Inklanation Custom Tattoo & Piercing

We are Cabarrus County’s premier body modification studio. We offer custom tattoo work, flash tattoo art, and a full line of body piercing, dermal anchors, and the best body jewelry around! From the most experienced tattoo collectors to the super nervous first-timers, our friendly and accommodating staff will make your experience here amazing!

Give us a call at 704-932-INKS (4657) to book your appointment or just stop by to hang out and enjoy the atmosphere while you wait.

Meet Our Artists

Inklanation Location & Hours


703 S. Main Street, Kannapolis, NC 28081


(704) 932-INKS (4657)


[email protected]

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Saturday – 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Sunday – 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Hours may vary on holidays.





Custom Tattoos & Piercing

Inklanation is a custom and appointment based shop, but we always welcome walk-ins subject to availability.

Our shop is maintained as a sterile environment because we place a high value on the health and well being of our customers. After each piercing and tattoo, customers will be given specific instructions to prevent infections and other damage.

North Carolina law prohibits anyone from tattooing a person under the age of 18. You may be under 18 for piercings if you are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Piercing Prices

Single $35 / Double $65 / Triple $85

Nose • Lobe • Eyebrow • Monroe • Helix • Belly Button • Lip • Labrett • Tongue • Tragus • Cartlidge • Conch


Rook • Surface • Snake Eyes • Daith


Dermal (2 for $100) • Nipples (Pair) • Industrial • Lobes (Pair)


Genitalia (Male/Female)




Matthew (Lunchbox)

Shop Owner, Tattoo Artist

Matthew (Lunchbox) was born and raised in Alabama, where he started his tattoo apprenticeship. In 2013, he moved to North Carolina where he’s been tattooing since. He is a huge geek and loves comics, Legos, video games, Star Wars, and riding around on his Harley. Lunchbox specializes in Geek tattoos, Black and Grey, New School, and custom drawn designs.

Dave (Super Dave)

Tattoo Artist/Piercer

Dave (Super Dave) has been tattooing and piercing for 20 years. He learned piercing from a master piercer, which makes him one of the few master piercers in the area. Dave used to own a shop in Charlotte, but felt that he couldn’t grow as an artist there. He’s tattooed in a lot of locations around North Carolina, but he’s called Inklanation home since February of 2016.



I have had several tattoos done at different shops and none of them can even touch Inklanation. It is really the kind of place you can not wait to go back to! I am over an hour away, and there are many shops closer but I won’t go anywhere else.

Rachel Duncan
Billy was great and easy to talk to made me feel comfortable with each step when he was getting my first regular tongue piercing done. Am happy with it.
Brenda Mejia

First time visit to the shop and it was excellent. My wife wanted some piercings done and they were more than professional. Billy did a great job, and we will definitely be returning. The shop was very clean and sterile.

Jacob McCraven

Super kick-ass people. Down to earth & friendly! The shop is nice! Very spacious, clean & comfortable! They sure have my business & I plan to spread the word to friends as well!

Jade Kendrick

I got my first tattoo here from Matt, and my sister got her second tattoo from him as well. He did an amazing job on both, and was super helpful in getting us both what we wanted, even adding a little to my idea and just blowing it out of the water. Everyone in the shop was super friendly and helpful, and I will definitely be back!

Samantha Chase

I had my first tattoo done here by Matt and my wife just received some ear piercings by Billy last night. Matt did an amazing job on my tattoo and my wife really enjoyed the piercing experience with Billy as well.

Richard Cooke
See even more testimonials on our Google+ page.



How are tattoos priced?

Large tattoos are priced at $125 an hour (industry standard) and smaller tattoos are priced flexibly based on their size and design. It’s usually best to drop us a line on facebook or just come in to the shop to discuss it with your artist.

Am I expected to tip my tattoo artist?

Your artist will never expect you to tip, but they appreciate it when you do. Many details factor into the cost of your tattoo and the same goes for your tip. A basic rule of thumb to follow is 10%-30% per piece ($10-$30 per hour).

Do I need an appointment?

We work by both appointment and walk-ins. You don’t always need an appointment, but they are usually ideal! Walk-in clients are taken on a first come, first serve basis. We cannot guarantee availability.

How old do you need to be to get tattoos and piercings?

North Carolina law prohibits anyone from tattooing a person under the age of 18. You may be under 18 for piercings if you are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. We reserve the right to refuse anyone service.

Can I have a drink before I get tattooed?

It is illegal and ill advised to get tattooed while under the influence of alcohol. Contrary to popular belief, alcohol will not make your experience any better. It actually makes the process more difficult for you as well as the artist and raises the risk of complications. Other drugs, including Marijuana, can also have a negative impact on the process.

Can I get tattooed while pregnant or breast feeding?

No. Your body is going through tremendous changes and stress. Getting tattooed while pregnant or breast-feeding can negatively impact either/or your health and that of your baby. It’s simply not worth the risk.

Should I eat before I get tattooed?

