Black 13 Tattoo

(615) 823-2088 | Email | View Website

209 10th Ave S Suite 208, Nashville, TN | Directions   37203

36.154730 -86.782348

Open Hours

Mon-Sat 12pm-9pm



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Black 13 Tattoo
Black 13 Tattoo
Black 13 Tattoo
Black 13 Tattoo

From The Owners of Black 13 Tattoo

Custom tattooing, dramatic flare and upscale, welcoming ambience in the heart of historic Nashville.

About Black 13 Tattoo

  • Custom Tattoos
  • Unique, Creative Tattoo Design
  • Seasoned Tattoo Artists

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 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.


Reviews for Black 13 Tattoo

3 months ago

I had the best experience at Black 13!!

I planned and researched getting a tattoo

for three years, wanting to make sure my first

tattoo was a good experience as I was really

scared of the pain.

The shop is awesome!!! Very clean, modern cool

style and even smelled good!!!

I would like to thank Marty as he is an awesome

artist and did a GREAT job on my tattoo!!!

He made me feel comfortable and made my

first tattoo a great experience.

I recommend this shop and deffinetly will

return for more tattoos.

Thank you Black 13, one awesome shop!!

2 months ago

Thanks for working with us Cynthia! We greatly appreciate it.

8 months ago

a big thank you to Black 13...from the 1st time I stepped in and met Doy and Patrick,gave them my ideas and what I was wanting,they both agreed and said they would set me up with Jon... they know exactly each artists strong points in each discipline and will make sure you have the best tattoo possible...set up my appointment for 2 months later,which was pretty agonizing,but if you are the best studio around,everyone is going to want to have their work done by the best...the wait was well worth it... totally professional but fun atmosphere...Jon set me up with a 3d tattoo with my 3 kids name on it that was beyond belief... I now have some friends that after seeing mine wanted information on Black 13 to get their art work done... I couldn't have had a better experience... thank you Jon for the awesome piece and thank you Doy and Black 13 for setting me up with Jon... this is a permanent piece,and I couldn't be prouder to sport it for life...

7 months ago

Hey Jeremy, thanks so much for the kind words. We appreciate your patience and willingness to work with us. If we can be of assistance down the road just let us know.

Thanks again!


9 months ago

Worst experience I have EVER had period. The artist did the opposite of what I wanted and then when I went back into to POLITELY ask him to fix it he was an egotistical cad and his boss wasn't much better!

Kustom Thrills ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL the way!

P.S. I now have a SCAR where he dug into me so hard trying to go over the color HE put in there I didn't want that it will most likely scar and have no color at all.

Amazing experience, said this girl NEVER.


And however I can report a health issue to the board and state are definately in order.

9 months ago

Hey Mandy, thanks for taking the time to discuss things with me over the phone last week. I apologize again that our versions of the experience differ and that we're unable to work with you again. We ask that you allow at least 4 weeks for healing and that you're following our care instructions during this time. If this is followed the tattoo should heal just fine without scaring, light spots, irritation, etc. As discussed earlier, I'm happy to give you our health inspectors contact information

over a year ago

TOTALLY WORTH IT!!! From the 1st call, Doy was very attentive & made sure he knew exactly what I wanted between calls & emails. I set up 2 appointments. When coming into B13 I was quickly met & greeted. Tye was ready as soon as Doy alerted him of my arrival. He has a very soft hand & his attention to detail is absolutely AMAZING! He is the best photo realism/black & grey artist I have ever seen. I am very happy with the tattoo on my foot & I highly recommend Tye Harris.

The 2nd tattoo was a custom tattoo by Josh Woods. This 1 was very special to me. He drew just what I was looking for. Josh is 1 very awesome artist. He was very professional & his work is absolutely beautiful!!! It took me a long time to find the right artist for this tattoo & I am glad I found him. Josh also has a very soft touch & I had no discomfort at all.

I wish they could hear the great comments I have received since being tattooed by them. Everyone in the Parlor makes you feel welcome & comfortable. You will not walk in to B13 & see any photo copied stencils of premade tattoos hanging on the walls. It is very clean & warm atmosphere. Their commitment to professionalism goes beyond any tattoo parlor.

If you are a serious & want to get a tattoo at B13 you have to understand your appointment is for a "TATTOO ARTIST". They create artwork for you to be their canvas & usually book 1 tattoo per day. A lot of clients travel to B13. So understand your non refundable deposit is to hold a time, show you are serious, & if you don't show for your appt., at least the artist is compensated for coming in that day & spending time on artwork for you!

9 months ago

Hey Kim, it was a absolute pleasure working with you. Thanks for the taking the time to leave us a review and thanks for the kind words!

over a year ago

Great Work, Bad Customer Service – If you are looking for brilliant artwork on your skin, the guys at Black 13 are the people to see. If you would like to feel comfortable, welcomed, and not rushed, then please go somewhere else.

The artwork Ian did on me gets compliments everywhere I go. He is a very nice man and very professional. Unfortunately, dealing with the different individuals that answer the phones is a different story.

