About Us

Bleed Blue Tattoo is Lexington Kentucky’s premier professional tattoo and piercing studio. Established in January 2008 the shop has grown every year and serves thousands of Kentuckians. With its warm, comfortable, and artistic surroundings, Bleed Blue Tattoo offers our clients a great environment to receive the best service from our industry’s leading professionals. Having the highest standards in cleanliness, cross contamination, and sterilization, our customers have the peace of mind that their procedure is safe at all times. Located less than a mile from the University of Kentucky campus, Bleed Blue is very accessible and easy to find with designated parking behind our building and additional street parking nearby. We offer our customers a wide variety of jewelry from the top manufacturers in the industry, variousBleed Blue apparel and merchandise, plus the best aftercare products available.

It is our mission at Bleed Blue Tattoo to educate the public on the appropriate standards that should be expected from our industry, to perform at the highest professional level possible, and try to eliminate the past stereotypes that have surrounded our profession throughout history. We strive to make each customers experience above and beyond their expectations. We believe our art form is going through its renaissance. Here at Bleed Blue Tattoo, we want to share this evolution with our customers and show them the level of artistry that this industry truly has to offer. They should not settle for anything less and far too many do.

Bleed Blue Tattoos core strength comes from the high level of skill and professionalism of its artists. Our customers are guaranteed to receive the best product available from any of its award-winning artists. We regularly travel to conventions all over the country and have been repeatedly covered in national magazines. We have developed a large celebrity clientele ranging from a several UK basketball players, many professional UFC fighters, and top musicians, including members of Montgomery Gentry.



I had Kari today for my helix piercing and it was great. Thank you!

Elizabeth Marx

Got my nose pierced by Zak Crouch and he was phenomenal. Incredibly knowledgable about his craft, impeccably clean, as well as professional and a nice guy. Followed his advice perfectly and my nose piercing has healed amazingly - it's been almost 5 months and I've had 0 problems. The shop in general is so clean and professional. I'll definitely be returning when I decide to invest in a tattoo.

Alexandra Burns

Just got my first tattoo done here by Nikki and she was great! I loved the atmosphere, and the artists obviously like what they do AND know what they're doing. I'll be coming back for my second tattoo.

Halley Jordan

Kevin Hamilton did an amazing job! We linked up at the DC tattoo convention on a recommendation from my brother who has a few Tattoos from Kevin. Kevin was super cool, there were a million-and-one distractions to include my family waiting patiently close by and Kevin was just as chill, friendly and professional as I could ever ask for. Many thanks to Kevin and the entire Bleed Blue Tattoo crew!

Geoff Gendron


Our artist have there own sense of style and creativity! Get to know them below!

  • Joey Strong

    Email Joey | 
    Instagram | joeyisthestrongest



  • Brittney

    Email Brittney |
    Instagram |tattooswithlove


  • Krys King

    Email Krys King | or kryskingbookings@gmail
    Instagram | kingkrys



  • Jared Stacy

    Email Jared |
    Instagram | jared_actyl 

  • Mike Littlefield

    Email Mike |
    Instagram | tattoosbylittlefield

  • Chris Rogers

    Tattoo Artist

    Email Chris Rogers |
    Instagram | old_man_rogers

  • Kevin Hamilton

    Tattoo Artist

    Email Kevin Hamilton |
    Instagram | khamilton

  • Stu

    Tattoo Artist

    Email Stu  |
    Instagram | hotpocketpunch

  • Tommy Ray Cornett

    Owner of Bleed Blue Tattoo & Tattoo Artist

    Email Tommy Ray Cornett |
    Instagram | tommyraytattoo

    Tommy Ray Cornett, President and Founder of Bleed Blue Tattooing and Piercing, Inc. in Lexington, KY was named the Kentucky’s SBA 2014 Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Kentucky District Office.