It is ideal to eat a healthy portioned meal within four hours of being tattooed. You don’t want to be starving or stuffed. Having stable blood sugar bolsters your immune system and helps the body deal with the fluctuation of endorphins, which are released during the tattoo process. For long tattoo sessions bring some fruit and trail mix. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and aspirin.

Can we bring children into the shop?

For the safety of your children and the sanity of our studio we ask that you kindly keep your well-behaved children fully under your control and out of trouble at all times. When it is time for your tattoo we strongly encourage you to get a babysitter. The artist is trying to concentrate and you and the other clients are trying to relax. At the very least, you will need to bring an additional adult to supervise and monitor the child while you are getting tattooed. Particular artists may have greater sensitivity to children in the station. We reserve the right to reschedule you at your own expense if the child poses a problem.

What can I do to prepare for my Tattoo?

Do your homework. Pick the right artist, the right tattoo and the right time in your life (for example: don’t get tattooed the week before you go to a resort with a hot tub.) Happy, healthy people heal better. Getting tattooed when you are sick, post or pre-surgery, or exceptionally stressed out is not ideal. Furthermore, people with compromised immune systems (e.g. diabetes, Hepatitis, HIV) typically take longer to heal.

Can I bring in my own drawing?

We encourage you to bring in your own artwork or references and ideas that our artists can use to draw you a custom tattoo. A custom tattoo is a tattoo designed with you specifically in mind, made to fit your personal tastes as well as your body shape perfectly. We believe your tattoo should be yours and will not tattoo it on anyone else. Our artist may need to rework your personal drawings based on the drawings’ “tattooability”.

How big does my tattoo have to be?

The size depends on the complexity of the image/text and the area of the body where the tattoo is being placed. In general, tattoos that look big on paper look far smaller in the larger context of your body. We will gladly consult with you to determine the best way to meet your needs and get a tattoo that will survive the test of time.

Can you fix/cover-up a bad tattoo I have?

Probably. Not every tattoo is an ideal candidate for fixing or covering. A consult is essential to determine and discuss what imagery is necessary to adequately cover the old work. Two of the most frequently covered tattoo designs are gang related and lovers’ names. In consideration of this fact, our artists may choose not to do them.

Can you tattoo over a scar?

It depends on the severity and maturity of the scar. This is judged on a case-by-case basis; in general, a scar should be at least one year old. Come in to discuss your options.

Does it hurt?

Yes. No. Maybe. Pain varies from person to person and from day to day. Most people compare getting a tattoo to the discomfort of scratching a sunburn. Relax, don’t fight it and it will all be over soon… or in a few hours, depending on the size of the tattoo.

What is the most painful place to be tattooed?

Again, pain is subjective and varies from person to person. Do not choose an area or a size based on the pain factor. The beauty of the tattoo will last for decades longer than the brief period of discomfort it takes to complete the tattoo.

What if I'm allergic to latex?

In general, it is important to inform your artist of any allergies or medical conditions. If you are allergic to latex, we do have nitrile gloves that we can use instead.

How do I take care of my tattoo or piercing?

Listen to your artist! Not your buddy, not your mailman, not your uncle Bob. Your artist is the expert and they are invested in your healing their work properly so that the resulting healed tattoo is something that makes you both proud.

How long does it take for a tattoo to heal?

Tattoos when cared for properly takes approximately around 3 weeks to initially heal. After 3 weeks you should be able to resume normal activities (swimming, gym, etc.) It takes a couple months for full healing.

What area of the body is the hardest to heal?

Blood flow is an integral part of the healing process so the closer to the heart the better the healing. Healing of the lower legs and feet can take longer based on that fact. Another significant factor in healing is friction. Tattoos on the torso where clothing constricts and where pivotal movement is constant can lead to longer heal times and complications. Areas of the body with natural seams, like elbows and knees can have a harder time healing as well.

Is it normal for my new tattoo to scab?

Scabbing, flaking, peeling, dryness and a hazy appearance are all natural parts of the healing process. However, severe scabs that are deep and thick may indicate a need to change your aftercare routine and should be addressed with your tattoo artist.

Can I tan?

Stay out of the sun and tanning booths, especially during the healing process. Any form of tanning can and will damage and fade a tattoo. If you are a sun worshiper, we recommend a SPF 30+ sun block for life.

What happens if my tattoo gets infected?

More often than not, what you perceive as an infection is actually an irritation. Allergic reactions or infections are extremely rare. If you think there is an issue, please come speak with your artist. If there is an actual infection, a physician will help you get healthy.

What if I don't like it?

Tattoo removal is still a painful, expensive and imperfect process. It is best to circumvent the need for tattoo removal by choosing your artist and design wisely and then taking care of it dilligently. Remember, a little extra time planning will save a lot of time regretting. You want to be sure you are getting a tattoo that you will be happy with for the rest of your life. If even with the best of planning and intentions the end result is still not perfect come back to the studio to discuss your options.



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