Meet the Team

the dream team

The Team

We are a group of fierce, confident boss babes on a mission to uplift each other and the people we serve.
Our goal is to make everyone feel beautiful from the inside out. We empower each other with positivity and live our lives to the fullest.

Our mission is to create a community of like-minded women who support each other in achieving our dreams and goals. We believe that by lifting each other up, we can inspire others to do the same. We are passionate about making a positive impact on the world and creating a legacy of positivity and empowerment.

We are not just service providers, we are artists and creators who are committed to delivering exceptional experiences. We know that our work is more than just a job, it is a way of life.

We strive to bring joy and happiness to every person we touch.
We are fearless, we are unstoppable, we are boss babes. Join us on our journey to make the world a more beautiful and empowered place, one person at a time.

-Inked Beauty Babes

Emily Thomas

Owner & Master PMU Artist

St. Louis

Emily is a licensed Tattoo Artist, specializing in Permanent Makeup. She is a 4x certified Microblading artist and a licensed Cosmetologist of 11 years. Emily is committed to providing each client with the safest, most effective beauty treatments. Staying up to date on all the current trends and fashions enables Emily to deliver the best personalized care for your looks and well being.


Master PMU artist

St. Louis

Hi my names Alexyss. Before inked, I was working as a Licensed Esthetician, certified in microblading, lash extensions, microneedling, dermaplaning, and Hydrafacials. The art of permanent makeup and how much it can change someone’s life amazed me. I wanted to dive right into this new world immediately. I did my research, and found the best trainer in STL. I started my apprenticeship at Inked directly under Emily. With 300 hours and 50 procedures under my belt, I am now a PRO Licensed Tattoo Artist at inked! I’m a perfectionist, and have a detailed eye when it comes to symmetry. The combination of my background in skin, and my passion for making people feel beautiful made permanent makeup a perfect career path for me. I’m so excited and I hope to see all of your beautiful faces soon!

Melissa Naes

Master PMU & Paramedical Tattoo Artist

St. Louis

Hi, everyone! My name is Melissa, I am a licensed and insured tattoo artist that specializes in Brazilian Stretch Mark & Scar Camouflaging, Eyeliner, Lip Blushing, Powder Brows, & Procell Collagen Induction Therapy. I  have always had a love and passion for art and beauty.

I started my journey in cosmetic tattooing back in 2019 and it’s been a dream getting to help others feel beautiful and confident in their own skin. I continued my education by apprenticing with Emily, the stars aligned & I’m excited to be a part of the Inked Team as their Master Artist.

Eve MacDonald

Permanent Jewelry Artist

St. Louis

Hello! My name is Eve and I was born and raised here in St. Louis. I have a strong connection to our community and I’m always striving to make it a better place. I love sports, music and all things food.

I started my career as an SMP artist to help men and women in my community take control of their confidence. I can’t wait to make an impact on YOUR life through Scalp Micro Pigmentation!

Sarah Surgener

Beauty Technician

St. Louis

In 2020 Sarah decided to pivot from her career in sales and invest in the pursuit of her passion for the beauty industry.  Sarah is certified in both lash extensions and non-invasive body sculpting and fat removal.  “I love the beauty industry because it is such a wonderful opportunity to empower women and encourage them to regain their confidence that maybe they lost over time.”

Sarah was born and raised in Saint Louis and loves spending time with friends and with her 4 kids and 2 dogs when she is not at work.

Vicki Wilken

PMU Artist & Fine Line Tattoo Artist

Fairview Heights

Hi everyone-I’m Vicki! I am a permanent makeup and tiny tattoo artist. I have been in the permanent makeup industry since 2021. I specialize in powder brows, micro blading, lip blushing, lash line enhancement and fine line tattoos. I have always loved all things beauty and art, so bringing those two realms together to make people feel better about themselves is what gives me joy. I strongly believe in self care and doing whatever makes you feel better about yourself, inside and out. When I’m not working, I love spending time with my son and daughter, watching football (Go Cowboys!) and eating lots of cheese! 

Tiare Venuti

Salon Coordinator

St. Louis

Meet Tiare, our talented jack-of-all-trades! Born and raised in Hawai’i, Tiare graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a degree in Digital Design. In February of 2023, Tiare joined the Inked Beauty Bar team as the salon coordinator, marketing director, digital designer, and reservationist. With an eye for design and a love for making others feel beautiful, Tiare brings a unique perspective to her work, always striving to create a welcoming environment for our clients. When she isn’t busy at the salon, you can find her creating art or exploring the latest video game releases. Her dedication to her craft and her commitment to helping others shine makes Tiare a valuable asset to our team.


Mayra McHugh

PMU Artist & Esthetician

Fairview Heights

Hello everyone! My name is Mayra. I’ve been a licensed cosmologist for 18years. I am certified in Master Esthetics, brow pigmentation and powder brows. After working in a Medical Spa for a few years, I developed a passion for skin and powder brows. I love making people feel confident and beautiful in their own skin. I look forward to serving my old and new clients at Inked Beauty Bar.

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