Memphis is a hub for arts and culture in Tennessee, so it shouldn’t come as a shock that there are some fantastic tattoo shops in the city as well. In case you’re in the market for a new piece, here’s a list of 10 top-rated tattoo studios in Memphis, as voted by the clients.
Honorable Mentions: There are a number of great tattoo studios to choose from in Memphis, and if you’re looking to give someone else a try, why not take a peek at the shops that deserve a shout-out as well: The Skull x Rose Tattoo Collective, Monster Ink Corporation, and Skin City Inc.
Without further adieu, here are the 10 best tattoo shops in Memphis:
The story: No Regrets takes their name very seriously, which is why they focus on top-quality tattoos, custom designs, cover-ups, touch-ups, restorations, and a completely sterile environment. With all this attention to perfection and detail, it’s no wonder that they’ve been voted the number one shop in Memphis for tattoos and piercings.
The artists: Paul and Jason
The story: Trilogy has a number of excellent artists and staff on hand, and they are focused on professionalism and creating a comfortable atmosphere for patrons. This is a great place for first-timers, because they’ll take the time to walk you through the process.
The artists: Dave Lukeson, Clay Thames, Scott Kingan, Olivia Bright, Joe Carter, and Ryan Provido
The story: Underground Art has been serving Memphis since 1993, and was actually the first custom tattoo studio in the city. They’ve been voted the best shop in Memphis, and are proud to provide customers with a friendly, warm, and unique vibe, as well as the great talent of their permanent and guest tattoo artists.
The artists: David Evans, Vanessa Waites, Sarah Forbess, Alison Duckett, and Derrick Weaver
The story: The goal of Inked Memphis is to bring together some of the best tattoo artists in the city, to create unique and customized pieces, and to maintain a cutting edge studio. They can bring your design to life, can restore an old tattoo, and can cover up a piece you don’t want anymore with something you’ll love forever.
The artists: Brent Hale, Myke Daubenspeck, Rachel Ehemann, Joel Hilgenberg, and Ivy Dinosaur
The story: Customers have nothing but great things to say about Ramesses’ Shadow and the two artists who run the place, Kevin and Shannon. They are definitely in high demand, so be prepared for a several months wait.
The artists: Kevin and Shannon
The story: The Tattoo Spot has been around since 2006, and in that time they’ve carved out a niche for themselves doing portraiture, custom designs, and cover-ups.
The artists: Mic Luster and Devon Greig
The story: The Memphis Tattoo Company is one of the oldest tattoo shops around, as the studio was established in the mid-1980s. They specialize in custom tattoos and permanent make-up, and the people behind this shop are also the ones who put on the Tattoo Voodoo Expo in New Orleans every year.
The artists: Brian Hardin
The story: TattooCaine is the award-winning mastermind behind Royal Flush Tattoo, which began as a small shop in East Memphis and eventually grew large enough to move to a midtown studio. They specialize in customized original designs, and a lot of young and up-and-coming artists have found a start here.
The artists: Christian “TattooCaine” Goins
The story: Art, uniqueness, and customer service are the name of the game at Studio 42, a tattoo collective started by artist Dustin Schild. The work coming out of this studio is a mixture of traditional and neo-traditional, but each artist brings something special to the table.
The artists: Dustin Shild, Mike, Pete, Miguel, and Cody
The story: Among the oldest shop’s in the city, Dave’s Tattoos has been up and running since 1995. They are the go-to studio for cover-ups, and they also excel at original pieces.
The artists: Dave and Eddie