Ink & Paint
Dirk Hays, owner of East Atlanta Tattoo, Miya Bailey, a partner in City of Ink, and Phil Colvin, owner of Memorial Tattoo, are long-time tattooers. But don’t pigeonhole them. They’re all accomplished painters as well, and Dirk and Miya have even incorporated art galleries with regular exhibits into their shops.
On This is Atlanta, we talked to these three to get a sense of how an interest in art turns into a career in tattoos, what skills are required to move back and forth between skin and canvas, and what it’s like where the Atlanta tattoo scene meets the art world.