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, various Bleed 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 came in to their shop with two piercings on my cartilage that had gone down hill and became extremely painful, almost embedded in my ear due to PAGODA PIERCING not having any idea what they are doing as far as piercing ears goes. I forgot her name, but the lady who was piercing that night was extremely helpful and was the first one to actually help me fix the problem (wrong size earrings put in and improper piercing method/instructions by pagoda) instead of just telling me "to continue cleaning it" .. Which probably would of resulted in me needing further medical assistance with my ear had she not fixed the issue lol. after two weeks of a terrible piercing experience I am finally getting relief and the piercings have almost healed. Definitely recommend them for any piercings !!

Bri Abney

My mom got her first tattoo here at 52 she was feeling the heat there towards the end but her artist was really compassionate towards her she said he made her experience great and her tattoo is beautiful awesome place

Karol Davidson

Exceptional work, very clean and inviting. Beautiful artwork and great people.

Savannah Massey

Stu did my first tattoo and Alex did my latest two. And altho Kari wasn't employed here at the time of them being done, she's done all my piercings. They are all amazing artists. ♡☆this shop knows how it's done!

Rebecca Shaw

Chris Rogers is my new tattoo guy. I went in with a picture on my phone and he stenciled it up flawlessly, I was searching long and hard for someone with a great skill set and found it and at a good price at that, my wife and I will be using Bleed Blue for all of our ink from here on out ... no doubt

Dustin Barton


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Each of our artists have there own sense of style and identity. Come check them out!

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    Stephanie Weber

    Bleed Blue Tattoo Artist Portfolio

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    Barry Allen

    Bleed Blue Tattoo Artist Portfolio

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    Jamie Hale


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    Kevin Hamilton

    I enjoy tattooing in all styles and try to offer insight and ideas in order to make the tattoo more unique for clients. Portfolio

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    Chris Rogers

    I love drawing, even more so I love tattooing. Not only is it my bread and butter, but it is my life. Portfolio

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    Jay Rush

    Jay Rush has been tattooing professionally for over 10 years and comes to Lexington by way of South Beach Miami. Portfolio

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    Tommy Ray Cornett

    Tommy Ray, tattoo artist and owner of Bleed Blue Tattoo Portfolio

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    Tommy comes to Lexington by way of Cincinnati Ohio and Beattyville Kentucky.

    Tommy has been an artist his entire life – whether it was drawing temporary tattoos on the kids at recess in elementary school or sketching in his free time while stationed in Germany during his US Army service. For Tommy, art has always been a part of life.

    Tommy began his professional tattooing career in his hometown of Cincinnati in 1998 while attending the University of Cincinnati, majoring in Design. Years later he would move to Lexington, opening Bleed Blue Tattoo in December of 2007.

    Bleed Blue is the culmination of a lifetime of art and experiences, brought together by Tommy Ray as a vision for the ultimate, inviting and professional tattoo studio.

    Tommy was highly awarded Kentucky’s SBA 2014 Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Kentucky District Office for his successful growth of Bleed Blue Tattoo.

    Call the shop at 859-255-4465 to book a consultation or appointment.


How to take care of your new tattoo
Now you have a fresh new tattoo and you want to take good care of it! From this point on, your artist is not responsible for any infection or problems you may have with your tattoo if you don’t take care of it. It is very important that you follow these guidelines. A really beautiful tattoo can turn into disaster if proper aftercare is not taken.

Our artist take great pride in their work and Guarantee the work is of the highest standards. 90 days after your tattoo is healed you may come in for a free touch-up if needed:)

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


Pricing & Quotes
Email the artist to speak to someone in person. We accept all cash & credit cards except American Express. NO CHECKS.
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.

How much does it cost?
Prices vary and are quoted per tattoo. Base pricing listed on the About Us page.


How To Care For Your New Piercing 

Saline Soak
To make saline, stir 1/8ths of a teaspoon into 8oz. of warm, distilled water. Place the piercing into the water, and let it soak for around 5 minutes, the longer the better. Afterwards, either rinse in the shower, or with distilled water.

Until your piercing is healed, there is no need to turn, twist, or generally touch your piercing. Touching your piercing will transfer dirt and bacteria from your hands to your piercing, and could lead to irritation and possible infection.

Be kind to your piercing. Don’t weartight clothing over the piercing, sleep on it, whack the phone into it, expose it to hair products or cosmetics – use common sense. It’s an open wound,
treat it like one.

If you choose to swim, wear a watertight bandage such as Tegaderm or Clean Seals, both of which are available at your local pharmacy.

Body Piercings
Rinse 2 – 3 times daily with a prebottled saline, such as Blairex Sterile Wound Wash Saline, or a home made saline mix, made by mixing 1/8th teaspoon of Non-Iodized Sea Salt and 8oz. warm water. If you choose to make your own saline, do no re-use saline. Pour it out when you’re done.

Don’t touch, turn, or handle your piercing at all. If you must touch the jewelry, use a saline soaked q-tip. If you should need to tighten the ends, only do so in the shower after thoroughly washing your hands.

Oral Piercings
Rinse the inside of your mouth 3 – 5 times daily with an acohol-free mouthrinse, such as Tech-2000, Biotene, 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 piercings, rinse the outside of your piercing (the end visible outside of your mouth) with a sterile saline rinse, just as described under “Body Piercings.”

Oral piercings almost always swell to some extent. While swollen, avoid foods that are spicy, cruncy, or containing long, stringy noodles that could wrap around your piercing.

Genital Piercings
Rinse your piercing with a sterile saline soak 2-3 times daily, just as with a Body Piercing.

