MEET OUR ARTISTS
Roman is originally from Abingdon, VA and has been tattooing since 2006. 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. Roman enjoys his own take on large scale Japanese and illustrative; although these styles are preferred, he is honored to do whatever style you have in mind. Working vigorously throughout his career, he was able to open his own studio, Imperial Tattoo, in May 2017. When outside of the shop, he enjoys anything on two wheels, exploring the world, cooking, and sipping fine bourbons.*BOOKS CURRENTLY CLOSED*
Travis 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 in many styles, his favorites are, black and grey realism, Neo-traditional, and illustrative/ new school.
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 not 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!
Megan is originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She started her apprenticeship under Roman in 2017. Her favorite styles to tattoo are traditional, Neo-traditional, and black work. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading...oh and investigating with her paranormal team! Her work can be found on Instagram @inkedmeg
Patrick joined Imperial in 2019 as our apprentice. Patrick completed his apprenticeship and received his tattooer license in July 2022. 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. He enjoys drawing and making custom horror inspired props, cos-play, and masks. Exploring many styles of tattooing, his favorites so far are blackwork and traditional inspired.
Kevin is just Kevin. When you meet Kevin, you'll know what we mean. Kevin is also a big Lord of the Rings fan, slays the bass, and he does some cool tattoos.
Summer is currently working hard in her apprenticeship while also taking on the vital role of our shop manager. She enjoys tattooing well into the late evening hours, as well as petting all forms of critters.
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