Richmond Tattoo and Arts Academy

Hosted by Jesse Smith the 2019 Richmond Tattoo and Arts Academy is coming at you in full force! The Academy is hock full of the art world’s top artists sharing their knowledge, experience and techniques gathered through their artistic journeys. Held on Thursday, September 12th and will feature 4 internationally acclaimed tattoo artists & 4 professional artists from varying disciplines who have built successful careers through their art. The goal of the Academy is to create an environment where artists of all different stages in their careers can learn and be inspired by some of the best the art world has to offer.

Nick Baxter

is an internationally acclaimed tattoo artist known for his unique style of painterly tattooing that can be described as color surrealism, encompassing illustrative subject matter as well as biomech and bio-organic styles.

Sarah Miller

is a world recognized color realism tattoo artist who was also the runner-up in the second season of the TV show Ink Master.

Ryan Ashley Malarkey

is a tattoo artist who specializes in designs with beadwork, lace detail, and ornamental jewels. She is also known for winning the title of Ink Master season 8 and is an Ink Master Angel.

Frank LaNatra

is an insanely talented tattoo & digital artist know for his unique style and way of telling a story with the many characters he features in all of his bright and dynamic artwork.

Esao Andrews

is a painter, working with oil on wood panels. His work blends gothic grotesque, erotic and surrealism. He is best known for his Surreal album artwork for the band Circa Survive and has produced numerous comic book covers for D.C.’s Vertigo Comics.

OG Abel

is a the artist behind the OG Abel brand featuring cutting-edge original designs. His artistic abilities have brought him to work with some high-profile companies like Sony, Coca-Cola, ABC, Univision, Converse and Osiris to name a few.

Jon Wayshak

is an illustrator and comic artist known for his sketchy and energetic style of drawing, he is a great storyteller, marvelous illustrator, and world-class stylist. His inks and textures are unparalleled.

Sterling Hundley

is a Richmond local illustrator and painter whose work has received continuous national recognition. He has created work for a wide range of clients, including: Rolling Stone, Marvel, the Grammys, GQ, the New Yorker, Red Bull, Major League Baseball to name a few.


Thursday, September 12th


Each ticket comes with:

  • Access to presentations
  • Participation in a Discussion Panel where the presenting artists answer audience questions
  • A full Weekend Pass to the Richmond Tattoo and Arts Festival
  • An official, Limited Edition, 2019 Richmond Tattoo and Arts Festival T-Shirt
  • A schwag bag of goodies supplied by our sponsors and the presenting artists



Two ways to Sign up:

  • Online registration, just click the button below


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Richmond – Midlothian
1021 Koger Center Boulevard, Richmond,VA, 23235


1021 Koger Center Boulevard, Richmond,VA, 23235