Artist Referrals and Recommendations

This list of artists have personal trust and are creative and professional.  All listed are local or semi local, and well worth the drive.


Dogstar Tattoo is a trusted shop, Catherine the owner always has great tattoo artists on staff including herself.   Also a great place for body piercing

Jessica Goldstein at Dogstar tattoo

Versatile and artistic. Specializes in black and gray realism. 



Megan Chuntz at Dogstar Tattoo

Can do it all.  Anime, Color and black and gray, versatile, illustrative, florals

Portfolio: @meganchuntz

Michael Beckwith 

Illustrative style.  Versatile in black and gray and color.  Anime and Japanese neo traditional.

Portfolio: @Michaelbeckwithart


Versatile and can handle anything.  Specializes in traditional. 


Sacred Mandala Studio.  The place is always full of talent.

Alan Lott at Sacred Mandala Studio

Black and gray and color, mandalas, skulls, stippling

Portfolio:  @alott_sms

Kayla Faircloth 

Versatile, illustrative, and Neo traditional. Specializing in color. 

Portfolio: @yungkaylartattoos

Brian Parillo at Etherial Tattoo Gallery

Black and gray, sparse color, realism, geometry, minimalism

Portfolio: @brianparilloart


Skip Gibbs at Black Rose Tattoo 

Versatile, Freehand, versatile, script, bright colors on dark skin, celebrity portraits

Portfolio: @thatdudeskip_tattoos

Kohen Meyers at Choice Tattoo

Creative and versatile.  Specializing in unique flash designs. Traditional with a custom twist. Choice Tattoo also welcomes walk-ins

Portfolio: @ChoiceTattooNC


Serapy Rodriguez

Lettering, fine line, black and gray 

Portfolio: @serapy1


Chapel Hill 


Ascention tattoo has a very talented crew of all female artists. The Studio and location is exquisite. 



Julio DeLeon at Ratatat Tattoos

Versatile, west coast, script, color, black and gray, coverups

Portfolio: @whorizzie


Marie Reverie Tattoo

Mandalas, henna, florals, black and gray, etching, illustrative

Portfolio: @marie_reverie

Mj at Electric Blue Tattoo

Coverups, versatile, bright colors, traditional, neo traditional, black and gray, pop culture, watercolor

Portfolio: @electric_blue_tattoo

Rich Labrosse at RTP Tattoo Lab

Realism, Star Wars, comics, celebrities, versatile, color, black and gray

Portfolio: @tattoosbyrichdotcom

First Class Tattoo is most trusted and welcomes walk ins.  

owner Edgar specializes in traditional.



For Traditional tattoo artists see Authentic Tattoo Company:


@kristenclosetattoos and


Dean Caves at Authentic Tattoo Company

Traditiona,l Japanese, Large Scale, Eastern and western influences merged.

Portfolio: @deancaves

Phoenix tattoo is full of talented people.  For Great black and gray, color, portraits and versatility see any artist including Lacy the owner


Rock and Roll Tattoo

Jason Hassel 

Great at all styles but specializes in traditional and freehand.  Also has custom painted flash to choose from.

Portfolio: @jasonhasseltattoo

Victor Maruquinn 

versatile but specializes in custom black and gray. 


Everyone at Blue Flame Tattoo is very talented and trusted in the industry


Oak City Tattoo has an experienced and professional line up of artists. 



Best Ink of Fayetteville has a very impressive line up of talented and versatile artists



Jennifer Fowler at Art Attack Tattoo

Versatile, realism, neo traditional, color, black and gray

Portoflio: @jen_ink

Shane Varner at Earths Edge Tattoo Shop

Watercolor, nature, florals, versatile, black and gray, neo traditional, realism, illustrative

Portfolio; @shane_varner

Zach Crisp at Electric Age Tattoo Collective

Nature, floral, animals, illustrative, fine linework, color, black and gray

Portfolio: @zach_crisp


Zach Rabil at Combined Mindz

New school, neo traditional, color, black and gray

Portfolio: @zachrabiltattoo

Matt Wilkins at Combined Mindz

Watercolor, versatile, color, black and gray, realism, bio mech

Portfolio: @mattwilkinstattoo


Derick Dove at Black Pearl Tattoo Co

Traditional, reapers, nature

Portfolio: @hootowltattoo


Kevin Ray at Art Alive

Landscape, color,  traditional, kawaii

Portfolio: @Kevinraytattoos


Jason Spainhour at Tried and True Tattoo

Versatile, traditional, realism, black and gray, color, patriotic

Portfolio: @jasonspainhour

All artists at Golden Spiral Studios are top notch. 



All artists at 401 Tattoo and art including  owner and artist Jimmy Bissette 



Troy Zogleman at On the Brink

Versatile, black and gray, color, sacred geometry, spiritual

Portfolio: @tzog420



Kelly McGrath at Private Studio

Gemstones, Kawaii, pop culture, cute

Portfolio: @kellymcgrathart