Exposed Temptations Tattoo started as a simple concept; Create a tattoo studio that wasn’t like all the other shit hole shops I had been in, or worked at!!
I opened the doors in November of 1994. At the time the shop was located on Commerce Court, across the street from Whitts Harley Davidson. I had one other artist and we had a total of about 600 square feet of space. Needless to say, that did not last long. Almost immediately we outgrew that spot and moved next door above Bubba’s Cycle Shack and occupied our new, larger space.
Again, business boomed and we needed more space. That brings us to our current location here on Liberia Ave. Business is still growing and so are we. This year we have added our online store, which you can access here on this site. There you will find the latest fashion offerings from both our shop and from our clothing line Exposed.
You can browse and purchase artwork and, if you are a professional artist, you can purchase the finest in handmade tattoo machines and equipment. You can also purchase limited edition prints from all of our artist as well as designer body jewelry from our private collection.
My concept of doing business is the same as it was then; treat the customer the way you would want to be treated! It’s that simple. We have come a long way in 14 years, providing you, the customer with the finest quality Tattooing and Body Piercing in the DC metro, Northern Virginia area.
The customer is why we are in business. From the time you step into our lobby until the time you leave, you will be treated with respect by our courteous and professional staff. Our service is unmatched in the body modification industry. I employ a staff of five award winning, professional, STATE LICENSED artists, currently made up of two female artists and three males as well as two body piercers, one female and one male. We also have a fine mix of shop helpers and receptionists who are all dedicated to serving the needs of our clients.
Here at Exposed Temptations, you will find the highest standard of hospitalization sterilization available to us today. We have four autoclaves on the property all spore tested monthly. Just ask one of our friendly staff to show you the lab results and our log books.
I was the first tattooist in the state of Virginia to serve as the sole representative for the entire industry on the states board of Barbers and Cosmetologist, which regulates tattooing. I was appointed by Gov. Mark Warner to represent tattooing and body piercing on the new board and tasked to help write the current laws and regulations that govern our industry. Prior to me serving, no tattooist was required to be licensed, or receive any formal training. Thanks to my efforts and the efforts of many of my professional colleagues, the state now requires formal training and continuing education training for all tattooist and body piercer’s practicing in the state. Rest assured that all of the equipment used during your piercing or tattoo is of the highest available quality and is single use and autoclave sterilized!!
Please ask around and take time to look at our portfolios and talk to my staff. When you are ready, stop in and see the difference for yourself. The difference will be clear. We are the cleanest, the safest, and we do the highest quality of work!! We are not the cheapest, but you do get what you pay for!! As the saying goes, "The bitterness of a bad tattoo is remembered long after the sweetness of a low price is forgotten!!"
The choice is always yours; a cheap price, or an investment quality piece of artwork that you will be proud to wear the rest of your life, lest we forget, it is permanent!!
Feel free to stop in. We are open seven days a week 12 - 9pm. Appointments are not necessary, but are recommended. Saturdays are reserved for walk ins only on a first come, first serve basis. When you arrive feel free to browse around and look at over 20,000 designs from artists around the world. You can choose from any of those, or you can have a custom design drawn just for you by any of our artists.
Also check out our “NEWS” page to find out where you can meet us on the road, just to say hello, buy a new tattoo machine, some clothing, or get a new piece of art. Wherever we are, here, or on the road, we look forward to meeting you!!
I thank you for your interest in my shop and in our work. On behalf of myself and my staff, we look forward to the opportunity to earn your valued business. Thanks again for stopping by!!
One last thing before I close, I would like to say thank you to all the men and women currently serving in our armed forces, both home and abroad. From those who fold clothes in the bowels of a naval carrier, to those fighting on the front lines, from clerks to combat controllers, from desk jockeys to fighter pilots. To all the men and women who serve this country in our police forces and fire departments. To all those who stand now and who ever stood before, giving of themselves and at a cost higher than those who do not serve will ever understand. Honor, sacrifice, duty and courage are but just a few of the words that describe you and what you stand for. Freedom is never free and you understand the cost.
I am proud to have served and stood among you and on behalf of a grateful nation I say THANK YOU. God bless you and keep you safe!!