Tattoos >Black 13 Tattoo
209 10th Ave S, Nashville, TN | Directions 3720336.154734 -86.782191
Black 13 Tattoo, conceived by Nashville musician Doy Gardner and tattoo artist Josh Woods, is working to break public preconceptions about tattooing and bring a local, home-town atmosphere to this ancient art. For over 6 years, Woods and fellow tattoo artists Steve Martin, Timmy B, Ryan Thomas, and Marty McEwen have honed their skills and bring vivid, lifelike colors, unique designs and custom tattooing and craftsmanship to the forefront.
Black 13 Tattoo merges great location, vision and talent to draw in local tattoo-lovers as well as national and global enthusiasts as well. An outstanding supply of guest artists will grace this tattoo parlor's doors and work to make Black 13 Tattoo an integral component in Nashville's expanding artistic and cultural scene. For custom tattoos and professional artists, check out the hip and inviting Black 13 Tattoo to acquire your next piece of art.
I can't say enough good things! – I have been admiring the work of the Black 13 artists for over a year now. I have been trying to make the trip from Alabama to get work done and had yet to have the chance till today. I ended up having to leave last minute for business and ended up in Nashville today. I took the chance of going in hoping they would have an opening. All the artists were booked but they were nice enough to fit me in between their appointments. They took all my information and called me as soon as they had an opening. The thing that surprised me most is that they even made time for my business partner and stayed late to finish.
These guys are great! I can't wait to schedule an appointment for next piece from Black 13. Thanks guys!
Thanks for coming in Mr. Hughes. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. Come see us again!
They think they are better than you – Their website makes them sound like the perfect tattoo shop, friendly, willing to work with you on hours and pricing. However upon attempting to talk with them about getting a tattoo I was apparently not worth their time. I only spoke to the front desk boy, no artist was willing to talk to me. My wife and I left there shaking our heads, wondering what just happened. That is ok because it led me to ICON Tattoo who is great.
Hey Jason, I'm sorry to hear you left unhappy. After reading your review I'm a little unsure why you felt like you weren't worth our time. Please understand that we have someone working the front to assist our clientele and help our artists be more efficient and respectful of their current client. WIth our artists staying busy it is unfortunately impossible for them to stop tattooing every time a new customer walks in the door. Out of respect for the client getting tattooed, we have taken the time to make sure our front help is able to answer questions and assist the client further. If a client requests speaking to an artist, its never a problem. Each one of our artists has time throughout each day to speak with clientele. If the client is unable to come back at another time, we always offer them a seat and have the artist with them as soon as possible.
I would love to personally talk with you further to better understand your concern.
Doy Gardner (Owner)
Great shop!!!! – I loved everything about the shop, the artist do great work, very professional, make you feel very welcome. I had my work done by Steve Martin & will be back with all the work that I want done in the future.
Thanks for coming in! Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Best Tattoo Studio – Loved the work done on my husband by Ian White. He created a very special tattoo, a white, celtic rose, and it is fabulous. Mr. White was extremely professional and made the experience more enjoyable. We will certainly be back.
Looking forward to seeing you soon. Thanks for the kind words!
Amazing work! – I had wanted a tattoo for years, and finally came to Black 13 to get it done- I am so glad I did! Ian White did mine, and I couldn't recommend him enough. These guys are true artists!
Tattoo ARTISTS – I was happy to finally find a tattoo shop with exceptionally good artists. They confirm appointments!!!!!!!
I have no complaints with Black 13 and I have been the victim of several bad tattoo artists. As long as Black 13 is open I will use their artists. Please visit for yourself.
Josh & Doy have created something AMAZING!!! – Josh & I met in Atlanta about 3 or 4 years ago when he started on a full sleeve of mine. He had just moved here from Buffalo a few weeks prior & while he was tattooing me we started talking about where he lived & things to do in ATL. We discovered that he lived around the corner from me & we hit it off & became great friends.
Aside from being an awesome guy, he is clearly an amazing artist & great vision. He is never scared to push the boundaries of his art & always willing to step outside of his element & try something new. The guy is not "heavy handed" at all & can fly through a piece in no time flat. But don't let that scare you & think he'll rush through something & mess it up... OH NO, he's just that good.
I met Doy through Josh & friend/tattoo artist Sean Herman & immediately like the guy from day one. Doy is a super talented musician & a great business man with the same drive & vision as Josh. It's no wonder they are in business together.
At Black 13, the first thing you'll notice is that this is unlike ANY other tattoo shop you've ever been in. It breaks any preconceived notions your mom has about places like this. There is art on the walls from Josh & all the other artists there plus, some of Josh & the other artists friends & inspirations. It honestly looks & feels like a cross between an art gallery & a hair salon.
The other artists at the shop are just as talented & driven as the men that run the place. Steve Martin is a life long Tennessee native but his skills are bigger & strecth far beyond the boundaries of any state found in the south east, maybe even the East Coast.
Lenny Renken who is also a long time friend of mine, is mind boggling sometimes. He is amazing at realism, portraits & Japanese art.
Ian White is new to the shop but is a MVP in my opinion. He does AMAZING black & white/gray scale work. But the dude can also sling some color.
Marty "Mart Mart" Riet! is a local graffiti legend in Nashville. If you ever seen some graff on the walls around town & just stopped & stared in awe & said "That incredible..." it was probably Marty's work. Marty is Josh's personal apprentice. He did his 4th tattoo on my leg as part of his apprenticeship & I was blown away. He is super talented & is dying to start tattooing full time. He's also responsible for keeping the shop clean & helping Doy run the front desk & keeping guests feeling welcome & happy. So next time you're in there, pat ole' Mart Mart on the back & tell him he's doing an awesome job.
I'm telling you, once you go to Black 13 for a tattoo, you will never go anywhere else. I still live in Atlanta & I travel to Nashville a couple times a year to hang out with my friends & get tattooed because like I said, I won't go anywhere else in the world. Give them a call & talk to Doy or Marty (as they are usually the one's that answer) & they'll be more than happy to book you an appointment. They do accept walk-ins but the artists are usually booked up months in advance so, call ahead unless you just wanna drop by, check the place out & see if MAYBE you can squeeze in somewhere.
Amazing tattoo shop – Steve does amazing work. The tattoo I just got looks like it was painted on canvas. The guys at the shop are great and the atmosphere is very relaxed. I would never go anywhere else for a tattoo.
Josh Woods is one of the very best – Josh woods did portraits of my children on me and they are the most amazing tattoos myself or nearly anyone I know has ever seen.
They are of my 5 and 4 year old boys that on each arm.
Everywhere i go people can't help but come up and ask me if its real and where in the world I got it done.
He does top of the line work in a very clean studio.
I've traveled over 600 miles 2 different times and plan on going back again to Josh b/c he is the only person that I trust to ink my skin.
Real reasonable pricing and an easy to get to location
just off of the highway.
I give em top rating!!
Hands Down - The Best – Before getting another tattoo (it had been years) I did my homework and alot of it. I visited shops in the REGION, searched the internet, read reviews and studied the artists work. After bad visit after bad visit I found Black 13 and never looked back. The artist work speaks for itself. The quality is unmatched. As for the shop experience itself, I was blown-away by the professionalism and the clean and upscale atmosphere. No other shop I visited came close to my experience at Black 13. If your considering a tattoo, save yourself some time and go straight to Black 13. You won't be dissappointed.
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