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What’s great about getting a tattoo in Charlotte is that you have so many great tattoo artists to choose from. Some of the most well-known and respected tattoo artists in the city include Alex Santaloci, Chris Toler, Lee Greene, Nick Friedrich, Stacy Smith and many others. Each of these artists brings years of experience to the table as well as their own styles.
If you want to pick an artist to work with in Charlotte rather than first finding a studio, there are a few things you can to do to increase your chances of finding the perfect one. What’s great about living in the modern age is that most tattoo artists love to post their past work online, giving you a chance to see the exact styles they use and their consistency. You will also want to look into the shops where they work to be sure that you are working with a good artist who also happens to work in a place where you will feel comfortable. It’s also not a bad idea to go meet the artists in Charlotte who you are most interested in to be sure you get along and you can sit with them while they make your tattoo.
One of the most famous tattoo studios in the Charlotte area is Tattoo Bill’s, which came into existence in 1999 when owner William Guy Thigpen decided to open up his own custom tattoo shop. At Tattoo Bill’s you will find a group of top professionals in their respective fields, including a cosmetic tattoo artist, a laser specialist, a body piercer, and, of course, a great group of customer tattoo artists.
While Tattoo Bill’s will be the perfect shop for plenty of people, it might not end up being the best place for you to get some ink. There are some steps you can take to find a great tattoo studio in the area. First of all, you should look through some studios’ websites for pictures of the inside of the building to get a feel for the amount of space they have. You’ll also want to look at the other types of services they offer such as tattoo removal so you know that they are a legitimate business that cares about their clients. Finally, you should look through some reviews from their past clients, but be sure that you find legitimate reviews rather than those that are either trying to make the tattoo shop (basically advertising) and those that are trying to make the business look bad. Take those extra steps and you will increase your chances of finding a shop that works for you.
Thanks to its large number of tattoo shops and even larger number of talented tattoo artists, Charlotte is a fantastic place to get some ink. Regardless of the size of the tattoo you’re planning on getting and the style that you want to get it done in, you can be sure that there are at least a few great artists that can do the job for you.
Here are some of the best Charlotte tattoo artists and shops according to our research. If you think we should add anyone to the list or if you see anything that should be edited, contact us by clicking here
Wild Oats Tattoo
Tattoo Profile: Wild Oats employs a staff of creative and driven individuals that love what they do. We take pride in our craft and strive to make each tattoo a work of art that the wearer can love for a lifetime.
Tattoo Profile: We are a family run studio devoted to creating custom designs for small or large tattoos. We also have a wide variety of flash art to choose from. Need a coverup? We’re comfortable with that, come on in for a consultation!
510 Expert Tattoo
Tattoo Profile: 510 Expert Tattoo is located in the heart of Charlotte N.C.’s historical arts district, known as NODA. We offer expert tattoo and piercing services with outstanding customer service in a pleasant relaxed enviorment.
Canvas Tattoo & Art Gallery
Tattoo Profile: We specialize in custom tattoos and the display of fine art created by the Charlotte art community.
Charlotte Tattoo Company
Tattoo Profile: We specialize in bringing our client’s vision together. Whether you want traditional, japanese, black and grey…we have an artist on hand to fit your needs. All in an open friendly environment. A throwback to tattoo shops of the past.
Made to Last Tattoo
Tattoo Profile: Made to Last Tattoo is located on Poplar St in the 4th Ward. They are open 7 days a week.
Blood Sweat & Tears Tattoo
Tattoo Profile: BST Tattoo Studio is located in Charlotte, NC. We are a professional tattoo shop with experienced artist that specialize in custom, high quality tattoos.
Black Cloud Tattoo Piercing and Supply
Tattoo Profile: Here at Black Cloud Tattoo we specialize in custom art and great customer service. The ambiance here is personal and less commercial. All of our artists and piercers have been in this industry for over 10 years.
Tattoo Profile: Paris Tattoos USA was opened in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2010. The studio is now home to fabulous artists from all over America and has professional piercing services.
Immortal Images Tattoo Studio
Tattoo Profile: We want you to have a final product that is better than what you were expecting or hoping for. Your satisfaction is absolutely the most important thing that matters.
Tattoo Profile: Uptown Arts is the vision of Michael Drossos – a 20 year veteran of the industry. Located on Brevard Ct, Uptown Arts does custom tattoos and art.
Nikki’s Tattoo Studio
Tattoo Artists: Nikki Thompson, Jewel Haigler
Tattoo Profile: Nikki’s Tattoo Studio is the original, all female staffed, owned, & operated tattoo studio serving Charlotte & surrounding cities since 1995.
