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We’re turning 6! Join us at Mercy Lounge on August 2nd at 9pm to dance with your friends for free in real life! Nashville’s own Alanna Royale with be our live band this year and our dance party will be brought to you by locals La Force and Jane Dupree. Join us for art, live music, and our first ever dance party! Best of all, IT’S FREE to those 18 and up. Don’t forget to let us know you’re coming on our FaceBook page here.Read More
It’s crazy to think we’re already half way through the year. It’s been a great year so far and as we’re wrapping up June we’d like to spread the word about a few happenings.
We’re happy to announce the addition of Kirk George to the B13 family! Starting July 7th, Kirk will be with us full time taking clientele on a first come first served basis. We’ve wanted to be able to offer a great experience to those that are only in town for a few days, or just wanting something small without a long wait. Our busy appointment… Read More
We hope everyone is doing well and having a great spring. We’ve got a hand full of great guest artists coming throughout June and July and we want to encourage you to take a look in our Calendar section of our site for a full listing. If you’re interested in scheduling with any of the guest artists please contact the artist directly or reach out to us here at B13.
We’re excited to announce the hiring of walk in artist Kirk George. Kirk will be helping us out with our walk in needs assisting clients without appointments on… Read More
For far too long, social events have unfairly excluded Zombiekind. If you are one of the reanimated dead, or are in a relationship with one, there is no reason to hide in the dark any longer! If you are a living human who is sympathetic to the cause of Reanimated Rights, or have ever been Zombie-curious, you are also welcome to join this historic event. For one night, let’s put our differences aside, dance, and have fun!
What is the PROMOCALYPSE?
It’s a prom! Dancing, DJs, balloons, streamers, the works. The only difference is that you don’t have to sneak… Read More
Here’s some updates and quick mentions on upcoming happenings.
Emails and Appointment Requests
We have been experiencing more emails and appointment requests then usual. Because of this, our response time may take up to 10 days when corresponding via email. We apologize about the delayed response time but we like to be very thorough when working through clients ideas with the artists. The amount of incoming inquiries is slowing us down, but we are working very hard to catch up. In the meantime, thanks for your patience. For quickest contact outside of booking requests, please give us a call or… Read More
We will be taking a little time off to enjoy some much needed vacation time in Colorado January 27th through February 1st. While Jay and Steve will be working by appointment only, the shop will be closed during this time. Please note that we will not have access to emails, booking forms, or voicemail. We ask for your patience during this time and if you’re considering emailing or filling out a booking form please note that there will be a delayed response time once we return on February 3rd.Read More
As we wrap up 2013 we just want to say thank you to of our customers for making this another great year.
We will be closed Dec 23rd, 24th, 25th, 31st, and Jan 1st for the holidays. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year if we don’t see you before!
We’re happy to have a new shirt from Amanda Leadman as well as our third instalment of “Color This Book” for sale now! Stay tuned as we will be releasing 5 new shirts over the next few weeks. Stop by Black 13 or visit the online store here. If… Read More
If you’re looking to schedule or inquire about an appointment, check out our new online booking! This form will guide you through all the questions we need answered and help us to follow up quicker than the traditional email method. The form is accessible here on our site, or in Facebook via our “booking” tab. Ready to inquire about scheduling or your tattoo idea? Go ahead and fill out the form Here.
If you’re interested in booking with Josh Woods, this is the Read More
Thanks so so much to everyone that attended our LIVE event this past Saturday! We had an amazing turn out and we’ve currently raised over $9,000!! We will have final totals this Friday once our flash sheet auction ends. If you’re interested in purchasing one of the original flash sheets for the event, please click HERE. Just place your bid in the comment section for the piece you’d like to buy. 100% goes to the benefit. The auction ends November 1st at Noon.
Huge thanks to Cognito Salon, Cinco de Mayo, DZL, Silverhill UFO, Twine, Yazoo Brewing Company,… Read More
Many thanks to everyone who voted us “Best Tattoo Parlor” in the Nashville Scene’s Best of Nashville awards. This our 5th year being recognized by the Scene and we couldn’t be happier. Here’s to another great year!Read More
LIVE \‘liv\ v.: To pursue a positive, satisfying existence; to enjoy life
LIVE is a special event to help support those living with cancer. Black 13 Tattoo artists are preparing sheets of pre-designed tattoo images for customers to choose from. Some of the designs will have cancer survival themes. Each tattoo has a $100 minimum donation, with 100% of the proceeds going to the cause. In addition to the tattoos, there will be family-friendly activities, t-shirts for purchase, art showings, and much more.
