Laura Craver is a born and raised Alaskan who has been tattooing in the Anchorage community for more than 10 years. With an affinity for the bright and bold, she is known for her broad color palette and Neo Traditional design aesthetic as well as her clean, bold line work.

Laura specifically enjoys tattooing portraits, floral, animals, punny designs or anything left of center that you can conjure up! She has a great deal of experience with tattooing color on a wide spectrum of skin tones and is happy to consult with any person desiring a color tattoo!

Laura periodically opens her books to new clients. If you are interested in booking an appointment with her please follow her Instagram @laura_craver for booking updates!

Laura is an LGBTQ+ ally and her chosen pronouns are she/her.


We have some important policy changes we need to announce and share with everyone.  We are becoming more and more concerned with the current circumstances regarding Covid and its variants.  We are fortunate enough hear first hand experiences from the health care and social workers we know about the seriousness of the current situation.  Unfortunately even being vaccinated does not guarantee that you cannot contract Covid or be an asymptomatic  carrier.  We had a very close call this week that made us all realize how important it is to start taking additional steps to protect ourselves and our families. One of our artist decided to also require a negative Covid test within the 72 hours prior to their appointments.  Their client this week tested positive and is asymptomatic even though they are vaccinated.  We have immunocompromised people working in our shop and babies at home and other immunocompromised family members at home.  We have decided to make it a shop policy to have a negative Covid test 72 hours prior to your appointment starting Sep 1st.  As  tattoo artist's we do not get paid time off, or sick leave if we are forced to quarantine for two weeks due to a direct exposure, that's two weeks of income we miss out on.  We are not only trying to protect our families but also our source of income and our ability to serve the community in these unprecedented times. We appreciate everyone’s understating and cooperation, any question can be directed towards Carlos @akironstattoo.
Tattoo on badass @megan.nichole327 by @akironstattoo. DM Carlos with questions and consult requests! 

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Hauntingly Beautiful planchette done by thee @ariel.the.tattooer ⚜️🩸⚰️

Ariel’s booking info is on her profile! 

Thanks for looking! ✨🥀

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Bee-autiful hand tattoo done yesterday 🐝🌸 by the one and only @laura_craver 💕

Follow @laura_craver to see when her books open next! (Her books are currently closed)

Thanks for looking 🤗
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☠️ Owl/skull negative space half-sleeve, completed in one session last week! 
Done by @akironstattoo 🤟🏼

Carlos is currently booking appointments nearing the end of this year in September-October!
He wants to do more negative space/geometric/realism pieces! Send him your ideas! 

 Thanks for looking!! 🤗

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Mermaid back piece done by @danietatts 🤩🧜🏼‍♀️ Turtle fresh! The rest is healed! 
(crab done by another artist) 
Started September 2019- Finished January 2021.

Danie’s books are currently closed. She will reopen them again in April, for May-July! 
Thanks for looking 🤗
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Aiden is a tough dude! We packed a ton of color in this awesome spaceman half sleeve!!! By @akironstattoo on @atbaileey #tattoo #tattooed #fusionink #inked #tattooedguys #tattooedgirls #guyswithtattoos #girlswithtattoos #tattoosnob #tattooistartmag #tattooartistmagazine #nerdytattoos #nerdytattoosdaily #spacetattoo #astronaut #astronauttattoo #colortattoo #saturn #galaxytattoo #cosmos #universe #toinfinityandbeyond #wherenomanhasgonebefore #halfsleevetattoo #rocketman #primalak #primalinstincttatto
All Primal artists are returning to work this month! 
Thank you for your patience while we have been preparing a plan to move forward in these strange times and trying to acquire the proper equipment needed to do so in the safest possible way. We are by appointment only for now but our doors will remain closed to the public until further notice. There will be some new regulations we will be following to include: screening before appointments and a questionnaire and release form that will be presented on the day of the appointment. We have also posted call times for those who need to call to setup appointments and make deposits over the phone, otherwise you can call and leave a message anytime and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Most of the artists will be handling their own books (schedules) so if you haven’t already heard from your artist about an existing appointment or one that was canceled due to the pandemic just hang tight and they will reach out to you. Thanks again so much for your patience and understanding. We are excited to see you all!
Primal will be under new ownership as of June 1st, Danielle and Carlos will be taking over Primal and we are very excited to announce that we are looking for two new artists. We are not looking for any apprentices.  We are looking for experienced artist with at least 4 years experience, preferably with a strong clientele following as walk-ins will be a thing if the past for the foreseeable future.  We have a strong online presence which will allow new artists opportunity for work.  MOST IMPORTANT! We are looking for strong team players with a strong sense of responsibility, work ethic, and great customer service skills. Egomaniacs, addicts, and drama enthusiasts need not apply!  We pride ourselves in creating a very comfortable, creative, and fun work environment for both our artists and clientele.  Artists must be willing to comply with all new regulations regarding the covid-19 pandemic.  This is a booth rent opportunity in a very busy shop. If you are intrested in joining our tattoo family please send a link to your portfolio to or simply send a message here on IG or Facebook for further information.
Dear Primal Patrons,
Due to the current pandemic we have decided to switch over to a by appointment only system until further notice. This means that if you have a scheduled appointment and have had a conversation clearing you to be tattooed the evening before your appointment, you can call the shop at 929-7659 and we will let you in. If you do not have a scheduled appointment please stay tuned to our social media for updates on when we will be reopening to the general public. If you have not had a conversation with one of our artists or front desk personnel clearing you to be tattooed we will chat with you briefly before unlocking the door for your appointment. We want to thank you all for your patience and your cooperation during these times. We are all trying to work together to make our community as safe as possible!

The Primal Team
Amazing cover up done by @danietatts♥️!!! #coveruptattoo #ramskulltattoo #rosetattoo #backpiececoverup #realismtattoo #tribalcoverup