American Tattoo Society Sets Up First Shop On Fort Liberty, Now Has 11 Nationwide
The largest military base in the world is finally home to its first-ever tattoo studio, as American Tattoo Society has opened up shop on Fort Liberty in North Carolina.
American Tattoo Society is based right here in Fayetteville, and is the only tattoo shop currently allowed to operate on military installations around the country. From its first shop on Yadkin Road in Fayetteville, the shop has grown massively, and now has 11 shops around the country, with nine of those on military installations.
“Ever since I was a little girl coming to the airfield to wait for my dad to come home from overseas I’ve loved (Fort Liberty),” owner and co-founder Nicole Harrell said in a news release. “It is very special to us to be able to bring tattooing to Fort Liberty, because this is our home, and these are our people.”
According to the release, “The new location is at the Smoke Bomb Hill Mall and has 5 permanent artists with room for guest artists.”
Ryan Harrell, owner and co-founder, told WUNC the idea came from learning that his father-in-law, an Army veteran, never had to leave the base to do things like shop or eat out because he had everything there.
“I didn’t know about on-base life and to know that there’s that many people on-base that never leave, or don’t have the ability to leave, or maybe they’re young [the] first couple years,” he told WUNC. “I thought this would be an opportunity to be on-base and allow them to get tattooed, make it easy and accessible to them.”
American Tattoo Society – which started in 2014 – now has locations in Fayetteville, NC; Fort Liberty, NC; Jacksonville, NC; Nellis AFB, NV; MacDill AFB, FL; Fort Bliss, TX; Travis AFB, CA; Fort Drum, NY; Fort Moore, GA; Fort Irwin, CA.; and JB Charleston, SC.
The shop is also well-known for establishing the large All-American Tattoo Convention held annually in Fayetteville. Their off-post location in Fayetteville also boasts being the largest tattoo studio in the country, as evidenced by their snazzy Tiktoks:
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