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The 10 Best Tattoo Artists In Memphis

By Kailyn McLeod

Blues, Rock ‘n Roll, and Tattoos. It’s Memphis, baby. There’s a long standing history of tattoo shops, and amazing tattoo artists in Memphis, and we’re happy to be able to share.

Like the other lists we’ve compiled, this one is wholly subjective (and full of totally inspiring ink).

Without further adieu, here’s our list for the 10 best tattoo artists in Memphis:

Claire – Underground Art, Inc.

Underground Art, Inc. describes itself as “woman-owned, vegan-friendly, diversity-loving [and] book-reading.” Finally, a studio whose compassion and ethics reflect their beautiful ink.

We’re going bananas over Claire’s work. ? ?


Jake Meeks – Fireside Tattoo Network 

Tattooing since 1996, Meeks is not only an incredibly talented tattoo artist, he’s also a long-time educator. Fireside Tattoo Network is dedicated to producing educational tattoo videos, podcasts and courses. ? ??‍?

Healed except the bottom rose.

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Tony Max – No Regrets

Tattooist at No Regrets and author/artist of the comic series The Golden Silence, Tony is a multi-talented artist. Whether the canvas is skin or paper, he always produces stunning works of art. ⚓️ ?

@rabideyes done it

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Dave Vernon – No Regrets

The second artist on our list from the No Regrets studio, Dave’s endearing work is always amusing (and sometimes, even a little bit tongue-in-cheek). ? ?

#wip #joker #tattoo @noregretsmemphis #thekillingjoke #brianbolland #batman #dc #smile

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Vanessa Waites – Underground Art, Inc.

This tattooist describes herself as a “Mother/Illustrator/Teacher/Tattooer.” Her works are vibrant, whimsical, and seriously badass. Break open your piggy bank and book an appointment with this lovely artist today! ? ?

#somepig #tattoo #compassion #vegantattoo

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Cypress Pegram – Trilogy Tattoos

We knew we had to highlight this Memphis artist’s Elvis-inspired piece when we saw it on Instagram. Tour Graceland, stop in to see Cypress, and get inked. ? ?

Happy Elvis week! ✨?✨

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Cole Pittman – Trilogy Tattoos

Trilogy Tattoo is killing it, so we had to include another one of their artists! Cole’s pieces, whether quirky or occult, are seriously impressive. ⚰️ ?


Sarah Workman nee Forbess  – Underground Art Inc.

Underground Art Inc. makes our list AGAIN. This time, it’s thanks to their talented artist Sarah, whose mythical and beautiful pieces of tattoo art have us feeling charmed. ? ?

A great start by Sarah! #wip #unicorn #readysetgo #workinprogress #memphistattooartist #choose901 #cooperyoung #memphis #901

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Myke – Inked Memphis

This tattooist is a proud father who loves his friends and family. Nothing but good vibes here! ⛰ ?


Ivy Dinosaur – Inked Memphis

Topping off our list is none other than Ivy from Inked Memphis, whose colorful and fun tats never take themselves too seriously. ? ?

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The 10 Best Tattoo Artists in Nashville

By Kailyn McLeod

It’s no secret that Nashville is home to a thriving music scene, but if it’s tattoos that are music to your ears, has you covered.

Like the other lists we’ve compiled, this one is wholly subjective (and full of totally inspiring ink).


Chad Koeplinger – Adventure Tattoo

Chad’s tattoos are vivid and often incorporate bright colors that make his designs come alive. This Nashville artist has been tattooing for two decades!

Heather Cherish – Lotus Tattoo

Just take a look at that clean lettering. Need I say more?

Even Heather’s tattoo studio is amazing – we love the wall art collage featuring Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam and a taxidermy spider.

Just a little lettering

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Marty McEwen – Black 13 Tattoo

Marty’s portfolio includes quite a few different horror-themed tats. If you’re not into the occult, don’t worry. He’s got killer skills to create any kind of tattoo.

This tattoo is giving me serious Bates Motel vibes. That neon pink is glowing.

Ryan Stockton – Pride & Glory Tattoo Parlor

Located right in the heart of downtown Nashville, Ryan’s detailed designs are artful, fun, and sometimes even a little bit cheesy.

#little #pizza #tattoo #traditionaltattoo #colortattoo #eternalink #nashville #nashvilletattoo #tattoos #tattooartist

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Louie Lopez – ArtWerks 

Louie has it all… expert shading, attention to detail, and above all, happy clients.

Evan Davis – Private Studio

Stick and poke fans rejoice. Evan is a professional tattoo artist whose stunning pieces don’t scream D.I.Y.


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Nathan Fisher – Black 13 Tattoo

If you’re anything like the tattoo-aficionados at, you love watercolor tattoos. For wonderful watercolor tats in Nashville, look no further than Nathan.

Kirk George – Black 13 Tattoo

Kirk is our third(!) artist from Black 13 Tattoo to be featured in our top-10 list.

It’s obvious that the Black 13 team has plenty of talent. Just check out the Frida Kahlo tattoo below.

P.S. We’re loving that unibrow, are you?


Chipper Harbin – Safe House Tattoo

In his Instagram bio, Chipper describes himself as a storyteller. We couldn’t think of a better phrase to describe this Nashville artist’s eloquent work.

Visual storytelling at its very best.

-Nomista- @safehousetattoo

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Shannon Wages – Sage and Serpent Tattoo 

Shannon is the talented artist behind the up-and-coming tattoo shop Sage and Serpent.

She’s got a rich portfolio, but we knew this Hunter S. Thompson/Ralph Steadman inspired piece was destined to top off our list.

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