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Best Tattoo Shops in Knoxville, TN

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Knoxville Tattoo Shops on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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163 East Wears Valley Road, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

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4.0 (247)
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5.0 (162)

Why choose this provider?

Cutlass Tattoo Company is a tattoo shop located in Pigeon Forge, serving clients from Knoxville Tennessee. It is a family-owned and operated business that was first established by artist and owner Eric Eugune Williams and his wife Krista in 2018. Eric has been a tattoo artist for almost 10 years. He is experienced in both designing and applying tattoos, as well as being passionate about the history of the craft and the assembly of tattoo machines.

  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos

5710 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919

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5.0 (101)
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5.0 (84)

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Rosie Tattoos is a tattoo shop that services residents in Knoxville. The shop provides custom tattoos with a wide range of designs and styles to choose from including animals, flowers, and portraits. Cover-up tattoo services are also available. The business is owned by Sara 'Rosie' Ruther, a tattoo artist who is committed to providing clients an enjoyable and inclusive environment at all times. Clients can check some of Rosie Tattoos' works on the company's website.

  • Traditional Tattoos

804 Ray Mears Blvd Suite 101, Knoxville, TN 37919

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4.8 (325)
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5.0 (7)
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5.0 (5)

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Headquartered in Knoxville, Mythical Markings Tattoo Studio is the home of award-winning artists. Founded in 1996, this company offers custom tattoo designs and helps clients tell their stories. Its five-artist team fosters creativity and maintains a family atmosphere at work. Owner Dale Johnson is a body piercer and artist who creates paintings using acrylics or airbrush. His ink work include realistic portraits and cover-ups. Mythical Markings Tattoo Studio offers a variety of tattoo styles, including neo-traditional types.

  • Traditional Tattoos

1020 North Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917

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4.6 (285)
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4.0 (30)
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5.0 (3)

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Saint Tattoo is a tattoo shop that services residents of Knoxville. Its team of professional artists specializes in a wide range of tattoo styles, including Japanese, American, realistic, geometric, and calligraphy. It also offers piercing services to clients. The team consistently joins the North American Tattoo Conference Circuit to learn new techniques and materials. Over the years, readers of Metropulse and the Knoxville News Sentinel have consistently chosen Saint Tattoo as Knoxville's best tattoo and body piercing shop.

  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos

1723 North Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37917

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4.8 (164)
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5.0 (5)
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5.0 (5)

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Purple Heart Tattoo is a studio based in Knoxville that offers custom tattoo services The tattoo artists have experience in providing American traditional, Japanese designs, realism, black and grey, color, and cover-up services. The tattoo studio accepts walk-ins, by-appointments and also has a studio located in Jacksonville. Purple Heart Tattoo was named in honor of a fallen soldier, Corporal Daniel Linnabary II who was killed in action in 2012 in Afghanistan and also serves as a reminder about the importance of Memorial Day.

  • Traditional Tattoos

4300 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37919

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4.0 (4)

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Vivid Tattoo brings over 20 years of tattooing experience to the Knoxville community. The all-female studio has award-winning talent who create specific tattoo designs according to the client's vision and style, in a clean and comforatble environment. Lead artist Sarah Hurst started tattooing in 2002, and has since been creating vividly colored pieces and realistic black-and-white work. Piercing services are also available for various body parts, though minors aged 15 to 18 can receive specific piercings only if they are accompanied by guardians.

  • Body Art
  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos

313 Foothills Mall Drive, Maryville, TN 37801

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4.0 (735)
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4.0 (177)
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4.0 (4)

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Passionfish Tattoo is a tattoo studio serving clients from Knoxville. The business was first established in 1998. It provides custom tattoo services, creating designs according to the client's preference and specifications. The studio also offers coverup, scar camouflaging, and piercing correction services. The name "Passionfish" was mainly derived from the owner's Christian faith, as the word, "The Passion", is often used to describe Jesus Christ's walk to the cross, and fish symbols were used to represent early Christianity.

  • Body Art

1603 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804

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5.0 (3)

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Studio 617 is a Maryville-based tattoo parlor. Operating since 2012, the business houses artists who employ different styles in their tattoo art, including black & gray realism, illustrative color realism, dotwork, geometric, black work new school, and dark styled free-hand lettering. The artists are open for consultation regarding the kind of tattoos clients want and are committed to offering a comfortable experience all throughout the tattooing process. The tattoo parlor also offers woodburnings of artworks made by the artists.

