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Black Hive Tattoo is an appointment only, custom only tattoo studio.

Established November 2008, Black Hive Tattoo is not a meat grinder, turn and burn tattoo shop. All of our artists are encouraged to only do as many tattoos as they can realistically handle each day, and post Covid-19 the shop no longer has “public hours”. While this may create a wait time for you as a client, experience has shown us that you can’t be all things, to all people, at all times.

If you can give our artists the time they need to create your tattoo, as well as have some patience with their consultation and appointment process, they will give you the best design possible. BUT if you need to get your tattoos fast and cheap, we are not the tattoo studio for you. After all, do you want the absolute best we can do, or just the best we could do today?

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Shop Hours

Black Hive Tattoo does not currently have “Public Hours”.

Due to concerns with COVID-19, all artists are strictly appointment only. Clients are no longer allowed to bring guests.

With one exception*, potential clients looking to get new work must sign up for our newsletter to submit projet requests when artists open their books

Info about consultations and appointments

We know it seems like a lot, but everything below really is important and can keep your email from being discarded without being read.

Contrary to popular belief, it is NOT impossible to get a tattoo at Black Hive. It just takes a bit of patience…especially if it’s your first time.
Keep in mind that we will not throw over an existing client to make room for a new client. So, when it’s YOUR turn in the queue, you can be sure that we won’t push YOU aside.

Wait times to get work from an artist vary greatly depending on each artist’s current work load, but due to their consistently heavy workload, and how many projects they take each time they open their books, most of our artists put out their “call for new projects” newsletters anywhere from every 8-12 months.
*Be sure to sign up for our newsletter by clicking the “newsletter” tab above after you’ve read the rest of this page.

Please keep in mind that our artists do NOT do call a for project requests at the same time! When each one does, READ THEIR POST CAREFULLY and follow their instructions to submit your request.
*We most often send out newsletters on Saturday evening, so the best days to check your email inbox is Sundays and Mondays.

We do consultations before starting any new project to get a better feel of where you want the tattoo, what you are getting tattooed, and why you are getting your tattoo.
Some considerations can be worked out online for out of town clients, but the more personal attention we can give your idea beforehand, the better we can execute the design.

*Consultations are free of charge, but none of our artists will begin a drawing or set an appointment without a non-refundable deposit. Also, because of difficulties we’ve had in the past, our artists will not give estimates over email, and we no longer do walk in consultations.

One last thing to consider:
Please understand that putting in a request doesn’t always mean that a particular artist will be able to do your tattoo.
If your selected artist suggests that you get tattooed by another Black Hive artist, or an artist at another Jacksonville shop, it is not to say they think your tattoo is a bad idea, it just means that they think another artist is a better fit for your project.

Hourly Rate

Our tattoo artists charge an hourly rate for custom work, OR will give you a flat price for smaller pieces. Flat prices are non-negotiable regardless of how much time the tattoo takes.


Colbey $140

Solé $180

Matt $140

Nick Wagner $220 (*250 for cover ups or reworks of another artist’s work)

Minimum Sitting Fees

Regardless of size, the minimum sitting fee* for Nick, Colbey, and Matt is one hour of their current hourly rate.

Sole’s minimum sitting fee is $540 (3 hours) so plan accordingly

*This is the minimum amount a sitting will cost you. It is NOT in addition to an artist’s hourly rate!
For example:
If you want a small tattoo from an artist that only takes 30 minutes, the minimum charge will be equal 1 hour that artist’s hourly rate.
That’s why we suggest you either get a a few of those small tattoos at the same time, get that banger you want when your in for a larger tattoo, or get a tattoo large enough to take at least what amounts to an artist’s minimum sitting fee.


While tipping is not required, it IS appreciated!

We don’t live off tips, so there is no established rule of thumb like a waiter or bartender. The secret industry standard is anywhere from 10-20%.

*A final note: most artists prefer to get tipped on a sitting by sitting basis.


Obviously, because of the high fees we have to pay to accept cards, cash is ALWAYS preferred, but all Black Hive Tattoo artists accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, and most debit cards.
*We do NOT accept American Express.

**If you’re not sure how much your sitting will be, a safe bet is to bring $200-$300 cash and pay for the balance with your credit or debit card.

A Little Friendly Advice

Consider not starting a large project like a sleeve or back piece unless you have planned out realistically how you are going to pay for the tattoo like a bill every month so that you don’t fizzle out in the middle of a project.

It’s really hard for an artist to be excited about completing a half-finished back piece or sleeve that they haven’t worked on in two years.


Due to the limitations set by the city of Jacksonville set forth in the zoning of our building, the artists at Black Hive Tattoo do NOT tattoo anyone under the age of 18. At any rate, in our collective experience tattooing minors, even with parental consent, causes more problems than it cures.

If you are underage and want to set up an appointment for your birthday, it IS ok to come into the shop to have a consultation, give a deposit, and set your appointment at any time between your 17th and 18 birthday. In fact, it is better to come in about a few months before to set it up. So get signed up for our newsletter to be notified when our artists are taking new project requests, and please just make sure the artist you are speaking to is aware of when your birth date is to avoid any embarrassing cancellations when you get here.

If you are under 18 and are serious about your work, then you should seriously consider waiting to get the best tattoo you can get. And if not, we will be here when you turn 18 to do your cover up.

Apprenticeships and Piercing

Black Hive Tattoo does NOT offer apprenticeship opportunities.

We are strictly a tattoo shop. We do NOT offer piercing or body modification of any kind.

Gift Certificates

Can’t think of what to get your favorite tattoo collector? Not sure how much to get them? We have gift certificates available year round, and they can be made out for any amount.

BUT…we only recommend getting gift certificates for someone who either already has an appointment to get started or has a piece in progress. Because of our long wait times to get new clients in, it is unadvisable to get a gift certificate for some one who is “thinking about getting tattooed.”

Do you want to see more photos?

This website’s galleries are updated weekly to show the newest work from the artists on our homepage thumbnails, but if you want to see a full catalogue of all the artists images available for viewing, including large tattoos, cover ups, reworks, in progress works, and cool stuff from as far back as 2000, click the link below to visit our shop flickr account.

Black Hive Tattoo Flickr Page

The Studio

Black Hive Tattoo is a custom tattoo studio serving the needs of the discerning tattoo clients of Jacksonville, Florida. If you are searching for a talented artist who will work with you on your tattoo design, then you've come to the right place.

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