Louisville Tattoo Artists

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Here are some of the best Louisville 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

John Embry

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Vinnie Kochert

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Justin Robinson

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Danny Stiles

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Ben Barnhart

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Christopher Waugh

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Amber Bananafish

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Quentin Lee

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Dennis Pase

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Prophecy Ink Tattoo Studio

Address: 907 Baxter Ave, Louisville, KY 40202

Phone: (502) 690-7243

Tattoo Profile: Prophecy Ink is a destination for art enthusiasts and tattoo artists alike to showcase their artistic abilities and paying tribute to the amazing talents of our world today.

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Danny Stacks

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Triumph Tattoo

Address: 964 Baxter Ave, Louisville, KY 40204

Phone: (502) 584-2140

Tattoo Profile: Offering tattoos in all styles. We are happy to take care of your next body modification in a professional manner and while doing so in a sterile environment.

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Bananafish Tattoo Parlour

Address: 502 State St, New Albany, IN 47150

Phone: (812) 725-1351

Tattoo Profile: Bananafish Tattoo Parlour is owned and operated by Amber Bananafish and offers a safe and sterile environment using 100% completely disposable materials.

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Five Star Tattoo

Address: 2208 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206

Phone: (502) 895-7298

Tattoo Profile: Custom tattooing. Stop in to make an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome if we are not busy, but it is much much better to come in and make an appointment.

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Charles Browy

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Brenna Flannery

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Xtreme Ink & Piercing

Address: 531 Eastern Blvd, Clarksville, IN 47129

Phone: (812) 282-8282

Tattoo Profile: We are a full service 1 stop body modification center. We do any tattoo style you could want, from basic black and grey to full color realism.

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Tattoo Salvation

Address: 1412 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204

Phone: (502) 653-9394

Tattoo Profile: Tattoo Salvation offers world class quality to the tattoo veteran and novice alike. No appointment necessary.

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Artfully Insane

Address: 2604 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205

Phone: (502) 409-8288

Tattoo Profile: Inmates display a high degree of motor skill and cognitive function. In addition, subjects also display natural aptitude for the arts and remarkable attention to cleanliness and detail. Caution…subjects have started working as a group. Please keep monitored at all times.

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Darin Ennis

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Tattoo Machine Gun

Address: 1705 Charlestown, New Albany Rd Jeffersonville, IN 47130

Phone: (502) 759-6663

Tattoo Profile: Professional tattoo studio with over 30 years of combined experience. No matter the design, one of our friendly artist are sure to exceed your expectations.

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John Furse

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Karl Otto

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Imperial Tattoos

Address: 972 Barret Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204

Phone: (502) 618-4653

Tattoo Profile: At Imperial Tattoos you are sure to find the quality of artistry you’re looking for in your next tattoo. With in house artists to choose from, we’re confident we’ll have an artist that can and will meet your needs and exceed your expectations.

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Twisted Images

Address: 1223 Bardstown Road #1, Louisville, KY 40204

Phone: (502) 473-7400

Tattoo Profile: Creative and versatile custom tattoos, piercings, body modification and suspensions.

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The largest city in Kentucky, Louisville is the center of a metropolis that includes Kentucky, Clark and Jefferson counties. It is the seat of Jefferson county and sits on the opposite side of the Falls of the Ohio River. Louisville is connected with Jefferson, Indiana and New Albany by bridges that cross the Ohio River. In 2000, a vote passed to put Louisville and Jefferson county together and it happened in 2003. This joining of the two areas more than doubled the population of Louisville and expanded the area that Louisville covered by more than six times.

On July 8, 1773, the Europeans first visited the region where Louisville sits. The collection of Europeans were directed by Captain Thomas Bullitt and they showed up to study the lands with a commission that was permitted by the Virginian governor. During the time of the American Revolution, American officer George Rogers Clark and a group of settlers came to Corn Island in May of 1778 and settled the area. It was opposite of Beargrass Creek and at that spot, Clark organized a base for to get ready to take the Old Northwest which was currently being held by the British. Within the current city limits, Fort-on-Shore was built by the settlers that came with Clark with after they moved ashore. Louisville was organized and got its name from Louis XVI of France in 1779 and a year later the town was incorporated.

