MEET OUR ARTISTS
Roman is originally from Abingdon, VA and has been tattooing since 2006. When he isn't in the tattoo shop Roman enjoys racing motocross, saltwater fishing, and traveling. He has been featured in multiple tattoo magazines, and documentaries. He has won several tattoo awards from conventions across the Eastern United States. He is a versatile artist, with experience in every style of tattooing, including cover-ups. He enjoys his own take on american traditional and black and grey realism; although these styles are preferred, he is honored to do whatever style you have in mind. Roman has worked vigorously in his career, and in May 2017 was able to open his own studio.
Travis Delp is originally from Marion, VA. He has been tattooing since 2006. He became part owner of Guilt Tattoo in its last year. Travis is a huge horror movie and pop-culture fan. Travis is a multiple award winning tattooer. He has worked tirelessly to become a versatile artist who welcomes all styles, including cover-ups. Although, Travis is accomplished is many styles, his favorite are black and grey realism, Neo-traditional, and illustrative/ new school.
Megan is originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She started her apprenticeship under her husband, Roman, in August 2017. She is now a fully licensed Tattooer, as well as our Shop Manager. Although there is still much to learned in tattooing, she usually works by appointment only, but takes walk-ins as time allows, putting her main focus first on upholding the studio to high standards, maintaining a professional and comfortable atmosphere, acting as a liaison between clients and artists. She has been featured on WCYB for her animal donation tattoos, where 100% of the profits gets donated to the local animal shelter.
Matt is originally from Orange County, California and has tattooed coast to coast for over 25 years as well as owning multiple shops, being in Southwest Virginia on and off since 2003; he is a versatile tattooer, with a wide range of experience in realism, blackwork, and designing a custom tattoo you’ll be proud to wear for years to come. Matt no only has “the best eyebrows in the world” but is an established tattooer with multiple publications on his work, we encourage you to check out his portfolio and set up an appointment with him!
Patrick joined the Imperial Tattoo Family in 2019 as our apprentice and receptionist. Patrick is from Whitetop, VA and is a self proclaimed "professional maple tree milker". He has also done a lot of volunteer work with Mount Rogers Fire Department. When Patrick isn't scrubbing tubes, breaking down stations, cleaning the shop, or answering the phone, amongst many other chores- he enjoys drawing and making custom horror inspired props, costumes, and masks. Patrick will soon start taking small appointments for heavily discounted tattoos to begin building his career.
Shop & Artists- Award & Accolades
Virginia Living "Best of Virginia" 2020
-Best of Bristol 1st Place 2019 & 2020
-Best of Bristol 2nd Place 2018
-Certificate of Appreciation Paws for a Cause
-Cape Fear Tattoo Fest Magazine Page Feature
-5th Annual GEICO Motorcycle Hot Bike Tour- Tattoo 3rd Place 2017
-Knoxville Tattoo Convention- Medium Color 3rd Place 2017
-Knoxville Tattoo Convention- Large Black and Grey 2nd Place 2017
-Knoxville Tattoo Convention- Sunday Tattoo of the Day Color 3rd Place 2017
-Knoxville Tattoo Convention- Sunday Black an Grey Tattoo of the Day 2nd Place 2016
-Knoxville Tattoo Convention Saturday Color Tattoo of the Day 3rd Place 2016
-Knoxville Tattoo Convention- Color Realism 3rd Place 2015
-Knoxville Tattoo Convention- New School 3rd Place 2015
-Knoxville Tattoo Convention- Friday Tattoo of the Day 3rd Place 2014
-Second Annual Asheville Tattoo Fest Best Small Male Color 3rd Place 2013
-Knoxville Tattoo Convention- Best of the Day 3rd Place 2012