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15 Amazing Charlotte Tattoo Artists You Should Follow

So you’ve been thinking of getting a tattoo. Luckily for you, WCCB has compiled a list of 15 amazing artists in the Charlotte area. These artists specialize in everything from American Traditional style of tattooing to Japanese, Watercolor, Realism, and many more styles.

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Elisa Sanchez

  • Sanchez has been working as an artist and illustrator for the past six years in Charlotte.
  • She graduated from UNCC with a degree in the arts.
  • Sanchez’s work is featured at Goodyear Arts gallery, where she says she has been a resident for the past three years.


Tucker Sward

  • Sward’s first love for art started with drawing. He says he has been drawing for as long as he can remember, filling notebooks full of sketches and characters of his own creation.
  • Post high school, Sward studied illustration at UNCC.
  • Sward says he has worked for years in the local mural scene.
  • Sward experiments with bold line work, color blending, smooth gray shading, and custom design.


Brad Yow

  • Yow is a North Carolina native who has been in the tattoo game since 2018.
  • Yow specializes in fine line work, black work, and illustrative tattoos.

Canvas Tattoo Talks Business of Body Art

Jason Baker, a former Army Ranger, worked several corporate jobs after his discharge, but none of them satisfied him. “I knew I wanted to do something humane and connected to a community,” he says, “something that filled me up.” He’d commissioned tattoo artist Conan McParland to cover up some of his old military tattoos, and during their long talks he hit on the idea that led to his career epiphany: a tattoo parlor that made the physically painful experience more comfortable.

In 2017, Baker opened Canvas Tattoo & Art Gallery in a NoDa bungalow across from the Johnston YMCA, a relocation from the original space in South End. They’ve added small, calming touches: Photos and paintings hang on the walls; outside, picnic tables adorn the gravel lot in back, and Adirondack chairs circle the fire pit near an aquaponic pool where herbs and vegetables grow.

Baker opened a second location a block down the street last year, part of a continuing effort to make the business a player in the neighborhood’s enhancement. Canvas Tattoo has sponsored more than 70 events in the last two years, from fundraisers to art exhibits to rock ’n’ roll shows.

Baker is a tattoo canvas, not an artist: On his left arm are the weapons he used as an Army Ranger capped by a portrait of Odin, the wise god of Norse mythology. In May, Charlotte magazine spoke to Baker and one of his tattoo artists, Matt Terry (edited for clarity and length). —Laurie Prince


Charlotte magazine: How do you make a tattoo shop inviting to customers? 

Jason Baker: People are already nervous, coming in to get a tattoo—it hurts—and so we do everything we can, from letting them watch a movie on an iPad when they’re getting a tattoo to the music we listen to and the environment they’re in. It’s the experience you would expect at a nice hair salon.

Matt Terry: The clients themselves have shifted now that it’s mainstream. That old-school mentality of having the rough and gruff tattoo setting does not go with societal expectations now.


CM: There’s so much art on display. Who did the Andy Warhol portrait?

JB: A local artist, Lori Love. That is all made from compact discs and vinyl records. All of the art you see here is by local artists. All the art is for sale. NoDa used to be known for gallery crawls, but now there’s not a lot—the galleries are gone. So you’re seeing hybrid gallery spaces like this. People who get tattoos generally like art. We do art shows with live music, photography shows, and all of those are to support NoDa artists, photographers, and musicians.



Baker calls Canvas Tattoo a hybrid gallery space for the artwork they display.

CM: Matt, you’ve been a tattoo artist for 20 years. What’s changed?

MT: We used to ‘carry flash’ in the old shops—you had pages of stuff to look through to get ideas for designs. Now we have the whole Internet. People have already done all their homework, and they know what they want before they get here.


CM: What designs are popular now?

MT: People want a lot of compasses now, even though they’ve never traveled.

JB: And clocks.

MT: It could be a social thing, like wanting to leave or worried about time left. There could be some sort of underlying psychic reservoir for why this is so popular, because you do see it a lot.

JB: In the last 18 months, we’ve all seen a lot of minimalist fine artwork. Very thin fine lines, no coloring, no shading, just really delicate.

MT: And fully rendered paintings. The watercolor look is popular.


CM: What parts of the body do people want tattooed?

MT: The people who are getting their first few tattoos want them in less visible locations. “I’m going to keep it under my polo shirt line.” Most people who can afford to come in and get stages of tattoo art are in a job where they can’t necessarily show them off. But even that’s decreasing.


