Laurels
Best Tattoo Artists
in Knoxville
2016

Why These Tattoo Artists?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored tattoo artists on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best tattoo artists in Knoxville, TN.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

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

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

At Against All Odds Tattoos

Against All Odds Tattoos offers tattoo artwork in Powell. Licensed professionals specialize in various body modifications via custom tattoos and piercings and follow the motto of "Enhancing your natural beauty, one custom piece of art at a time..." Customers appreciate the clean and professional service as well as affordable prices, straightforward input, and top-quality tattoos. Artists deliver ink with great technique and design in a variety of styles such as black and gray, color bomb, old school, new school, script, and portraits, and body piercers make themselves available to check up on new piercings as well. Extensive piercing aftercare instructions can be found on the company's website, and Against All Odds sells a selection of body jewelry such as handmade stone jewelry, plugs, and tunnels from the likes of Stone Soup, Evolve, and Gorilla Glass.

Powell, TN(865) 212-9944

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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.

Knoxville, TN(865) 951-1486

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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 American Rebel Tattoo in Pigeon Forge, which is open seven days a week. 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(865) 453-8641

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Forged Tattoo

Forged Tattoo offers tattoo artwork in Pigeon Forge and is backed by over 20 years of practice. Customers come to the shop for custom tats featuring one-of-a-kind designs by the owner/artist as well as for full-color pieces of animals and car-related themes by the second in-house tattooer. Individuals can request alternative themes and styles, and the studio is known for being patient, friendly, and open to all ideas as well as timely and efficient in its work. Past clients have also praised the laid-back and comfortable atmosphere within Forged Tattoo, and both those from out-of-town as well as locals have patronized the studio. Walk-ins are welcome, and the owner is a former US Marine.

Pigeon Forge, TN(865) 365-4074

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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.

Knoxville, TN(865) 971-3983

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Studio 617

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.

Maryville, TN(865) 984-9030

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Treat Daddy Ink

Treat Daddy Ink has been tattooing people in Pigeon Forge since 2010. Clients have come to love the body art studio for its valuable input, straightforward information, and customer care, and the shop enjoys a reputation for making sure a client understands the tattoo process and result. Online galleries of past work are available for all five tattooers. Treat Daddy Ink is licensed by the the city of Pigeon Forge and the State Health Inspector and features a hospital-grade autoclave sterilization system. Other precautions taken include single-use needles, single-use latex gloves, daily sanitization of work areas, and single-use ink pots. Piercing services are also available with top-quality jewelry such as from Metal Mafia, and clients can also find complete aftercare instructions online for both tattoos and piercings. The studio's work has been featured in Inked.

Pigeon Forge, TN(865) 428-3228

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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.

Knoxville, TN(865) 573-7500

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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.

Knoxville, TN(865) 584-8480

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