    Mr. Cornett, a lifelong artist and U.S. Army veteran who honed his skills while studying Design at the University of Cincinnati, opening Bleed Blue Tattoo & Piercing Inc. in Lexington, KY in 2008. The company’s mission, in addition to providing superb tattoos and piercings, is to educate the public on the appropriate safety and technical standards that should be expected from the industry, perform at the highest professional level, and eliminate stereotypes surrounding the tattoo and body piercing professions.

    Bleed Blue is a professional business that is also serious about its community involvement. The company routinely provides complimentary gift certificates as fundraising opportunities to many charitable organizations and events. Bleed Blue also contributes to causes for area schools, the Humane Society, Shop with a Cop, Make a Wish Foundation and the Fraternal Order of Police.



NEW Piercing Hours are Sunday-Saturday (everyday) 11am-10pm! Our piercer’s have there own unique style! Check out there work below.



Emilia Frangedakis

Instagram | emiliafrangedakis


Jordan Smith

Instagram |  sludgefist 

Jordan Smith


Dannii Cormney

Instagram | meatsaque




Placement Age Pricing
Lobe consult staff $15.00
Lobes (pair) consult staff $30.00
Helix 14 $30.00
Forward Helix 14 for one, 16 for multiple $25.00
Tragus 14 $30.00
Anti- Tagus 14 $30.00
Snug 16 $30.00
Conch 14 $30.00
Daith 14 $30.00
Orbital 16 $45.00
Industrial 16 $45.00
Nostril 14 $25.00
Septum 16 $35.00
Eyebrow 15 $25.00
Bridge 18 $45.00
Lip 16 $35.00
Monroe 16 $35.00
Tongue 18 $35.00
Nipple (single) 18 $35.00
Nipple (pair) 18 $70.00
Navel 14 $25.00
Microdermal 18 $35.00
Genital 18 $45.00


Costs between $5 – $13. See our friendly counter staff for jewelry options!


Stud & Barbell……. $8.00

Gem Stud……………$13.00


All you need to know about Bleed Blue’s Tattoo and Piercing AfterCare

What are your hours?

The shop is open Sunday through Saturday from 11am to 10pm. Our professional piercers take walk-ins daily till 10pm.

We look forward to seeing you!

Tattoo & Piercing of Minors

Tattooing & Piercing of Minors:

Bleed Blue Tattoo requires that a minor present ALL of the following in order to be pierced or tattooed:
  • State or Federal issued Photo ID (ie… Identification card, Driver’s Permit, Driver’s License, Passport)
  • Birth Certificate
  • A parent or legal guardian must be present with their State or Federal issued Photo ID (ie… Identification card, Driver’s Permit, Driver’s License, Passport)
 The tattooing or piercing of minors at Bleed Blue Tattoo is solely at the discretion of the artist or piercer working with the minor and his/her parent.
We reserve the right to deny or delay service based on the age of the minor, placement of the tattoo/piercing, subject matter of the tattoo or any other reason that might compromise the health or safety of the minor.



We’re located at 527 South Upper Street in Lexington Ky. We’re less than 1 mile from Rupp Arena and 1 block from the Mellow Mushroom on UK campus.

Piercing Aftercare

Saline Soak:

Rinse 2-3 times daily with a pre-bottled saline, such as H2 Ocean Aftercare Spray, or a homemade saline mix: combine 1/8 teaspoon of non-iodized salt with 8oz of warm water. Place the piercing into the solution of use a saturated paper towel as a compress. Let the piercing soak for five minutes or longer. Afterwards, either rinse the piercing with distilled water or rinse in the shower. Do not reuse the homemade saline, discard it out after each use.

Do not touch, turn or handle your piercing at all! Touching your piercing will transfer dirt and bacteria from your hands to the piercing and can cause irritation or possible infection. if you must touch the jewelry, use a saline soaked Q-Tip.  If you need to tighten the jewelry, only do so in the shower after thoroughly washing your hands.


