Best tattoo studio to spark a cultural renaissance: City of Ink
Art isn't just skin deep at Castleberry Hill's City of Ink. The six-year-old tattoo and art gallery remains a hub for the city's urban arts, culture, and indie hip-hop scenes. With a staff that consists of such well-known influencers as Greedmont Park co-founder and one-half of local rap duo Mach 5, Corey Davis; locally celebrated acrylic painter Paper Frank; and 2013 "Best Ink" reality-show alum Melvin Todd; the shop is one of Atlanta's most high profile. The artists on staff take their custom-designed work seriously and have nurtured a cultured customer base as a result. People travel from across the country, and sometimes internationally, to get tatted up. It's all part of the vision put into play by co-founder Miya Bailey, who last year independently released his film Color Outside the Lines, about the 20-year legacy of black tattoo artists. Judging from the look of things, the next two decades should have City of Ink's imprint all over them.