CM: Is it true that tattoos are addictive?

MT: I don’t think they’re necessarily addictive. You take this hurdle to do something that you cannot alter, that’s permanent. You do it once, and you go, ‘Oh, I could do that again.’ And you do it again, and you say, ‘I wish I’d gotten the first one bigger.’ And so you start making these changes.

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FOX 46 Unfiltered: Jason Baker of Canvas Tattoos

Watch this video –

“It’s kind of like they hit your sister.”

I’m starting a new thing on my Facebook page called FOX 46 UNFILTERED.

Here you’ll hear from someone I’ve interviewed – unfiltered, no edits, just their words as they said them.

Today, we meet Jason Baker, owner of Canvas Tattoo & Art Gallery in NoDa. He’s a good friend of Ashley Bacon, a bartender at Dog Bar who was sucker punched by a customer Brian Snider over a $2.50 beer.

Jason’s offering a $500 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to Brian Snider’s arrest. It’s selfless acts like these that show why NoDa is not just a hip neighborhood in which to hang out, it’s a wonderful place to live. Neighbors care about each other and they step up to help one another.

Here’s Jason – unfiltered – the way his family and friends like it.

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NODA community supports grieving father after son killed

Credit: Gofundme pageCHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) –

The son of a Charlotte barber shop owner was killed last weekend in Fayetteville.

Kareem Moore’s 9-year-old son Zamarie Chance died after an apparent beating at a hotel. This week, his mother Crystal Matthews was charged with the murder.

“It really touched me in a way that, I wanted to do something,” NODA artist Sam Sullivan says.

Sullivan is one of many in the community that is putting brush to canvas, to help Moore in his time of need.

“I don’t have a lot of money, but I have a lot of art,” she says.

Moore owns “Barber’s Square” in NODA. His friend and fellow business owner Jason Baker says the grieving father is approaching the devastating situation with compassion.

Credit: Gofundme page“He said right off the gate, ‘I forgive her.’ And just talked nicely about her, basically saying, ‘I know that wasn’t the true her,’” Baker, who owns Canvas Tattoo & Art Gallery said.

Baker set up shop on North Davidson around the same time Moore did, just less than a year ago. Quickly, the two grew close, and Baker is now urging the community to rally around his friend.

“When I saw this goodness coming out of him, even in this tragedy, that’s kind of where this started. We’ve got to do something for him,” he says.

Now, local artists and businesses are doing just that. They are donating their talents and time to create a silent auction. Money raised will support Moore, while his shop in Charlotte stays closed.

It’s an instance of strangers coming together, to help a neighbor in need.

“The fact that he’s somebody I don’t know doesn’t take away from what I want to be able to do, to help,” Sullivan says.

The auction is scheduled for Nov. 11 at Canvas Tattoo. For more information, click here (

There is also a GoFundMe account for the Moore family set up here (

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NODA businesses band together to help father who lost 9-year-old son


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Several businesses in NoDa are feeling the heartbreak of Kareem Moore.

Moore owns “Barber’s Square” off North Davidson Street. His shop was closed Thursday so he could deal with the death of his son.

There is a sign posted on the front door that reads: “Due to a family emergency Barber’s Square will be closed until further notice.”

Police in Fayetteville found Moore’s 9-year-old son, Zamarie Chance, unresponsive in a hotel room. They believe his own mother beat him to death.

Jason Baker, Owner of Canvas Tattoo and Art Gallery, said he is heartbroken for his friend.

“I have a 12-year-old boy. I can’t even imagine the heartache that he is going through right now as a father,” said Baker.

Baker said he spoke with Moore this week.

“We have exchanged some messages and he’s hurting, as you can imagine,” he said.

Baker said the news of the boy’s death really hit the NoDa business community hard. Channel 9 found that many businesses are hosting fundraisers and raffles to keep Moore’s shop open and to help pay for funeral costs.

The owner of Salud, Jason Glunt, said he plans to raffle off a 9-liter bottle of beer and give the proceeds to Moore.

“My heart was broken. My wife’s too. Kareem is a really nice guy,” Glunt said. “We are doing whatever we can to help him out.”

Baker said he is holding a silent auction to help Moore. It is called Just Us for Zamarie and will be held Nov. 11 from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Canvas Tattoo and Art Gallery off North Davidson Street.

Moore told Channel 9’s sister station, WDTV in Raleigh, that he forgives his son’s mother. He also said he had no idea she had been taking medication for about a year for a mental illness.