By the year 1811, Louisville had become a major river and frontier flatboat trading spot. Louisville’s development was boosted by Captain Nicholas Roosevelt who docked the boat named the New Orleans. It was the first steamboat to successfully come through the waters of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. Louisville had become a major port in the river by the year 1820 and it blossomed even more after the building of the canal (between the years 1825 and 1830) to a height of 25 feet. The Midwest and South also felt the commercial influence of Louisville. Louisville also served as key Union supply depot and a military headquarters during the American Civil War. Louisville was able to avoid the destruction of war and it actually ended up being a very important part of freeing slaves as it was a way station to cross the river to Indiana. Following the war, an energetic campaign to regain the South’s trade happened. The Louisville and Nashville Railroad was broadened to Jacksonville, Fl in the 1880’s.

During World War I, Louisville’s economy got a boost when Camp Zachary Taylor was constructed and then later on, Fort Knox was extended upon. A great deal of work to protect Louisville was needed as flooding of the Ohio wasn’t uncommon which the flood of 1937 proved in causing widespread damage.

During World War II, new industries were being created in Louisville and the most notable of those might by the synthetic rubber production. Louisville is also the leading producer of cigarettes and bonded bourbon whiskey. Other products that boosted the economy included aluminum items, paint and varnish, potter, printed matter, appliances and automobiles. The services offered in Louisville were also extremely important to the economy. These include the Louisville International Airport, which is an air cargo traffic national hub, and health care administration. Tourism is also a major economical booster in the area. You can also find the American Printing House for the Blind in Louisville. They publish books in Braille. Louisville is also the home of the Hillerich & Bradsby Company headquarters. The are the makers of the Louisville Slugger baseball bat brand.

In 1778, the University of Louisville was founded but it was originally Jefferson Seminary. You can also find Bellarmine College and Spalding University in Louisville. Louisville Presbyterian and Southern Baptist theological seminaries reside in the city as well. Some of the notable institutions include the Louisville Science Center and the J.B. Speed Art Museum.

Louisville is the city you think of when you talk about horse racing. It is home to Churchill Downs since 1875 where the Kentucky Derby is held every May. One of the oldest agricultural fairs is held in Louisville as well and called is known as the Kentucky State Fair. This fair features some of the finest horses around in their horse show and it is known to rival the Kentucky Derby as far as interest goes. The history of Louisville is fantastic if you want to visit. You can find the early home of Thomas Edison there, as well as the home of George Rogers Clark. Both of these are open to the public. During the Kentucky Derby Festival, the stern wheeler Belle of Louisville has its own hors race with the Delta Queen.

20th and 21st Century Louisville

Louisville was the hub for production of war time products. The Curtiss-Wright Aircraft Company was assigned war time aircraft production by the United States government. Following that, in 1946, that factory was sold to International Harvester who began to build agricultural equipment and tractors and a high rate.

Just like many other cities in America, Louisville started to see businesses and people move from the city into the burbs by the 1960’s and 70’s. Newly built freeways were the way in which people that lived in the suburbs commuted to work on a daily bases. During that time, it was cheaper to build new than to renovate the old buildings because of tax laws. There was a decline in local manufacturing and the South End and West End saw economic decline based on the closing of many factories.

All this being said, Louisville has been through some tough times and ended up thriving as a place with a great deal of manufacturing and wealth. If you are looking for somewhere to take your family on a vacation, Louisville is a great choice for you. Between the historical sites and the modern amenities in the area, you will never lack for things to do while you are in the great city of Louisville.

Louisville, Kentucky has a rich tattoo history. Featuring shops such as Acme Ink, Tattoo Charlie’s, Five Star Tattoo, Twisted Images, and Imperial Tattoos, Louisville is a great destination if you’re looking for some new ink. With a population of around 253,000, there are lots of potential customers for the parlors in town. Yelp currently lists 27 different shops when searching for “tattoo” in Louisville. Google Places lists 95 different tattoo shops in the Louisville area, which shows how competitive the city 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.

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