The LIVE event will be held Saturday, October 26th, 2013 at Black 13 Tattoo Parlor in historic… Read More
We’re now selling aftercare packages at the shop. I always thought chinese food take out boxes looked cool when I was a kid so thats our packaging. We include anti-bacterial hand soap, Redemption (organic healing cream), care instructions, and a B13 fortune cookie for your enjoyment. Grab one after your next appointment for $10.Read More
Its that time again! If you think we deserve to be the best tattoo parlor in Nashville, please give us your vote! Thanks in advance! To vote, click here. Voting ends Sept 11th.Read More
We are having our 5 year anniversary party tonight at Mercy Lounge and best of all, its free! Come out and celebrate with us. Doors are at 8pm and the show starts at 9pm. In celebration of our anniversary, we are taking a family vacation and we will be closed August 4th through 8th. We will be unable to respond to phone calls and email during this time. Thanks for your understanding while we take some much needed rest and relaxation!Read More
Black 13 is turning 5 and we want to celebrate with YOU! Join us August 3rd at Mercy Lounge and enjoy a art show along with music from Jeremy Lister, The Wans, La Force, and Riff Raff (AC/DC Tribute). We will have raffles for free tattoo time along with a raffle for a special VIP packages to see Jimmy Eat World on August 16th at Marathon Music Works. This party is 18 to dance, 21+ to drink and best of all, FREE!
Go to Facebook and share our promoting post before July 19th and you will be entered to… Read More
Get to know Ryan Thomas
Ryan joined the B13 family in 2010 by way of Toledo Ohio. Though he’s been tattooing for 6 years, it’s been a great pleasure to watch him blossom not only into a fine young man, but really develop as a artist over these last few years. When he’s not tattooing he can be found with his family, eating sushi, working out, doing flips on trampolines, or slipping away to paint. Take a look at his work here and see what he’s all about!Read More
Josh grew up in Alpena Michigan and relocated to Buffalo NY in 99 where he apprenticed under Tattoo Don at Nickel City Tattoo. After finishing up his apprenticeship and getting a good grip on tattooing, he moved to Atlanta to zone in on his animated style that he’s now known for. Looking for a change, Josh met Nashville resident Doy Gardner and they brainstormed what is now Black 13 Tattoo. Josh moved to Nashville in 2008 and B13 opened its doors in late July that same year. In 2012 Josh appeared on Spike TV’s season one of Ink Master where… Read More
It’s that time again. B13 has been nominated by the Tennessean’s Toast of Music City for best tattoo parlor and we’d appreciate your vote. You can vote once a day and voting ends July 14th. Check out the ballot here.Read More
Jay was born in the not so far away state of Arkansas and has been a Tennessee resident for 8 years. We’ve been noticing Jay’s work for a while and as of May 2013 we gave in to his precious face and amazing charm and offered him a spot here. While he specializes in black and grey and traditional style art, he’s a jack of all trades and takes on a lot of different styles. Take a look through Jay’s gallery and if you have any questions about his art or would like to schedule a appointment let us know!… Read More
We have a few shirts on sale and free shipping is also included! These shirts are limited and when they’re gone, they’re all gone! Get yours now!
Our beloved Marty is named after country singer Marty Robbins and grew up just outside of Nashville in LaVergne TN. Marty’s interest in tattooing led him here because he was a fan of Josh Woods illustrated artwork and he ended up apprenticing under Josh here at Black 13 in 2008. As his apprenticeship came to a close, he started tattooing full time with us in 2010. Marty’s art background revolves heavily around graffiti where he gets to bring his amazing illustrations to life on large canvases and outdoor walls. He was given the name Riet from a good friend… Read More
We are featuring a brief Q&A series with each B13 artist throughout the month of June. You’re welcome to ask any of us questions about business, tattooing, art, whatever! Email your questions to us at info @ black13tattoo.com and we may feature yours on our website! If they are for a specific artist or staff member please be sure to note that with the question. We look forward to hearing from you!Read More
We are quickly approaching our five year anniversary and we can’t believe how fast time flies! As most of you know, we moved into a larger space about a year ago and we recently came across build out photos and decided to share. It’s crazy to see how the space transformed into what we have now and we would like to thank Ochoa Bros Construction for help along the way. If you haven’t been in to see the new space, please do! We are still located in Cummins Station, just a little further down the hall from our old suite.… Read More
We just updated our calendar today with great artists that will be joining us within the next few months. If you’re interested in booking with them while they’re here, you’re welcome to contact us or the artist directly.
We’d like to welcome Patrick Copeland to the B13 family! Patrick has signed on to manage our customer and artist relations as well as overseeing other aspects here in the shop. He brings a lot to the table and we are happy to have him!
