FIRST PLACE: Greatest Tattoo Studio
RUNNER-UP: Greatest Tattoo Artist (Tugboat Johnny)
Tattoo Archive is a type of singular gems that makes Winston-Salem town that it’s. However actually, it was begun in Berkley, Calif. by Chuck Eldredge, who moved the operation right here in 2007 after a long time of operation on the West Coast. The archive is a museum, with wealthy texts and paintings culled from centuries of the apply, and in addition an training middle, with educated consultants on physique artwork. The web site can also be trove of information, with listed histories of tattooing and tattooists. The store itself acts as a gallery, with an ever-changing array of tattoo-inspired artwork and classic curiosities. And it’s additionally a full-on tattoo studio, the place Tugboat Johnny plies his award-winning expertise for the previous six years.
“All of the outlets I labored at earlier than have been all like avenue outlets,” Johnny says. “You simply do whoever walks in off the road. [At the archive,] even earlier than the pandemic we have been extra appointment primarily based. It’s good having that house, and to work with Chuck, decide his mind about something tattooing. He’s seen a lot….” (tattooarchive.com)