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Joe Riley, Las Vegas Tattoo Artist @ Bluenote Tattoo

Joe Riley has been a professional tattoo artist since 1998. He started his tattoo career in a small town about 2 hours south of Las Vegas, in Bullhead City, AZ. He did not go through a typical tattoo apprenticeship, rather he was taught to tattoo hands on, and being thrown into the rotation in a very short amount of time. His mentors believed that he was a natural tattoo artist from the very beginning. After less than a year of doing tattoos, Joe had the opportunity to buy the tattoo shop that he had worked at, Timewarp Tattoo.


After owning the tattoo shop for about 5 years and focused mainly on custom tattoos, he decided it was time to move on and leave the small town life behind. Joe did several guest spots with some of the industries best tattoo artists, and at some of the best tattoo shops in the country. He decided to settle in at Slave to the Needle Tattoo in Seattle. This was a great learning experience for Joe working side by side with some of the best tattoo artists in the industry and was greatly influenced in many styles of custom tattooing. After some time in Seattle, the traveling bug hit once again and Joe found himself traveling the country, doing tattoos at several different tattoo conventions and doing guest spots at many different custom tattoo shops, once again, absorbing as much knowledge and wisdom as he could from some of the best tattoo artists in the industry. He then settled in southern California at Outer Limits Tattoo where he honed his skills focusing mainly on large scale custom tattoos.

Fast forward to 2009, Joe found himself in Las Vegas working at a very busy tattoo shop on the Las Vegas Strip.  After several years spent tattooing on the Las Vegas Strip, it was once again time to move on to a new tattoo shop, where Joe could focus on what he does best, full custom tattoos.  You can now find Joe Riley at Bluenote Tattoo in Las Vegas, located minutes away from the Las Vegas strip.  Bluenote Tattoo offers a laidback and comfortable atmosphere, perfect for focusing on the very best tattoos possible.  It also offers a creative vibe for pushing not only his art, but also his custom tattoos to the next level. 


From all his travels, Joe Riley has became a very diverse tattoo artist, and has mastered many styles of tattooing. He believes the key to keeping his tattoo career fresh and his tattoo clients happy is to not lock himself into one style of tattoos, but rather to push through the boundaries of what is possible, and work with many different styles of tattoos altogether. Some of his favorite styles to work with are biomechanical tattoos, black and grey tattoos, realistic tattoos, color tattoos, portrait tattoos, and cover up tattoos among many others.  Joe Riley’s tattoo work has been published hundreds of times in national and international tattoo magazines.  His tattoos have won dozens of awards in many different categories including: Best black and grey tattoo, best color tattoo, most realistic tattoo, most unusual tattoo, best tattoo of the day, and best tattoo of show to name a few. Outside of tattooing Joe likes to keep pushing himself and his art. He paints in many different mediums including watercolor, acrylic, and oils. Joe feels the best way to be the best tattoo artist possible is to continue to push himself as an artist, whether it be on skin or canvas.

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