About Us

Convicted Designs Tattoo and Piercing opened their doors December 2015. Samson Akers , Dan Nobles and April Akers accomplished the impossible. They overcame their pasts, overcame adversity, and made their dream come alive. Together, they supported each other to open the doors of their dream and never looked back.

Samson Akers was born in Lemon, South Dakota, and was raised in Rapid City, South Dakota. April Akers is originally from Custer,Their journeys started separately and ended together. Together, they became stronger and started to develop the dream of Convicted Designs Tattoo and Piercing. A place meant to bring others hope of an amazing future.

In the early stages of their lives they made choices that many in society would frown upon. Some would say that they are social misfits. Every choice has a consequence. Due to their poor choices they had larger consequences to face. Instead of running from their consequences, they faced the consequences of their choices head on. Owning the mistakes made them who they are today. It is not about the fall in life that we focus on, everyone falls, it is about the rise after the fall that counts.

The only business in South Dakota which offers a 20% discount to felons who have changed their lives for the better any tattoo, with proof of after care treatment, parole, probation, and for sobriety anniversaries. We also offer 20% discounts for military, retired military, students with a student I.D.


Karrie N.

I have got all my tattoo there. all the people are very friendly people!! alson great work.

Jillian S.

Friendly Welcoming Professional Talented Patient Comfortable. I loved every second of my experience. Samson was my artist - but everyone was friendly and fantastic. Samson did an AMAZING job, was so professional, friendly, and a joy to be around. I will definitely be returning. I couldn't imagine going to anyone/anywhere else. Give these guys a call!

Makayla R.

Took my 16yr old twins to Sam today for their first tatoo. He did a great job, was very patient and took breaks as needed. I will definitely be back again for some more work myself and for them!!!

Maggie S.

I got my first tattoo on my wrist from Josh while on vacation to the Hills. Highly recommend him & will be back in the future!

Ali S.

I had mine done by the owner he was very very professional clean and he went over my tattoo with me before he started working on it. He was quick and did and excellent job. He even offered a discount for when I come back to finish it... Great place Great experience!!!

Sarah C.

Sam was amazing!!! Love how this thigh piece turned out. I debated on this for 2 years and so glad I chose him to do it for me!! Very professional! Highly recommended. Found my man. Sorry April! Lol. Great place with amazing staff!

Sarah W.

Such an amazing experience! My work was BEAUTIFUL!! I could not have asked for better!!

Aleasha J.

Great experience, Clean shop and friendly artist. Got us in quick and took care of us no problem.

Karrissa T.

I was a walk in during my vacation. Dan was super helpful with my tattoo design and knew exactly what I wanted. He was very professional buy very easy to talk to and the whole appointment was very enjoyable. The shop was very clean and everyone was very friendly. We wore masks, per the note on the door, which was fine. My tattoo looks awesome and I will definitely go back!!!

Amanda R.

My husband and I highly recommend Dan. He was great to work with, very professional, and did a great job!

Ashely B.

These Guys Did An Amazing Job On Both My Husband And My Tattoos. They Were Accommodating, Very Friendly, And Made The Entire Experience Fantastic. Would Definitely Recommend For Any Tattooing.

Anneka A.

Awesome place with friendly artists. I booked an appointment with Josh and last minute changed how I wanted my design to look and he was super accommodating and changed it! The tattoo process itself was painless and relaxing and normally I get anxious before a session. Next time I get a tattoo I will definitely go back to Convicted Designs! 100% recommend to anybody! The shop is very clean and the staff is very friendly and warm!