Artist Referrals and Recommendations

These artists and studios have our personal trust and are creative and professional.  All listed are local or semi-local, and well worth the drive.


Durham

Dogstar Tattoo is a trusted shop, Catherine the owner always has great tattoo artists on staff.

@dogstartattoocompany

Megan Chuntz at their private studio

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

Portfolio: @meganchuntz

T.J

Versatile and can handle anything.  Specializes in traditional. 

Portfolio: @theteje

Shaine Smith

Versatile, Biomech, alien, coverups.

@shainesmithtattoo

 

Ethereal Tattoo Gallery

Brian Parillo

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

Portfolio: @brianparilloart

Yasmin Charalambous

Fine line and versatile 

@yaztattz

Skip Gibbs at Black Rose Tattoo 

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

Portfolio: @brightwood_skip

Jessica Goldstein at her Private Studio

Versatile and artistic. Specializes in black and gray realism. 

@golden__mind

Everyone at Welcome Tattoo 

@welcometattoonc

Serapy Rodriguez

Lettering, fine line, black and gray 

Portfolio: @serapy1

 

Chapel Hill 

 

Ascension tattoo has a very talented crew of all-female artists. The Studio and location are exquisite. 

@ascentiontattoonc

Cary

Rich Labrosse at RTP Tattoo Lab

@RTPtattoolab

Raleigh

Rock N Roll Tattoo GLENWOOD

@rnrtattooglenwood

Triple Moon Tattoo

Everyone at @triplemoontattoo

Dax

@tatsbydax

Marie Reverie Tattoo

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

Portfolio: @marie_reverie

M.J. at Electric Blue Tattoo

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

Portfolio: @electric_blue_tattoo

First Class Tattoo is most trusted and welcomes walk-ins.  

owner Edgar specializes in traditional.

@3dgarguardiola

@firstclasstattooraleigh

Dean Caves at Old Ghosts Tattoo 

Traditional, 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 Lacie the owner

@phoenixtattooraleigh

Inkability Tattoo

Everyone @inkability_tattoos

Golden Coils Tattoo

Everyone @goldencoilstattoo

 

Fayetteville

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

@bestinkoffayettevillenc_

Winston-Salem

Jennifer Fowler at Larkspurtattoostudio

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

Portfolio: @jen_ink

Shane Varner at Dark Roots Tattoo

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

Portfolio; @shane_varner

Garner

Zach Rabil at Combined Mindz

New school, neo-traditional, color, black and gray

Portfolio: @zacharyrabiltattoo

Matt Wilkins at Combined Mindz

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

Portfolio: @mattwilkinstattoo

Clayton

Greensboro

Sierra Jacobs at Obsidian Tattoo Studio

@sierra_jacobs

All artists at Golden Spiral Studios are top-notch. 

@GoldenSpiralStudios