During the healing period, sexual contact should be avoided for at least the initial three weeks, and any sexual contact during the healing period should be protected sex, even within a monagamous relationship. Your partner, no matter how clean, has bacteria that you don’t want in your piercing.
Healing Times For Piercings

Facial Piercings
Earlobes : : 6 – 8 weeks
Ear Cartilage : : 6 months – 1 year
Eyebrow : : 6 – 8 weeks
Nostril : : 4 – 6 months
Septum : : 6 – 8 weeks
Bridge : : 8 – 10 weeks

Oral Piercings
Tongue : : 4 – 6 weeks
Lip/Labret : : 8 – 10 weeks
Cheek : : 3 – 4 months

Body Piercings
Female Nipple : : 6 months – 1 year
Male Nipple : : 4 – 6 months
Navel : : 6 months – 1 year

Female Genital Piercings
Inner Labia : : 2 – 4 weeks
Outer Labia : : 2 – 6 months
Clitoral Hood : : 2 – 6 weeks
Fourchette : : 4 – 6 weeks
Triangle : : 8 – 10 weeks
Clitoris : : 2 – 4 weeks

Male Genital Piercings
Prince Albert : : 4 – 9 weeks
Reverse Prince Albert : : 4 – 6 months
Frenum : : 6 – 8 weeks
Scrotum : : 6 – 10 weeks
Guiche : : 8 – 10 weeks
Dydoe : : 8 – 12 weeks
Ampallang : : 4 – 8 months
Apadravya : : 4 – 8 months

Protection from the Sun

Protection from the Sun
After your tattoo is healed, from now on, you will want to protect it from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. These can fade and damage a brilliant tattoo very fast. Before spending a lot of time in excessive heat, protect your tattoo with a minimum
30SPF sunblock. This will keep your tattoo vibrant for many years, and it will continue to be a source of great pride.

Scabbing & Peeling

After a few days, you will notice some peeling and possibly a little scabbing. Excessive scabbing could indicate a poorly-done tattoo, but a little is sometimes normal and there is no need to panic. Apply warm moist compresses to the scabs for about 5 minutes 2-3 times a day to soften them and they will eventually come off on their own. ( Do not apply ointment or lotion to soften a scab – wait for it to dry) You will also start to itch, just like a sunburn when it begins to heal. The advice here is, don’t pick and don’t scratch! If the skin itches, slap it. If it is peeling, put lotion on it. And if it is scabbing, just leave it alone. Your tattoo is almost healed, and now is not the time to ruin it!

Bathing, Showering, Hot Tubs, and Swimming

Yes,you can (and should!) shower with a new tattoo. It’s OK to get your tattoo wet – just don’t soak it. Submerging your tattoo in a bath or hot tub can cause serious damage, so you’ll want to avoid those for 2-3 weeks, but showering is perfectly fine as long as you don’t over saturate your tattoo. If you get soap shampoo on your tattoo, just remove it quickly with water. Swimming – wether it be a pool, fresh water or salt water – should be avoided for at least 2 weeks.

Specialty Products & Lotions

If you prefer, you can use a specialty product such as Black Cat Healing Salve. These are very good, all natural product and is sold by Bleed Blue Tattoo & Piercing Inc.

After 3-5 days you may use lotion instead of ointment, to keep the skin soft. We highly recommend Black Cat Lotion, Curel green label, or Ink Fix. However a fragrance free lotion can work if the recommended lotions are unavailable.

Leave that bandage alone!

Leave that Bandage Alone!
Your artist took care to cover up your new tattoo for good reason – to keep air-borne bacteria from invading your wounds. Yes, as pretty as your new tattoo is, it is still a wound. You want to be careful with this, specially since it’s not as simple as playing casino games. Open flesh is a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. Leave the bandage on for a minimum of two hours. Excitement of having a new tattoo will make you want to remove the bandage so you can show your friends, but your friends will just have to wait until later.

The only exception to this rule is if your artist covered your tattoo with saran wrap or some kind of plastic. This is extremely detrimental to a tattoo, so it should be removed immediately. Your better off not having any covering than to suffocate your new tattoo with plastic wrap. Here at Bleed Blue Tattoo & Piercing Inc. we use Dri-Loc Absorbent Pads which are the best dressing available for your new tattoo. Keep it protected!

Wash & Treat

After you remove the bandage, you will want to wash your tattoo. Use lukewarm water and mild, liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap (Satin and Provon are the highest recommendations. Dial tends to be too harsh – generic brand antibacterial soaps are actually better) to gently wash away any ointment, blood and/or plasma and to completely clean the area. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive. Your hand is your best tool in this case. ( If your tattoo feels slimy and slippery, you have probably been oozing plasma. Try to gently remove as much of this as possible – when the plasma dries on the skin surface, it creates scabs.

Then pat (do not rub) the area firmly with a CLEAN towel or paper towel to get it completely dry. Follow with a very light application of your choice of ointment. Black Cat Aftercare is the best choice. Bacitracin Zinc is also appropriate, but a similar antibacterial ointment with no additives is acceptable.

**Do not use Neosporin or Polysproin. These are wonderful products for cuts and scrapes, but not for tattoos. Some can have allergic reaction to the ointments, which causes little red bumps. When the bumps go away, so does the ink, and you end up with a polka-dotted tattoo.**

Contact Us

For appointment scheduling and additional information.

Address: 527 South Upper St | Lexington KY 40508

Phone: 859-255-4465 | 859-255-4INK 

Hours: Sun-Sat 11am-10pm EST


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Each of our piercers are professionally trained and use the best products for your piercing. Come check them out!


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