Illusion Ink’s artists specialize in custom work, enhancements, fine line, new school, old school, free hand work, and portraits. It’s just over the state line in Southaven, Mississippi and has been in operation for 22 years. There are five artists, including James Mays, who is in his second year as a licensed artist. He dropped out of college to do an apprenticeship with a friend in Memphis and says he couldn't be happier with where he is currently. “My bosses are fantastic and allow me the room to grow artistically as well as provide me with sound advice and reason,” he says. “The guys I work with are all great in their own way -- it's a place where you can receive positive and constructive feedback which I thrive on.”
Image-wise the shop is gorgeous, and James notes that it has the nicest bathroom he’s ever seen in a shop. His style is the new traditional or neo-traditional -- which combines the bold line work of American Traditional tattoos and nontraditional color theory or format/application. He also enjoys working on designs with faces, hands, and cute animals (IG: @jauntyjamestattoo). Illusion Ink has a minimum between $40-$60 and a $125 hourly rate, but they are open to working with clients on pricing.