Ink Fusion: Virginia Tattoo Shops Set to Shine at the Richmond Tattoo and Arts Convention

June 11, 2024

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We can’t wait to watch Virginia’s finest tattoo shops converge at the Richmond Tattoo & Arts Convention this October 18-20 for the 36th annual event. As you know, the annual tattoo gathering features only the best tattoo talent in the world. We’re fortunate that so many of these incredible artists call Virginia home. 

This October, several Virginia tattoo shops will showcase their talent, creativity and range during this Virginia tattoo convention hosted by Ink Master stars Jesse Smith and Ryan Ashley Malarkey. Learn more about them below and be sure to get your tickets soon to see them create live or book an appointment with our attending tattoo artist well ahead of time. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the standout studios you won’t want to miss:

Studio Evolve

512 S Independence Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Studio Evolve is respected in the Virginia tattoo scene for its commitment to quality and a client-forward approach to custom tattoos. Founder and owner Gabriel Cece has been tattooing since 1995 and has been published numerous times in magazines, won awards at conventions, and developed a consistent custom-based clientele. The diverse team of artists who call the studio home are known for pushing boundaries and delivering top-notch ink to their clients. 

Jack Brown’s Tattoo Revival 

1919 Princess Anne St, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401

Jack Brown’s is full of heart and is an important part of Virginia’s tattoo community. As the oldest tattoo shop in Fredericksburg, it’s known to honor traditions and the culture of old school tattooing. Co-owned by former Richmond Tattoo Convention host Kenny Brown, his legacy lives on with a friendly and talented team of artists including Chance Kenyon, Kevin Murphy, Dustin Mugridge, Tony Talbert, Ike Shaver and Rob Scheyder. Be sure to find this crew for a good laugh and great ink.

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Inkredible Tattoo

1630 General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23454

The best Virginia Beach tattoo artists will be represented during this year’s Richmond Tattoo and Art’s Convention. The Inkcredible Tattoo team is bringing their award-winning squad. Mattlock Lopez specializes in painterly realism. Artist Burke Long is sought after for his black and gray realism. Tattoo collectors love working with Brian Allen for his pop culture creations as well as black and gray realism. Artist Dorse Taylor will bring his well-loved anime tattoos as well as black and gray realism to the weekend-long event. You’ll want to be sure to book with these artists ahead of time!

Slow Ride Tattoo Gallery

115 W 25th St Suite B, Norfolk, VA 23517

We’re fortunate to have so many east coast artists joining together during one of the oldest tattoo conventions in the world. Slow Ride Tattoo Gallery will bring its Norfolk tattoo artists and rich waterside arts culture to the convention this year. Founded by Edward Alvarado and Patrick Loud, the Slow Ride team will bring its growing team to the Richmond Tattoo and Art’s Convention to offer custom illustrative, realism, black and gray, color and other tattoo styles to our exclusive 3-day event.

virginia tattoo shop quill and talonQuill and Talon Tattoo

5314 Providence Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464

Known as the “best shop in the 757,” Quill and Talon Tattoo will bring its colorful and award-winning tattoos to the Richmond Tattoo and Art’s Convention. From Ande Chambers’ full-color illustrations to Gonzo’s black and gray realism, this team is known for larger pieces and creating award-winning and imaginative compilations. This top-talent team is an important part of our VIrginia tattoo community.

Ben Around Tattoos

703 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903

This Charlottesville tattoo shop is known for being welcoming and friendly. Artists Ben, Dustin, and Andreas create a variety of styles including black & gray, Asian, realism, hybrid tattooing, and other intricate detail work. Ben Around Tattoos is named after owner Ben Miller. He says his favorite style of tattoo is what “makes the client happy.” Ben and his team are open to unique ideas and take pride in paying careful attention to the fit and flow of each piece. You’ll be sure to walk away with art that you would want to wear forever and can cherish for the years to come.

under the sun tattoo shop floyd virginiaUnder the Sun

209 N Locust St, Floyd, VA 24091

Blowing in from southwest Virginia, the Under the Sun all-female staff is bringing its a-game to the Richmond Tattoo and Art’s Convention. The shop’s artists are capable of delivering artwork in a variety of genres from black and gray realism to vibrant color work. Owned by “goddess of Ink” Abigail Bowen, she says her designs are “not merely ink on skin; they are talismans that ignite the divine spark within, beckoning forth the latent power and wisdom that slumbers in every soul.” She mentors a team of talented women, each with their own unique takes on tattoo and art. 

Lost Tribe Tattoos

10363 Courthouse Rd, Spotsylvania, Virginia 22553

Lost Tribe Tattoos is a destination for tattoo enthusiasts in Spotsylvania, Virginia. It’s Virginia’s first Black owned tattoo shop.  They’ve w

on awards for their artwork. Just this year, owner Ricky Butler took home best Neo Traditional at the DC Tattoo Expo 2024. He’ll join the shop’s five artists at the Richmond Tattoo & Arts Convention this fall. From Ricky’s dimensional portraits to Val Sanchez’s colorful anime tattoos, you’ll find these artists can bring your fun tattoo ideas to life. 