Baker said one aspect of his silent auction will include education from mental health professionals.

“Maybe learn a little bit more and prevent something like this from happening in the future,” said Baker.

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NODA tattoo shop says LGBT flag stolen, orders three more


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In a place that makes people stand out, Canvas Tattoo owner Jason Baker wants to make sure they fit in.

“I think it’s important to let people know they’re accepted,” he said. “Small gestures mean a lot.”

Small gestures like the flags planted outside his NODA shop. Military support, religious inclusivity, and LGBT acceptance have always been on display there, he says. Until one of the markers mysteriously disappeared.

“It just felt like something was missing as I pulled into the driveway,” Baker recalled.

The LGBT pride flag, he said, was gone. Baker then took to social media.

“Our flag was stolen,” he remembered writing. “Ordered three more today… this is our values, steal it as many times as you want, I’m prepared for two more thefts right now.”

Now there’s a new flag, and two more duplicates on standby.

He hopes it’ll send a message.

“People who are kind of about knocking people down, are pretty loud in today’s world,” he said. “I think it’s important that if you want to lift people up, you’re as loud today.”

He hopes his shop’s heavily-trafficked street means that message spreads beyond the buzz of tattoo guns.

“You don’t have to be part of a group to understand what it’s like to not be accepted,” he said. “I can certainly identify with feelings of wanting to be loved and accepted.”

Copyright 2018 WBTV. All rights reserved.

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Big Brother Gets Tattoo Of Little Brother With Down’s Syndrome

We all know a set of siblings who are at each other’s throat at any opportunity possible – but maybe things would be different if they had a quick look at this video.

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Because this young man with Down’s syndrome reacted in the most amazing way when he saw his older brother’s tattoo for the first time. We think he definitely approves of it, that’s for sure.

The tattoo was of the LAD’s face inside the mouth of a lion and he couldn’t believe it as he ran his hand across his brother’s arm before giving him a kiss and an affectionate hug.

Someone chopping onions in here? Or just me?

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Credit: Facebook/Soares Sheila


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Britain’s First Tattoo Artist in Victorian Times

Amazing Photos Reveal the Work of Britain’s First Tattoo Artist in Victorian Times

In Victorian England, Sutherland Macdonald stands out as the country’s first professional tattoo artist. After James Cook‘s trip to the South Pacific, where the crew was exposed to Polynesian inking culture, tattoos began to trickle into society, growing in popularity through the years. For his part, Macdonald was said to have been exposed to tattooing in the 1880s while with the British Army.

Already an artist, Macdonald picked up the craft and by 1889 was operating a tattoo parlor out of the Hamam Turkish Baths at 76 Jermyn Street in London. In Victorian England, working as a tattoo artist was unheard of. In fact, in 1894 the Post Office Directory—the Yellow Pages at the time—had to add a new professional category for his listing. Thus, the word tattooist, a combination of tattoo and artist, was coined. Macdonald remained the only professional under the category for four years. “While tattooing was going on, there is no evidence of another professional studio in Britain at the time, working on paying customers,” explains Matt Lodder, a lecturer at the University of Essex.

Macdonald, who started off using hand tools and then graduated to an electric machine that he patented in 1894, had his share of celebrity and aristocratic clients. He’s said to have tattooed several of Queen Victoria’s sons, as well as the kings of Norway and Denmark. Tattoos were becoming increasingly popular with the European elite after Britain’s King Edward VII and his son were tattooed in Jerusalem and Japan, respectively.

“For nearly forty years crowned heads and famous people climbed the narrow staircase in Jermyn Street to visit Macdonald and to leave bearing some of the most wonderful ornaments ever placed on human skin,” wrote George Burchett in his 1953 book, Memoirs of a Tattooist. “A well-spoken, intelligent and gentle man, Sutherland Macdonald made friends of his customers, who treated him as an equal.”

And if that were not enough, Macdonald is also thought to have pioneered the use of blue and green in his work. All told, Macdonald is a historic tattooist who helped pioneer the art form, helping elevate it to a respected profession.

These images are part of the exhibition Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed, on view at the National Maritime Musem of Cornwall through January 7, 2018.

Sutherland Macdonald, who opened his own tattoo studio in 1894, was the first professional tattooist in Britain.

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19 Best Tattoo Artists in Charlotte

Why They’re The 19 Best Tattoo Artists in Charlotte?

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