We are starting to plan for our 5 year anniversary and wanted to say thanks to… Read More
2013 is flying by! We want to thank all of our customers for your continued support and allowing this business to continue to grow. What’s new? We are super happy to have Jay Quarles working with us full time. If you haven’t seen his work, take a look in our gallery online. For those of you who don’t know, we do a big human/zombie prom every year that just took place April 27th. It’s called Promocalypse and it was a huge success! If you’ve never been, we suggest you join us next year. Can’t make the trip to Nashville for… Read More
Promocalypse 2013 is quickly approaching! Make sure to join us Saturday April 27th at Cannery Ballroom for a night of fun, dancing, and best of all, ZOMBIES!
What is the PROMOCALYPSE?
It’s a prom! Dancing, DJs, balloons, streamers, the works. The only difference is that you don’t have to sneak out to the parking lot to drink (as long as you’re 21 & up). Oh, and the zombies. Cities across the world have hosted Zombie Walks, Zombie Crawls, and Zombie Proms. It’s your chance to get creative with makeup and costume to become a zombie for one night,… Read More
We are excited to announce that starting April 29th Jay Quarles will be tattooing full time here at B13. Take a minute and check out his work in our gallery!Read More
Promocalypse tickets and ticket/print options now available online and at Black 13 Tattoo Parlor. Visit our store for all the info along with great deals on the new Promocalypse shirts! Visit the store!Read More
We have a new web store and a lot of new items including our new Griffin iPhone cases. To celebrate the new store, we’re giving away free shipping on U.S. orders of $50 or more. Just throw the code NEWSTORE13 in during checkout to claim the freebie. Check it out now using the “Store” link at the top of the page!Read More
Black 13 consists of seven artists and two assistants that deal with what we call our customer and artist relations. When a customer calls, emails, or stops in, we work with them individually to understand their needs and determine the artist best suited for them. We feel that our artists are at their best when they are focusing on their artwork and with the amount of time needed to prepare and fulfill each appointment, our assistants work on behalf of the customer and the artist to discuss ideas, estimate cost and time involved, and schedule the customer along with being… Read More
Promocalypse is back for its fourth year! Mark you’re calendars for April 27th and join the living and the dead at Cannery Ballroom. For more information visit Promocalypse.Read More
We want to wish everyone a happy new year! We have a lot of exciting announcements coming over the next few months and we are excited for 2013. It’s our year. Make it yours!Read More
As 2012 comes to a close, we all want to give a huge thanks to everyone for making these past four years absolutely amazing. We are happy to have our family of talented artists, our new larger space, and the best customers anyone could ask for. As we wrap up 2012, we look forward to great things in 2013. We will be making a few posts over the next few weeks with exciting announcements to kick off the new year so check back soon. In the meantime, we want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!Read More
We haven’t gotten the chance to show off the new space proper, so come out and spend the night with us in true Christmas cheer. We will have refreshments, music, and photos with Santa! December 15th at 6pm inside Black 13 - 209 10th Ave S Ste 208.Read More
We are excited to announce upcoming guest spots from Justin “Big Meas” Wilson (Nov 6th - 8th) and Dan Pemble (Nov 9th -10th). If you’re interested in booking with either artist, please contact them directly or email B13.Read More
We are currently looking for a well rounded, experienced black and grey artist to join the B13 family. If you’re interested, please email us with a brief description of yourself and a link where we can view your work. Thanks!!!Read More
As of August 21st, Timmy B will no longer be accepting new clients here at Black 13. He will be relocating to the New York area in March of 2013 and currently has a waiting list that will fill his remaining time here with us. If you have submitted a online form, we are currently in the process of booking his time here and will be in touch soon. Once we have more information on when, where and future contact, we will spread the word. Thanks to everyone for understanding and patience during this transition. We will still love baby… Read More
Thanks to everyone that came out to our anniversary party Saturday August 4th. It was an amazing night and we are humbled by the support and turn out. We would personally like to think Birdcloud, The Hillbilly Casino, Street Corner Symphony, and Five Knives for incredible performances! We couldn’t have asked for better birthday party. Lastly, thanks to all of our amazing clientele over the last 4 years. Without you this wouldn’t be possible.
Doy, Josh, Timmy, Amanda, and Ryan are gearing up to head out to the Seattle Tattoo Convention August 10th - 12th. If you are in the… Read More
Come out and celebrate our 4th birthday! There will be live music from Street Corner Symphony, Hillbilly Casino, BirdCloud, and Five Kinves, art, raffles, and giveaways. Its at Mercy Lounge - starts at 9pm - and best of all, its FREE to the public. 18+Read More
We have moved down the hall to Suite 208. We are still located on the backside of the street level floor of Cummins Station, but just a little further down the hall. We are super excited with how the new space is turning out and can’t wait to post some photos. Keep an eye out for a special open house celebration. If you’re in the area, stop in and check it out!Read More
As of June 11th, we are implementing a new system for scheduling with Black 13 artist Josh Woods. He now has a online form to handle his scheudling. This form will gather all the information we need for booking and if Josh is able to take on the idea, this system will assign each customer to a waiting list. We are no longer able to schedule Josh through email or phone and ask that you fill out the online form to inquire about booking.
