Best Tattoo Artists
in Knoxville

Why These Tattoo Artists?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Knoxville Tattoo Artists 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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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 2. Qualifications

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 4. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Born This Way Body Arts

Born This Way Body Arts has been a Knoxville tattoo studio since 2011. Clients love the friendly staff and talented artists comprised of four in-house tattooers as well as a number of guest artists at any given time who come from all over the US. The shop is known for photo-realistic tattoos, crisp line work, solid bold colors, white ink tattoos, and custom designs, and individuals can bring in their own ideas, pictures, and drawings, or one of the artists will come up with something for them free of charge. The studio's website features a gallery of past work for all artists, and one has been featured in UK’s Skin Deep Magazine. Piercing services are also available, and Born This Way sells a large selection of top-quality jewelry that meets the ASTM board's implant grade standards.

6911 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919


Eric Eugene Williams

Eric Eugene Williams tattoos individuals throughout Pigeon Forge. The artist has a reputation for vibrant colors and bold clean lines and provides a full gallery of his work on the website as well as on Instagram. Eric Eugene Williams passed his bloodborne pathogen test with a score of 100 and makes cleanliness a priority in all his work. Interested parties can set up an appointment with Mr. Williams at his present location of Cutlass Tattoo Company in Pigeon Forge. Alternatively, people can catch the artist at a tattoo convention or as a guest at another tattoo shop. Eric Eugene Williams also paints works of art in the style of American Traditional and builds custom tattoo machines, and individuals can purchase his flash page art and other pieces online as well.

Pigeon Forge, TN 37863


Saint Tattoo

Saint Tattoo is a tattoo parlor serving the Knoxville community and backed by over 55 years of practice in the field. Clients visit the studio for a range of styles from five resident artists including large scale Japanese, full color, and black and gray pieces, and Saint Tattoo has been voted Knoxville’s Best Tattoo and Body Piercing Shop by the readers of Metropulse™ and the Knoxville News Sentinel™ for over 10 years. Tattooers at the studio are continuously staying on top of new techniques, trends, and materials via the North American Tattoo Conference circuit, and potential clients can come in for a free consultation as well to discuss a desired project. Satisfaction is guaranteed for any work performed, and body piercing services are also available by two in-house piercers.

1020 North Broadway
Knoxville, TN 37917

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Studio 617 Tattoos

Studio 617 has been tattooing residents of Maryville since 2012. The shop features various award-winning artists as well as personalized attention and a welcoming environment, and tattooers collaborate closely with clients to bring their desired body art to life. Individuals have access to a range of styles including black and gray portraits, water color tattoos, ethereal pieces with Japanese flair, illustrative neo-traditional pieces, and bright and bold tattoos. Studio 617 has won numerous awards including First Place Small Color at the Knoxville Tattoo Convention 2015, Second Place Color Portrait at the Tattanooga Tattoo Expo 2016, and First Place New School as well as First Place Black and Grey Tattoo of the Day at the Knoxville Tattoo Convention 2016. The group also gives back to the community via events such as seasonal toy drives. A deposit is required upon scheduling an appointment.

1603 East Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville, TN 37804

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True Blue Electric Tattoo

True Blue Electric Tattoo handles tattoo art in the Knoxville area. The studio's resident artists have formerly worked at Imagine That, Pay'n Dues, Born This Way, and Saint, and potential clients can view a sampling of past work for all artists via the website's link to a photobucket gallery. The shop is known for its friendly and open staff, custom ink, flash tattooing, and competitive prices with past clients raving about the artistry of their pieces. True Blue Electric enjoys a good amount of repeat business from its fans who also highly appreciate the level of cleanliness at the shop. Additionally, tattooers will take the time to talk to potential clients for free about getting a tattoo and what to expect when they do.

3712 Walker Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37917


Vivid Tattoo

Vivid Tattoo brings over 20 years of tattooing experience to the Knoxville community. The artist-owned and all-female shop boasts award-winning talent who create specific designs per each client's vision and style, and Vivid is known for its friendly, open, and professional environment as well. Individuals can look through the company's website to get a feel for each artist's past work, and piercing services are available as well for various body parts including ear, nose, navel, nipples, oral, and eyebrow. Appointments for all services require a deposit, and Vivid Tattoo cites a perfect record of scores with the health department. Only those customers who are 18 years of age or older may receive a tattoo, and minors from the age of 15 to 18 must be accompanied by a parent for piercings. Potential clients are invited to stop by the studio to visit anytime.

4300 Sutherland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37919

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