  • Traditional Tattoos

2001 North Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917

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4.7 (281)
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4.5 (7)
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4.7 (5)

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Ambition Tattoo is a tattoo studio in Knoxville that was established in October 2011. It has six tattoo artists and almost 60 years of combined experience. It offers various styles for walk-ins, first or second-timers, and experienced clients, including Japanese designs, Celtic designs, lettering and script, and portraits in black and gray. Danny Fugate is the owner and resident artist. His portfolio includes black and gray, portraits and realism, and color. He is also the founder and manager of the Knoxville Tattoo Convention.

  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos

7212 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919

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4.9 (620)
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5.0 (6)

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Archangel Custom Ink is a team of three artists based in Knoxville. They work with a variety of styles such as lettering and neo-traditional. The company's owner and lead artist is Lonnie Scoggins, who started tattooing at the age of 18. Before opening Archangel Custom Ink, he owned and operated three tattoo shops. Lonnie is a community advocate who hosts fundraising events such as the Heroes and Hounds program which is done in collaboration with the Tennessee Valley Humane Society.

  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos

Compare our Top Tattoo Shops

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Cutlass Tattoo Company
163 East Wears Valley Road, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Rosie Tattoos
5710 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
Mythical Markings Tattoo Studio
804 Ray Mears Blvd Suite 101, Knoxville, TN 37919
Saint Tattoo
1020 North Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917
Purple Heart Tattoo - Knoxville, TN
1723 North Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37917
Vivid Tattoo
4300 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37919
Passionfish Tattoo
313 Foothills Mall Drive, Maryville, TN 37801
Studio 617 Tattoos
1603 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804
Ambition Tattoo
2001 North Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917
Archangel Custom Ink
7212 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919

FAQs

  • Introduction

    A tattoo is body art that leaves permanent designs or pictures on the skin. They're applied via needle by depositing ink onto the second layer of skin. While the first tattoos were applied manually with a single needle that was first saturated in ink, today's tattoos are done by a machine. These machines feature multiple needles that pierce the skin simultaneously, speeding up the process and creating tattoos that are more visually appealing.

    Tattoos are usually done in licensed tattoo shops. These shops adhere to health and cleaning standards and are typically regulated by state and municipal governments. While tattoos are generally safe, there are associated risks, including skin infections. Any person getting a tattoo is legally required to be at least 18 years of age. It's also inadvisable for anyone who isn't in good health to get a tattoo, as the body requires time and energy to heal and prevent infection.

  • What should you know before getting your first tattoo?

    Before getting tattooed, it's important to think about design and placement. A tattoo is a permanent fixture on the body, and it's important not to rush into things. You should also consider the artist's background and take time to look into their portfolio to ensure their style best suits the tattoo you want.

  • What are some examples of tattoo styles?

    There are many types of tattoo styles, and it's important for a person to familiarize themselves with them before they select a design. Styles include:

    • Americana: Bold lines, vivid colors
    • Japanese: Large images that cover the back, arms, and legs
    • Black and Grey: Colorless grayscale designs
    • Stick-n-Poke: Thick, bold, black lines and small designs
    • Blackwork: Bold black lines and larger geometric shapes

  • Is tipping expected & how much to tip on your tattoo?

    While most tattoo artists don't expect tips, it's often appreciated. If you're happy with the work your tattoo artist has done, consider tipping between 15% and 25%. If the tattoo requires multiple sessions, a flat amount per session is appropriate.

  • What are some basic tattoo aftercare tips?

    It's important to follow all aftercare directions provided by the tattoo artist. Usually, artists will advise clients to ensure that tattoos are kept clean and dry. After showering, the tattoo should be gently patted dry and treated with Vaseline or another tattoo aftercare product.

  • What are the best practices for healing a tattoo?

    After removing the dressing, it's important to keep the tattoo clean, dry, and uncovered. Applying Vaseline or another recommended ointment can help to speed up the healing process. As they heal, tattoos can sometimes itch, but it's vital that you don't scratch or pick at it.

  • What are the most and least painful places to get a tattoo?

    Parts of the body that have the most nerve endings are generally the most painful to have tattooed. That includes the head, ears, and face. Places that don't have a lot of fat, such as the fingers, shoulder blades, and feet, are typically more painful. The least painful parts of the body to get tattooed include the outer arm, buttocks, and thighs.

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