I am a student, so when my funds ran low I cancelled my appointments. I was able to secure one final appointment, however it was just a small piece.This appeared to give some of the guys license to talk down to me when we were conducting business over the phone and in person.

That being said, would I recommend them on the basis of their work, heck yeah! Have I recommended them? Yes, but it has ended in disaster. Almost every friend and/or associate that I have recommended has left them to go to other artists around the area because they've felt uncomfortable and rudely handled.

So, as stated before, phenomenal work but bad manners.

9 months ago

Thanks Dae!

over a year ago

Great tattoo experience – I am not creative enough or ambitious enough to write two different reviews so im using the same terrible review i used on a different review website... sorry

I recently planned a vacation around going to nashville to get tattooed by TimmyB(a birthday gift to myself)...

I live in MA and TN isnt exactly a day trip. This shop is pretty different than some of the other tattoo shops i have been in previously. The firs thing i noticed was how it was tucked away on the interior of a building, totally confused me. The next thing was the smell when you walked in the door. No idea what plug in stuff the use but it smells amazing. Lastly(there was more but im already going to make this too long) was the Music... very... interesting mix, i say this as a good thing, the music was everything i think at one point it went from the jackson 5 to some death metal with heavy guitar and double bass and what have you...What does all this have to do with tattoos? nothing... nothing at all. But it was certainly a + to my experience

When timmyb showed me what he had drawn up it was exactly what i had asked for. This dude does some quality work. After the 8 or 9 hours i was there for i had a really fantastic chunk or art on my arm. The only complain i have about my entire visit was how brutal the chair i was in was. Its not often you get tattood for a long period of time and find more pain in your tail bone than in the fresh raw tattoo.

Was my trip to nashville worth it? YES!

Would i do it again? Sadly i am not made of money and work is difficult to accommodate multiple days off in a row so i probably will not be able to but i certainly would have tim do his thing and claim another chunk of skin as his canvas.

Would i force a friend to go here over anywhere else? your damn right i would... again the distance would probably prevent this.

Oh one more thing... White hotel sheets and comforters and pillows dont look so nice when you wake up the day after the tattoo.... the plastic wrap did not make it through the night :/

9 months ago

Thanks John! Once you're ready for another road trip let us know!

over a year ago

The way all shops should be – My reveiw of black 13 tattoo in nashvile tenn. is that there is nothing bad i can say about there establishment.From top to bottom they know how to get it done for you.Its the way all shops should be .My wife and i traveled there from N.Y after dicovering tattoo artist josh woods.what a great expierence we had being worked on by josh.His artwork is hands down some of the greatest i have seen.You give him an idea and he creates magic for u.Sitting in his chair for 6 hours watching ESPN,bulls@#$%ing, with each other was fantastic tattooing expierence. Dealing with one of the owners DOY was simply a pleasure .What a nice guy.Very attentive ,easy to talk to and he makes you feel at home.I can honestly say that you can not go wrong with black13 tattoo no matter what route u travel .all these guys are awesome and i highly reccommend you go visit these guys and if u dont you are defenitely missingout.from management doy and fred to the artist and owner josh or the other artists timmy,ian steve these guys want you leaving there the way i feel about them now-9WITH THE FEELING OF NOT BEING ABLE TO WAIT TILL YOU GET BACK) TRUST ME

9 months ago

Sweet! Thanks for all the kind words and thanks for working with us.

over a year ago

Great Experience – Last night I came in to do the second session on my half sleeve and I could not be more thrilled. Timmy B is an amazing artist (as are all of the artists there

over a year ago

Your arm is turning out awesome. Thanks so much for trusting us with the ideas and thanks for the kind words!

over a year ago

Simply Amazing! – From the time I got here to the time I left they were nothing but amazing. They worked with my design and turned it not only into something better, but something that I seriously enjoyed having done.

Ryan Thomas is an awesome guy and he is so talented. I really enjoyed being tattooed by him, and I don't want to go anywhere else after this tattoo.

I had a pretty insane 6 hour rib tattoo. I felt comfortable and at home the whole time.

Professional shop. Professional artists. Laid back and homey feel. I will never go anywhere else. Definately worth the 2 hour drive.

over a year ago

Josh, thanks so much for making the trip and thanks for the kind words. I know Ryan was super excited to do the piece so thanks for the opportunity.

over a year ago

The best tattoo parlor out there – Black 13 is beyond any tattoo parlor I have entered, the atmosphere was so upscale and had such creative style. I was greeted by everyone in the shop and it made me feel like I had been there before even though it was my first time. Josh Woods was the artist for my tattoo and I must say I LOVE it!!! He was such an awesome person to have met, he has style and a great sense of humor. I would recommend this shop to anyone that I encounter, I believe that each artist there has a style of thier own and whatever you are wanting in a design in a tattoo you will find a great tattoo artist here. The best there is........hands down...

over a year ago

Thank you so so much!!

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