Best Tattoo Shops in Knoxville

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Alter Ego Tattoo

7013 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
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  • Body Art
  • Piercings

Business Description

Knoxville-based studio Alter Ego Tattoo has been in service for more than 20 years. Its team of professional tattoo artists covers a wide selection of designs and strives to cater to every client's vision. They deal with old-school and traditional, portrait, Asian, and bodysuit styles. Additionally, the studio commits to delivering a comfortable, relaxing, and exceptional customer experience. It also provides a complete set of aftercare instructions to ensure that its customers understand how to handle their freshly acquired body art.

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4.7
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4.7 / 5 (560)
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4.7 / 5 (5)

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Ambition Tattoo

2001 North Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917
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  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos
  • Geometric Tattoos

Business Description

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.

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4.7
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4.7 / 5 (281)
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4.7 / 5 (5)

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Archangel Custom Ink

7212 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
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  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos

Business Description

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.

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4.9
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4.9 / 5 (620)

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Born This Way Body Arts

6911 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
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  • Body Art
  • Piercings

Business Description

Born This Way Body Arts is a tattoo shop that has served Knoxville since 2011. The team is composed of experienced artists offering tattoos, cover-ups, and body piercing using quality jewelry. They specialize in realistic tattoos that look like photographs but also accept custom designs. The company has been voted Knoxville's "Most Trusted Business" and "Best of the Best in Tattooing and Piercing", scoring 100% on its health inspections and performing regular testing for its autoclaves. Some of the team's piercers are members of the Association of Professional Piercers.

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4.7
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4.7 / 5 (550)
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4.6 / 5 (162)
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4.5 / 5 (34)

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Cutlass Tattoo Company

163 East Wears Valley Road, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
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  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos

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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.

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4.4
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4.0 / 5 (247)

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Mythical Markings Tattoo Studio

804 Ray Mears Blvd Suite 101, Knoxville, TN 37919
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  • Traditional Tattoos

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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.

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4.8
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4.8 / 5 (325)
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5.0 / 5 (5)

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Passionfish Tattoo

313 Foothills Mall Drive, Maryville, TN 37801
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  • Body Art

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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.

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4.0
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4.0 / 5 (735)
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4.0 / 5 (177)
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Purple Heart Tattoo - Knoxville, TN

1723 North Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37917
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  • Traditional Tattoos

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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.

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

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Rosie Tattoos

5710 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
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  • Traditional Tattoos

Business Description

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.

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5.0
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5.0 / 5 (101)
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5.0 / 5 (84)

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Saint Tattoo

1020 North Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917
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  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos

Business Description

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.

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4.5

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Studio 617 Tattoos

1603 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804
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  • Traditional Tattoos

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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.

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5.0

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Vivid Tattoo

4300 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37919
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  • Body Art
  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos

Business Description

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do tattoo artists make more money working in a tattoo shop or opening their own?

Just as with any industry, there is a large risk associated with going into business for oneself. Any tattoo artist considering opening their own shop should ensure they have business management and marketing skills to enable their shop to succeed. While becoming a tattoo shop owner can be lucrative, artists who don't have the business skills to succeed may earn a higher salary working in an established shop.

What tools do tattoo artists need?

Most tattoo shops require artists to have their own supplies. That includes their own tattoo machines and necessary parts, such as needles, tubes, tips, and grips. Tattoo artists also need a large supply of ink and tattoo stencils.

Are there minimum training requirements to become a tattoo artist?

Every tattoo studio has its own requirements when it comes to training. In most cases, new artists are required to have a well-presented portfolio and spend several months working under the guidance of an experienced mentor. These teachers show how to use the tools of the trade, oversee designs, and instruct interactions with clients.

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