As of 2013, Josh will only schedule two months at a time to better accommodate… Read More
We are happy to have Tye Harris, Jon Ragoe, and Amanda Leadman joining the B13 family. Tye and Jon are already here, and Amanda stars full time in June. We are currently in the process of adding Jon to our site and Tye and Amanda are currently up for your viewing pleasure. Please contact the shop with any questions!Read More
If you’re in the area, make plans to attend Promocalypse 2012 April 28th at Cannery Ballroom. For far too long, social events have unfairly excluded Zombiekind. If you are one of the reanimated dead, or are in a relationship with one, there is no reason to hide in the dark any longer! If you are a living human who is sympathetic to the cause of Reanimated Rights, or have ever been Zombie-curious, you are also welcome to join this historic event. For one night, let’s put our differences aside, dance, and have fun!
What is the PROMOCALYPSE?
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For those of you that don’t know, Josh was a contestant on Spike TVs Ink Master. Josh was eliminated from the challenge on the last episode before the season finale. Check out the full episodes on Spike.
Huge thanks from Josh and the whole B13 crew for all the support for Josh on Ink Master. Its been amazing to see all the love and encouraging words pouring in. Josh took this on as a challenge and a way to push himself to become a better artist and have access to a different type of exposure. We are sad he… Read More
In late 2011 Black 13 Tattoo partnered with Marathon Music Works to transform 1 of 3 green rooms inside the new venue. Here’s a short story from both sides explaining a little about each venture and the partnership together. Click here to watch the video. For more info, check out B13 and MMW
David Tevenal is coming to Black 13 March 8th through the 10th. Check out more of his work here and email directly to inquire about an appointment.Read More
If you missed the premier last week, make sure to catch it online and be ready for episode two the night of Jan 24th. Josh won the first flash challenge and we look forward to what’s up next.
To catch up on episode one click HERE.
For a sneak peak of episode two, click HERERead More
Black 13’s own Josh Woods will be on Spike TV’s Ink Master! This is the first competition based tattoo show set to air Jan 18th 2012 on Spike! Make sure you tune in and check it out!Read More
12.15.2014 New booking info for Amanda Leadman!
11.26.2014 Black Friday and Cyber Monday!
11.07.2014 Black 13 Welcomes Steve Pearson
09.29.2014 LIVE 2014
09.15.2014 Dog Art for Old Friends
09.04.2014 Where should you park?
08.14.2014 Best Of Nashville Voting
08.12.2014 Marty does YouTube
07.31.2014 Upcoming Closing
06.27.2014 Wrapping up June
06.05.2014 June Updates!
04.07.2014 Promocalypse 2014
03.25.2014 March Updates
01.21.2014 A little rest and relaxation
12.17.2013 December updates!
11.06.2013 New way to book with us!
10.29.2013 LIVE Benefit Original Flash Sheet Auction
10.22.2013 B13 Voted Best Tattoo Parlor in Nashville
10.08.2013 Black 13 Presents “LIVE” Benefit
09.24.2013 Now selling aftercare packages!
08.15.2013 Nashville Scene’s “Best Of 2013”
08.03.2013 Anniversary and upcoming closing.
07.15.2013 B13 5 Year Anniversary and Jimmy Eat World
07.10.2013 Get to know Ryan Thomas!
07.03.2013 Get to know Josh Woods!
06.28.2013 Toast Of Music City
06.13.2013 Get to know Jay Quarles!
06.10.2013 Online Sale!
06.05.2013 Get to know Marty “Riet” McEwen!
05.31.2013 Have any questions for the B13 crew?
05.30.2013 A little trip down memory lane
05.20.2013 Guest artists and more!
05.02.2013 May Updates
04.17.2013 Promocalypse 2013 days away!
04.02.2013 B13 Welcomes Jay Quarles!
03.27.2013 Promocalypse Tickets on sale now!
01.24.2013 New Web Store!
01.15.2013 Our scheduling process explained
01.13.2013 PROMocalypse 2013 Date Announced
01.03.2013 Happy New Year!
12.23.2012 Wrapping up 2012
11.07.2012 B13 Christmas Open House!
10.24.2012 Upcoming Guest Artists at B13
09.03.2012 B13 seeking new artist
08.21.2012 Timmy B updates
08.06.2012 New News
07.06.2012 Free B13 B-Day Party Aug 4th!
07.05.2012 Down the hall y’all!
06.12.2012 New booking process for Josh Woods
04.24.2012 New artists!
04.24.2012 Promocalypse 2012 April 28th!
02.29.2012 Josh Woods and Ink Master
02.01.2012 B13 and MMW collaboration.
02.01.2012 David Tevenal Guest Spot