Body Piercings:

Be kind to your piercing. Don’t wear tight clothing over your piercing, don’t sleep on it, press your phone against it, expose it to hair products or cosmetics. Use good common sense and treat it like any open wound. if you choose to swim, wear a water-tight bandage such as Tegaderm or Clean Seals. Both brands are available at your local pharmacy.


Oral Piercings:

Rinse the inside of your mouth 3-5 times daily with a alcohol free mouth rinse such as Tech-2000, Biotine, Crest Pro-Health or Tom’s of Maine. After eating or smoking, rinse with clean distilled or bottled water. With piercings such as lip or cheek, rinse the outside or the piercing (the end visible outside your mouth) with sterile saline rinse, as described under the “Body Piercings” section.

Oral Piercings almost always swell to some extent. While swollen, avoid foods that are spicy, crunchy, or contain long, stringy noodles/fibers that can wrap around your piercing.


Genital Piercings:

Rinse your piercing with a sterile saline soak 2-3 times daily, as outlined in the “Body Piercing” section.

During the healing period, sexual contact should be avoided for at least the initial three weeks following the piercing. Any sexual contact during the duration of the healing time should be protected sex even within a monogamous relationship. Your partner, no matter how clean, has bacteria on their body that you don’t want in your piercing.


***Contact a physician if any fever, excessive swelling, significant redness or drainage occurs. 

Tattoo After care

Leave that Bandage Alone:

Your artist took good care to cover your tattoo for a good reason, to keep airborne bacteria from invading the wound. Fresh tattoos are wounds and its important to avoid bacteria and infection. Leave the bandage on for a minimum of two hours. Your friends  will have to wait to see it! Here at Bleed Blue Tattoo we use Dri-Loc absorbent pads, which are the best dressing available to keep your tattoo protected.


Bathing, Showering, Hot Tubs & Swimming:

Yes you can (and should!) shower with a new tattoo! It’s ok to get your tattoo wet, just don’t soak it. Avoid submerging your tattoo for two -three weeks.


Contact a Physician:

Contact a Physician if any fever, excessive swelling, significant redness or drainage occurs.


Protection from the Sun:

After your tattoo is healed you will need to protect it from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Apply a SPF30 to higher sunscreen daily to keep your tattoo vibrant and healthy for many years to come.


Wash & Treat:

After removing the bandage, wash your tattoo with warm water and mild liquid anti-bacterial soap (Satin or Provon are ideal, Dial can be drying). Gently wash away any ointment, blood or plasma from the area. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive, your hand is ideal. If your tattoo feels slimy, its likely plasma. Try to gently wash away as much of it as possible. Pat (DO NOT RUB)  the area firmly with a clean towel or paper towel to dry. Follow with a thin, light layer of your favorite ointment / scent free lotion.

Remember: Bleed Blue recommends AfterInked Lotion sold right here at the shop! Do not use Neosporin or Polysporin. These products are wonderful for cuts and scrapes but are not for tattoos. it has caused allergic reactions in some clients.


Scabbing & Peeling:

After a few days, you will notice some peeling and possible scabbing . Excessive scabbing could indicate a poorly done tattoo or that the tattoo may have stuck to clothing/sheets. Some scabbing is normal. Apply a warm compress to the area for 5 minutes, 2-3 times a day. This will  soften the scabs. Allow them to fall away on their own, DO NOT pull them off. Your tattoo will itch, DO NOT scratch it. Lightly “slap” or pat the area to ease itching.

Deposit Policy
We require $50-$100 non refundable deposit. For Changes including date of service we need 48-hours notice.


How much does it cost?

Tattoo deposits start at $50 minimum. All other quotes are based upon size and location of tattoo. Please consult a tattoo artist via email or at the shop to determine full estimated pricing.

What kind of Jewelry do you use?
We use implant grade stainless steel Jewelry.


Does it hurt?

Yes. If it felt good we’d have to charge more.

What type of payments do you except?

We accept cash & ALL major credit cards except Discover. No checks accepted.

Contact Us

Address: 527 South Upper Street Lexington KY /USA

Phone: 859.255.4465 

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