Charlotte is a city in the state of North Carolina that is located in the area called the Piedmont. The Piedmont is plateau region that is situated between the Atlantic Coastal Plains and the main Appalachian Mountains. The area of Charlotte has a total of 300 square miles, with only .6 square miles of water. The city itself has an elevation of 750 feet. Although there are rivers in the region, they were not able to set up a means of trade by using the waterways. Instead, they relied on the transportation of railways, highways, and airways. Charlotte is the biggest city in the state of North Carolina with a population of around 900,000 people. This makes Charlotte the 17th most populated city in the United States. The metropolitan area and surrounding suburbs all counted together make up of around 2,800,000 people, giving this information, it is the 22nd most populated metropolitan area in the country. This city is home to companies such as Wells Fargo which is a multinational financial service company. It is also the place where the Bank of America keeps its headquarters. This makes Charlotte the second largest banking center in the United States. Charlotte also has a very wide variety of sports teams and entertainment. Some of the most notable sports teams from Charlotte include the National Football League team the Carolina Panthers, the National Basketball League team the Charlotte Hornets, the American Hockey League team the Charlotte Checkers, and even a Major League Lacrosse team the Charlotte Hounds. NASCAR is also a popular event to watch in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The people known as the Catawba Native American tribe were the ones to inhabit the land we now know as Charlotte for thousands of years before. The earliest records that are known to us by this tribe are from the early 1500s, but that does not mean that they were not in the area long before that. When the Europeans arrived, they not only took the land from the tribe, but they took their lives as well in the form of disease. In this era, the Europeans were struck with the disease of smallpox. Since the Indian tribes had not seen much of this disease, they had no immunity to it. The Europeans spread the smallpox to the tribes and this killed off many of them. Before the epidemic broke out, there were an upwards amount of 10,000 people. From just 1759 to 1826, the population declined to just 100 of the Catawba people.
After the epidemic wiped out a good portion of people, the Irish were the predominant ones to fill up the land, along with the Germans but not as many were around as the Irish. Even the flag that they still use today is the Saint Andrews flag of Scotland. The name Charlotte derives from a German princess known as Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Streiltz. Princess Charlotte was the Queen Consort of Great Britain and Ireland just years before the town of Charlotte was incorporated. The city was nicknamed as a ‘Hornets Nest’. This was because a British Commander was run out of the town by violent and hostile civilians occupying the land at the time. He said that area was a ‘hornets nest of rebellion’.
On May 20, the people of Charlotte celebrate a sort of Independence Day. This is because in 1775, the Mecklenburg of Independence was signed in order to be freed from British rule. This declaration eventually became part of the reason the Revolutionary War took off. This holiday is known as ‘MecDec’ and throughout the day are re-enactments of cannons and muskets being shot off by people dressed in the same garments that they wore back then.
Population rose once again after the first World War was over with. There were camps for the soldiers in the region and after the war was all said and done, many of those soldiers stayed behind to start a new life in the city of Cincinnati. During the time, Charlotte was known as the most populated city in the state, this changed however when Winston-Salem quickly grew a population of around 50,000 people, beating the population of Charlotte by just a couple of thousand residents. This changed again several years later when Charlotte gained more travelers and settlers.
The climate in Charlotte, North Carolina is one that is known as a humid subtropical climate. This means that the summers are long, hot, and humid while the winter months are a little shorter with a mild to cool temperature. Autumn and spring time temperatures are also present. With a warm to cool autumn and a warm to hot spring. Due to its location, Charlotte seems to get hit by some pretty bad storms. In 1989, a hurricane they called Hugo made a direct hit on the city with winds going up to as fast as 100 miles an hour. This hurricane destroyed over 80,000 trees, did severe property damage, and even shut the power off completely through the whole city for weeks on end. Schools were shut down for weeks until the problem was resolved. Not only that, but the aftermath was so horrific it took months for the city to even get it cleaned up again. Years later in 2002, Charlotte got hit with another storm that was not good for the city. During the winter month of December, the city was struck by an unsuspecting ice storm due to a very rare and cold winter for the region. The storms were so bad that the entire city was covered with layers and layers of ice. Residents throughout the entire city lost power in their homes for weeks on end. Even the fruit trees that grow wild in North Carolina were cracking and splitting apart from the weight of all the ice.
Charlotte is a very prosperous city when it comes to getting a job and living well off. Since the city is home to the Bank of America, the corporation employs over 15,000 residents. The top employer in Charlotte however is Atrium Health which employs over 35,000 people. Coming in second for top employers in the city is another corporation that was founded in Charlotte, Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo has over 25,000 people working for them.
Charlotte, North Carolina has a rich tattoo history. Featuring shops such as Blood, Sweat & Tears, Ace Custom Tattooing, Immortal Images Tattoo Studio, Paris Tattoos, Fu’s Custom Tattoos, and Blood Sweat & Tears Tattoo, Charlotte is a great destination if you’re looking for some new ink. With a population of 751,087, there are lots of potential customers for the parlors in town. Yelp currently lists 43 different shops when searching for “tattoo” in Charlotte. Google Places lists 496 different tattoo shops in North Carolina, which shows how competitive the state truly is. When doing research for your artist, we suggest not paying too much attention to price because quality is much more important when you’re going to be living with the artwork for the rest of your life.