Samson Akers

Samson Akers

Samson Akers was born in Lemon, South Dakota, and was raised in Rapid City, South Dakota. I am a convicted felon. I have changed my life around and beat some crazy odds in my recovery. With that being said, I want to encourage other felons who have changed their lives around. Being a productive member in our society, I will offer a forever special, and I will give 20% off any tattoo. There is a catch, to qualify for the discount. You must show proof of completion of after care, treatment, parole, or probation. I would like to recognize those have changed their lives.

April Akers

April Akers has been a part of Convicted Designs since 2015 earning the title Piercing Artist in 2016. April is focused on the best experiences for her clients and strives to offer affordable quality jewelry and aftercare.

Josh Teeters

Piercing apprentice, Musician, Shop vibe management. In the words of Ricky Bobby, “I don’t know what to do with my hands.”


My name is Lynae, I’m new to the tattoo industry, I started here at Convicted Designs Tattoo and Piercing. Working under Samson Akers, I first met Sam at only 9 years old, when he was working for my father until he started on his tattoo journey. I’ve been interested in tattooing for many years, and drawing all my life. I really enjoy using bright pops of color, and bring vibrancy to the skin. If I had to pick a favorite I’d say black and grey fine line tattoos, however I hope to learn as many styles as I can. As I have not been in the industry long I look forward to learning something new everyday and meeting new people. My main focus is to work with clients imaginations, and bringing their ideas to life with a forever piece of art on their body. Overall shop life is thrilling and I look forward to meeting you.

Jay Blevins

Jay Blevins has been tattooing since 1996.
Recently transplanted from Ohio Jay has brought his brand of grumpiness to the Black Hills. Jay likes dogs, eggs and short walks to the refrigerator. Jay digs bold, colorful tattoos but is capable of most anything a client would like. Come get some of his Ohio-style and be a grump with him!