of the holes outside. Within 30 seconds, I got another at least 15 inches, I throw him on the ice, and get right back to my hole. I turn around because I heard something that could only be described as swoosh swoosh, only I'm time to see a big beautiful  bald eagle fly away with my prized catch.  Lol couldn't be happier!!! Mother Nature giveth, and Mother Nature taketh away.
I was inspired by a tattoo online and I printed it to keep it as reference, two weeks later I get Alex wanting his very first tattoo, and loosely describes the tattoo he wants. Somerhing very similar to what I had just seen, I was able to take his ideas and the picture I showed him and compose something unique for him. Favorite Celtic cross ever! #celtic #celtictattoo #celticcross #celticcrosstattoo #celtichalfsleeve #celticblackandgrey
Progress on the #guitarproject love this kona stain. Still waiting on new frets and fret replacement tool kit. Still trying do figure out the new pickups, too many options.