15 Charlotte tattoo artists you should be following on Instagram

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Admittedly, I’m not a tattoo person, but it’s not because I don’t think they can’t be over-the-top cool – it’s because I can’t stomach committing to something that permanent.

These artists, well-known and respected in the Charlotte tattoo scene, though? They might make a girl think again.

@alextattoosnc

Who: Alex Santaloci
Studio: 
Canvas Tattoos, 201 West Morehead Street
Followers: 1,700+

Always have a blast when I get to tattoo Faye. #nctattooers

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Had fun doing this custom geometric job on a super tough chick. Thanks, Leah and Courtney! #nctattooers

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@christoler

Who: Chris Toler
Studio: Seventh Sin Tattoo Company, 927 Central Avenue
Followers: 33,500+

A gnarly Charlie for ya.

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Version of the #VitruvianMan I did at the Tattanooga show.

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@jake_thorsell

Who: Jake Thorsell
Studio: Fu’s Custom Tattoo, 3200 North Davidson Street
Followers: 6,100+

@jasonhanna_mtl

Who: Jason Hanna
Studio: Made To Last Tattoo, 129 North Poplar Street
Followers: 3,400+

Mountain scene from today. #madetolasttattoo

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North Kackalacky with some script #madetolasttattoo #charlottetattooers

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@jordanstattoos

Who: Jordan Matchin
Studio: Divine Arts Tattoo, 10915 Monroe Road
Followers: 2,290+

@justinjohnson_tattooer

Who: Justin Johnson
Studio: Fu’s Custom Tattoo, 3200 North Davidson Street
Followers: 2,100+

Knock the skullfly out on my homie dome. Fun one. Thanks for looking!

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Stoked I got to tattoo this cow ant on my homie Gerry.. thanks bro ! #charlottetattooers #nctattooers #seustattoos #insecttattoo

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Small peace pizza on lower shin. #makepizzanotwar

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@lazers_spikes

Who: Matt Terry
Studio: Fu’s Custom Tattoo, 3200 North Davidson Street
Followers: 870+

The Prince nebula. #mattterryart #prince #portraittattoo #nctattooers #charlottetattooers #fuscustomtattoos

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Finally done! @cmered is officially one of my faves… part1.

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@leegreenetattoos

Who: Lee Greene
Studio: Immortal Images Custom Tattoo Studio, 3750 Monroe Road
Followers: 1,760+

❤️

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@littlejennsmall

Who: Jenn Small
Studio: Made To Last Tattoo, 129 North Poplar Street
Followers: 27,900+

One of my favorites on @tree_tops from awhile back!

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@nickfriedrich_amf

Who: Nick Friedrich
Studio: Canvas Tattoos, 201 West Morehead Street
Followers: 14,600+

@slootattoos

Who: Jeremy Sloo Hamilton
Studio: Made To Last Tattoo, 129 North Poplar Street
Followers: 31,800+

Flowers are the best

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@tattoome_stacy

Who: Stacy Smith
Studio: Tattoo Me Charlotte, 1440 South Tryon Street
Followers: 9,600+

But leave her wild

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Lion lines

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Mother tree ✨

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@tattoosbyelijah

Who: Elijah Blackwell Hernandez
Studio: Sink or Swim Tattoo, 11100 Matthews Road
Followers: 4,110+

fun one from today thanks for looking

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piece in progress quite a bit more to do smooth out and such

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@uglytom

Who: Tom Michael
Studio: 510 Expert Tattoo, 510 East 35th Street
Followers: 10,200+

Getting close on @corijamestattoo thanks tough girl #510experttattoo

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I got Eric’s pirate ship colored in today, thanks buddy! #510experttattoo

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All the bullshits done, starting the main event next session on @holladat

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@xskinnyx

Who: Matt Bagwell
Studio: Made To Last Tattoo, 129 North Poplar Street
Followers: 17,400+

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Kylie Moore
Writer doubling as a travel, wine, and Oxford Comma enthusiast.