Best Local Tattoo Artist

Darcy Nutt, Chalice Tattoo

With 17 years of experience behind the needle, Chalice Tattoo owner Darcy Nutt has a lot of skin in the game. Among her specialties she lists black-and-gray portraits, stipple, color realism, and traditional Japanese and American designs. Let's be honest, though, she can do just about anything, which has made her the clear favorite inker among Best of Boise voters.

2nd Place: Tony Adamson, A Mind's Eye Tattoo—When people say beauty is skin deep, they usually mean it in a pejorative way. Look at the work of Tony Adamson, of A Mind's Eye Tattoo, and you'll see it can be a compliment. For more than 15 years Adamson has made an intense study of his artform, and that work has paid off with a portfolio of works—not just on skin—that can be truly considered fine art.

3rd Place: Michael Swan, Resurrected Tattoo and Piercing—They call him "Money" Mike Swan, and viewing his work, it's clear why. From the meticulously detailed to the bold and stylized, Swan seems to be an artistic chameleon. Whether it's a dense geometric design or a pop culture homage, put your money where Money is.

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