Death – Tattoo artists Alicia Cardenas dead in Monday shooting

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Alicia Cardenas

Well-loved. A go-getter. A real dynamo. A leader.

These are the words Alfredo Cardenas used to describe his daughter Alicia Cardenas, who he confirmed was among those killed in a Monday night shooting spree across Denver and Lakewood.

Alicia Cardenas was the owner of Denver’s Sol Tribe Custom Tattoo and Body Piercing — the first stop on the unidentified shooter’s rampage across the city.

A collection of flower bouquets and candles accumulated Tuesday morning outside the tattoo shop known for its inclusivity.

Alfredo Cardenas said he found out about the incident Monday night when his son informed him there had been a shooting outside Sol Tribe Custom Tattoo and Body Piercing and he feared the worst. Police confirmed to the family that Alicia Cardenas had died in the shooting, Alfredo Cardenas said.

Alicia Cardenas was 44-years-old and a loving mother to a 12-year-old, said stepmother Carol King.

“She was greatly involved in the Mezo (Mesoamerican) traditions and dances,” Alfredo Cardenas said. “She was part of the community — drummers, dancers, ceremonies. She was well loved. She was a real go-getter, a real dynamo, a leader. She kind of set the pace for upscale tattoo shops. She was respected by the tattoo community and other communities.”

Sol Tribe Custom Tattoo and Body Piercing is located near the intersection of East First Avenue and Broadway.

Arthur Williams, friend of Alicia Cardenas, ...
Arthur Williams, friend of Alicia Cardenas, left, comforts a friend in front of the Sol Tribe tattoo shop on Broadway where two women were killed and a man was injured in a shooting in Denver on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021. Alicia Cardenas, owner of the Custom Tattoo and Body Piercing shop, has been confirmed dead by her family. Cardenas is among the four victims of Monday night’s shooting spree across Denver and Lakewood.

Cardenas described herself as a “true Denver Native” in her biography on Sol Tribe Custom Tattoo and Body Piercing’s website, adding that she was a “proud Indigenous artist born and raised in the city who’s been working in the Denver body modification industry for nearly her entire life.”

Brenda Vargas, 22, was searching for a tattoo artist who identified as Chicana or Indigenous to ink a large arm and shoulder piece of the feathered serpent Aztec deity Quetzalcoatl, which Vargas said signified divine knowledge.

Vargas found Cardenas to be a perfect match as an activist, Chicana, artist and organizer. During the tattoo session, Vargas said Cardenas talked about breaking barriers in a male-dominated industry and rising to own her own tattoo shop.

“Anyone who knows Alicia knows that she has a strong character,” Vargas said. “She’s intimidating but in the best way when you first meet her because you just know that she’s a badass and that she’s powerful. I identify as Chicana and when people ask who I look up to, I don’t ever really have an answer because people other people normally look up to — they don’t look like me. They don’t come from my community. Alicia was inspiring because she was somebody who looked like me, doing the work, inspiring youth and being an artist, and I’m an artist, too.”

Cardenas started working in the body modification industry when she was 16, opening her first tattoo shop in 1997 in Capitol Hill, Twisted Sol, the biography said. In 2009, Cardenas moved the shop to its current Broadway location and opened Sol Tribe.

Carley Carter used to stop by Sol Tribe at least once or twice a month when she was a junior and senior at Denver School of the Arts to look at the jewelry and photos of tattoos – even though she was too young to get any for herself. Carter, who did not know Alicia personally, got her ear, septum and nose pierced at the shop once she turned 18.

“I don’t even know why I was there so often,” recalled Carter. “It was such a clear safe space to be in for someone who felt a little bit different.”

Cardenas described herself as a mural artist and a cultural anthropologist who paints “ancient-inspired geometric murals” around the city, the biography said.

Murals and paintings in splendid colors depicting geometric shapes, Indigenous art, Mexican-inspired art filled Cardenas’ Instagram page, painting her as an artist and a collaborator.

Cardenas was active in the Babe Walls community, a group of Colorado women and non-binary mural artists. In an Instagram post by the Babe Walls group, Cardenas was described as a “mama bear” in the community who influenced those around her with her teachings and “humongous heart.”

Additionally, Cardenas taught safety classes for the body art industry, according to the biography. 

“She is very passionate about bringing ancient ritual and blood rites into the modern era and is on a lifetime journey to educate everyone she can about them, as well as facilitate their practice,” read Cardenas’ biography on the tattoo shop website.

Danny Stange, a friend of Cardenas for nearly 30 years, said the two practiced traditional Indigenous dance together and that he felt her loss as if she was his sister.

“Like part of my family is gone,” Stange said.

Cardenas, Stange said, was an Aztec dancer.

“She was a beautiful artist,” Stange said.

Flowers and messages are placed at ...
Flowers and messages are placed at the Sol Tribe tattoo shop on Broadway in Denver on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, one day after two people where shot and killed in a spree across two cities, Denver and Lakewood Alicia Cardenas, owner of the Custom Tattoo and Body Piercing shop, has been confirmed to be among the dead by her family.

The shooting began around 5 p.m. Monday when the suspect shot and killed two women and wounded a man near the intersection of East First Avenue and Broadway, near the Sol Tribe shop.

The suspect traveled to multiple locations across the city, shooting as he went — the Cheesman Park neighborhood, near the Denver Health hospital campus, Lakewood’s Belmar district.

The suspect is believed to have killed four people and wounded at least three others including a Lakewood police officer who required surgery Monday night, according to John Romero, a Lakewood Police Department spokesman. Romero’s comments about the violence came at a news conference Monday night held just across the street from Belmar, which Lakewood bills as its downtown.

A motive for the violence was not yet determined, police said.

Additional information about the victims, suspect and crime will be updated as more becomes available.

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