Best Tattoo Artist

Kyle Handley, Every Mother's Nightmare

A childhood doodler, Kyle Handley got into the ink-and-skin biz back in 1996. This October, his Missoula tattoo parlor, Every Mother’s Nightmare, turns 11 years old. Handley has come to realize how easy it can be to get over-involved in a client’s pitch, to make too many artistic suggestions. The real trick of his trade, he says, is listening. “When they come in with an idea, that’s my first goal, is to just hear what they’re getting across.” Once the work begins, Handley shoots for beautiful. Big sleeves, back pieces—he can’t pin down a favorite project, because “everything I take on I’m excited about.” Kyle Handley, Every Mother’s Nightmare Tattoo: 1518 South Ave W • 549-2258

Finalists, Best Tattoo Artist

2. Buck Miller, Blaque Owl Tatoo • 307 N Higgins Ave • 543-0688 • blaqueowltattoo.com

3. TIE:
Bridget Stoltz, Blaque Owl Tattoo
Ian Caroppoli, Blaque Owl Tattoo
307 N Higgins Ave • 543-0688 • blaqueowltattoo.com

Best Tattoo Artist: Kyle Handley, Every Mother’s Nightmare Tattoo - PHOTO BY CATHRINE L. WALTERS
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Best Tattoo Artist: Kyle Handley, Every Mother’s Nightmare Tattoo
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