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Black Rat Tattoo

Project Description



The Owner of Black Rat Tattoo, a local tattoo parlor that has been in operation for over 10 years, approached Desert Peak Architects with a dream of moving her operations to the Town of Mesilla. She purchased a small plot of land adjacent to Palacio’s Bar along Avenida de Mesilla with a vision for a pueblo style facility that could house both her tattoo parlor and an Air B & B rental space. Desert Peak Architects worked with the Town of Mesilla to design a facility that fit into the unique character of the historic district. The design featured an entry canopy of natural wood latias with wooden posts and black steel corbels. Portions of the building’s exterior walls were curved and canted to compliment the soft and thick nature of adobe construction throughout Mesilla. The ceiling was finished with faux beams of natural wood and the floors were finished with saltio Mexican tiles througout. The interior were finished with soft corners and a “santa fe” texture on the walls to further emphasize the pueblo style. Construction of the tattoo parlor was completed in 2020; the Owner hopes to begin construction on the residential portion of the project soon.

  • The project was approved by the Town of Mesilla Planning and Zoning Commission
  • The project’s design compliments the prominent pueblo style in the area
  • Utility issues at the site were resolved during construction


Black Rat Tattoo


1907 Calle de Correo, Mesilla, NM 88005


New Construction


1,355 sf