Samantha Robles (Cake)

Tattoo artist who grew up in Coney Island's West End

Samantha Robles (Cake)
Interview Date:
January 20, 2023


Samantha Robles, a tattoo artist who is known as "Cake," shares childhood memories of growing up in Coney Island's West End and describes her artistic influences. Three generations of Robles' extended family have lived in Coney's "Coconuts Building" since it was built. Both sides of her family moved to Coney Island from Puerto Rico and continue to live here today. Cake describes getting her first tattoo at age 16, learning how to tattoo, and establishing her first studio. Tattoos by Cake is currently located in Bedford Stuyvesant.