About Us

BassAckward Studios was founded on October 31, 1994. Our airbrush studio is a home-based enterprise; our tattoo shop is located at 225 E Villard, Suite 2, in Dickinson, North Dakota.
BassAckward Studios does have certain standards. If we feel that any design idea or request is inappropriate in any way, we reserve the right to refuse the job. This includes projects that promote opinions and beliefs that clash with our own. We take much pride in our integrity as artists, and we will not compromise our standards for a quick buck.

image © 2011 Mykuhl’s Photography

“Kap’n” Kirk Peterson
Kirk Peterson earned his Associates in Applied Science in Commercial Art in 1995. His professional experience includes work in the tattoo, embroidery, and silk screen industries, resulting in the ability to paint, draw, and tattoo almost anything. Several years in the healthcare industry also reinforced the absolute necessity for a sterile tattoo environment. Although the tattoo machine and airbrush are his “weapons of choice,” Kirk also excels in portraiture, logo design, and photography. Kirk’s other hobbies include model and diorama building, landscaping, chainsaw carving, and woodworking.
Gretchen (Tibor) Peterson
Gretchen Peterson earned her Associates in Applied Science in Commercial Art in 1994. Gretchen spent a few years in the silkscreen industry, but left the professional art world to raise the couple’s children. Her role in BassAckward Studios includes layout and portrait work, logo design, website development, and is in charge of all of the financial, legal, and customer service elements. In recent years as the kids have grown, Gretchen has been gradually moving back toward the fine art aspects of the business. Her babyBAS and GlassAckward endeavors showcase her work with kilnforming recycled glass and other assorted upcycling projects.