2017 Progress Edition
These local businesses support the local arts, theater, and entertainment in our region.
A Different Take on the Traditional Tattoo Parlor
When Phil Burchette founded Epic Ink five years ago, he did so with several goals in mind. He wanted to surround himself with uber-competent artists who were comfortable in more than one style; he wanted to provide a healthy environment; and, he wanted most of all to provide a quality tattoo at a fair price. We are happy to report that he has successfully accomplished all these goals.
Phil and his artists remember what it was like, the excitement around getting their first tattoos back in their younger days. They want their customers to experience that same feeling. To that end, fortunately, all the artists at Epic Ink get along with each other, they’re friends. That makes a big difference in the shop’s atmosphere and is a big reason why the business continues to grow. Their clientele comes from all walks of life, all ages, and all economic strata. This dovetails nicely with Phil's business philosophy, treat people right, and they will continue to be your customers.
Phil himself has been a tattoo artist since 1993. He worked in many different cities around the country, experiencing all kinds of artists and shops while he learned and perfected his craft. When Phil was ready to do his own thing, he came back to his original hometown. Epic Ink is the poster child for how he believes a tattoo parlor should be run.
Scotti Lee, one of Phil's three senior artists, is known throughout the Tri-Cities area as the top piercer around; he likes to design with micro dermal and can tackle any request. Originally from this area, Scotti has been at Epic for three years and has been a tattoo artist for 16.
Chris Hicks has the honor of being the longest working of the senior artists at Epic. He began his career in 1991. Although from our area, he spent considerable time in the Roanoke area while refining his skills. He is quite comfortable with all types of tattoos and has a particular affinity for bright colors.
Kim Lambert has been with Epic since the beginning, rising to become one of the senior artists. She is also from our area and is beginning to have quite a following. She especially likes fine line, ornate and intricate designs.
It’s a nice, multi-talented group Phil Burchette has assembled. He wants to stress that they operate more like a family than a business, keeping in mind his credo: a quality tattoo at a fair price in a comfortable environment.