Tuesday—Saturday, 12pm—6pm

Chip Beam

Chip Beam apprenticed with Mike Lehto at Stiehl’s in Ithaca. Artifex Tattoo started under Joan’s Custom in Athens, PA then moved to Binghamton, NY where the name Artifex continued to live on.

The name Artifex was chosen for its latin meaning: artist-- tattooing is a personal expression, and let's face it, a cool way to carry out that personal expression, a way that no one can ever take from you.


Chip has won 127 trophies from multiple tattoos shows across the country in the categories of Multiple Pieces of the Day , Best Large Color , and Best Large Gray Wash .


has been featured in Tattoo Magazine , Tattoo Flash , Tattoo Savage , International Tattoo , and has had tattoos appear in fourteen different tattoo magazines . He’s had the pleasure of having his work featured on five covers including Tattoos for Women, International Tattoo, and several in magazine.