Body Art Tattoo Studio

119 West Main Street, Berryville, VA 22611

Located outside of Winchester, Virginia, this Virginia tattoo shop offers custom tattoos, a never ending flow of original artist designs, and thousands of pages of flash tattoos. Jason McArty learned tattoos under his father Tom Painter and carries on his legacy today. He is a tattoo convention veteran. He’s become known as one of the DC area’s premier tattoo artists and is internationally awarded tattoo artist. Make sure to stop by and learn more about the multi-generational tattoo team of Body Art Tattoo Studio at the Richmond Tattoo & Arts Convention.

Mitch B Tattoos Virginia tattoo artistGreyScale Tattoo Gallery

265 Jersey Ave, Virginia Beach, VA, United States, Virginia

Owned by award-winning tattoo artist Mitchell Baer, this Virginia Beach tattoo shop brings the heat every year at the Richmond Tattoo Convention. He is known for geometric tattoo designs, sacred geometry tattoo creations, and ornamental blackwork. Mitchell will be joined by his team of talented Virginia tattoo artists including Sirvone Smith who appeared on Ink Masters season 8. He is known for his saturated and colorful designs. Watch his Ink Master video here

Red 5 Tattoo

829 Lynnhaven Pkwy #121, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

The many male and female tattoo artists who call Red 5 Tattoo home will bring a diverse array of tattoo styles and an elevated approach to classic and contemporary tattoo designs. ​​Owned by artists Carl Fuchs and Chris Garcia, this east coast tattoo team is known to build lasting relationships with clients and provide its team of artists with an environment that fosters creativity. With a rich history of working in the Hampton Roads area, the two well-respected artists are bringing epic east coast vibes to the Richmond Tattoo & Arts Festival. 

Hot rod tatto Blacksburg, Virginia tattoo shopHot Rod Tattoo Blacksburg

1805 S Main St, Blacksburg, VA 24060

We’re bringing a bit of the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern Virginia to the Richmond Tattoo Convention! Hot Rod Tattoo is located near Virginia Tech and is known for providing clients with high-quality, custom designs since 2003. Owner and artist, Shaun Carroll has been tattooing since 1996 is sought after for his Celtic knot designs and has taken home many awards at our annual tattoo convention. We’re excited for Carroll and his Blacksburg tattoo team member Graham Carroll to bring his detailed, realistic tattoos and Japanese work to the line-up of must-see and must-book tattoo artists.

Lucky Bird Tattoo

Lucky Bird Tattoo, 2521 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD

We had to give an honorable mention to this neighboring east coast tattoo shop. Award winning tattoo artist Parry Chotipradit is the proud owner of Lucky Bird Tattoo. He is best known for his large scale, unique, creative illustrative characters, animals and caricatures. Other shop artists Rodd Diaz, Tyler McKinney, George O’Haran, and Jesse Wilson are always fun to watch at work during the Richmond Tattoo & Arts Convention. From comic-style to new school designs they are always pushing the boundaries of creativity. 

Make Sure to Get Your Tickets + Hotel Room Soon!

As the Richmond Tattoo and Arts Convention approaches, be sure to keep an eye out for these standout studios and the incredible artists behind them. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or a first-time enthusiast, this event promises to be a celebration of all things inked in the heart of Virginia.

ReachAbout our Richmond, Virginia Tattoo Shops!

The Richmond Tattoo Convention is full of incredible Richmond, Virginia tattoo shops and artists. We shared more information about each one in this blog post. Be sure to give it a read and learn more about the wide array of artists taking over the DoubleTree in Midlothian this October. 

Don’t Forget About Our Special Ticket Discounts!

Members of the military, senior citizens, and tattoo artists can earn free entry into the Richmond Tattoo & Arts Convention on Friday and Sunday. See more ticket details.

Become an Exbihitor

Artist Submission

Artist Contact Form

Artist Submission

Become a Volunteer

(All volunteers will receive a Free Richmond Tattoo & Arts Convention T-Shirt for helping out)
(For every hour that you Volunteer at the Richmond Tattoo & Arts Convention, Loose Screw Tattoo will give you free tattoo time. On Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Morning and Monday Morning you will receive $15 of FREE TATTOO TIME for every hour worked and on Friday Evening, Saturday and Sunday you will receive $10 of FREE TATTOO TIME per every hour worked)

Book Your Hotel!

Book your Room!

We’re taking over the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian and we're sharing our convention discount with you! Stay the night, enjoy the full convention experience, but most importantly, party safe knowing you can have a drink or two and don’t have to drive.
(We will do our best to accommodate, however due to availability we cannot guarantee that we will be able to put you on your preferred floor)
(We will do our best to accommodate, however due to availability we cannot guarantee that we will be able to put you in your preferred room type. If we cannot get your preferred room, we will let you know immediately)
Each night is $193.80 + 3% processing fee. (Cancellations: 24 hours notice prior to check-in date is required. Cancellations after that point are subject to be charged a total of one night's stay. There is a $50 early check-out fee for any reservation that vacates the room early)

Official Richmond Tattoo & Arts Convention Merchandise

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