Artists: Josh Woods
Black 13 Tattoo
209 10th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
What year did you start tattooing?
I started tattooing in 2002.
How did you get into tattooing?
I was always drawing and into art from an early age. As I got older I became really interested in tattoos and was always looking through tattoo magazines. I felt like tattooing would be a great outlet for the type of artwork I wanted to do. I got a great opportunity to learn and jumped on it.
Where did you apprentice?
Tattoo Don’s Nickel City Tattoo in Buffalo, NY.
Do you have any special training?
Aside from my high school art classes and my apprenticeship, no.
What conventions have you worked at? Have you won any awards?
I’ve worked a bunch of shows over the last seven years. Since opening Black 13 in 2008 I’ve scaled back on traveling to focus on things here in Nashville. This past year I attended Hell City in Ohio, Phoenix, Motor City in Detroit, Tried and True in Orlando, and Inktoberfest in Biloxi, MS. I hope to do some shows out of the country within the next year or two. I also do a few guest spots throughout the year. I’ve been fortunate to have clients that want to enter their work at shows and I’ve picked up various awards over the last seven years.
How do you describe your style?
I think my style is best summed up as bright, bold, cartoon influenced and illustrated with hints of realism.
What inspires you as an artist?
I pull inspiration from the environment here at Black 13. All the guys here are great artists and people and its great to constantly be in a positive and creative environment. For all of us here it’s the pursuit of becoming a better artist and constantly evolving and progressing.
What other mediums do you work in?
Tattooing takes up the majority of my time but I like to paint and work with oils, acrylics and watercolors. I’m currently in the process of learning how to airbrush.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing?
At this point I love doing anything that allows me to work with my own style. Our goal at Black 13 is to create an environment where our artists are suited for the broad spectrum of styles clients want. Each guy here brings something different to the table and it allows each of us to focus on the styles we are best at.
Have you tattooed any celebrities?
Jordan, Chad, and Steve from New Found Glory. NASCAR driver Burney Lamar. We have had a few Nashville Predators (NHL) players and country music artists come get work from the guys here at the shop. Being in Nashville, your never too sure who might walk through the doors.
Is there anyone that you would like to tattoo?
Anyone from the Detroit Red Wings!
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?
The majority of my clients are already tattooed or coming to me for extensive work. Since most of them have already been tattooed, there really isn’t too much advice to give them. We always put an emphasis on the artwork and layout. I like making suggestions on ways to make the piece the best it can be.
Is there a tattoo that you haven’t done yet that you are dying to do?
There is a running joke here at the shop about wanting to do realistic penis tattoos. I would love to do an entire sleeve of dicks! Ha.