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I began tattooing in the Atlanta area in 1995 when I was 15 years old, though it didn't become my full time profession until 1998. I was apprenticed by my father Rod Kelly. He was introduced to tattooing through outlaw biker culture in the early 80's. As a child I was captivated by the images tattooed on my dad and his friends - skulls, eagles, panthers, naked women, wizards, grim reapers... these images are the heart and soul of tattooing for me.

I believe in the rebellious spirit of tattooing. That tattoos represent who you are, who you were, or who you will one day become. Tattooing is about art just as much as it is about symbolism and establishing your own folklore. Telling your story in your own timeline.

I've worked at several different shops in the Atlanta area. 5 years of my career was spent working for Cap Szumski at Timeless Tattoo. I've also worked at Russ Abbott's Ink and Dagger and Phil Colvin's Memorial Tattoo. In September 2012 I opened Live Free Tattoo in the Grant Park neighborhood of Atlanta. My passion for my life is to carry on the tradition of traveling and tattooing.

I appreciate that tattooing is a folk art made by hands and tools and I try to stay true to the traditions of the past.

If you'd like to get tattooed please email me and I'll write you back. Thanks!

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Finished! After almost two years. This back has been an awesome project. Tons of wild ideas went into this one.

Finished! After almost two years. This back has been an awesome project. Tons of wild ideas went into this one.

Still working on filling up the sides of this one. This was all done freehand. Drawn on with sharpies. Austin is one of my favorite people to tattoo!

Still working on filling up the sides of this one. This was all done freehand. Drawn on with sharpies. Austin is one of my favorite people to tattoo!

Here’s a healed shot of one I did on a rad dude from Knoxville

Here’s a healed shot of one I did on a rad dude from Knoxville

Hey NASHVILLE!! I’m working this convention next month. Email me for appointments jasonkellytattoo@gmail.com thanks!!

Hey NASHVILLE!! I’m working this convention next month. Email me for appointments jasonkellytattoo@gmail.com thanks!!

Just started this back piece on Britney. Lots more detail to come! This is my favorite way to work. Drawing on loosely and letting the tattoo be the final drawing. Lots of good energy went into this one.

I went to Charlotte this weekend to start this tattoo on my good friend “Ugly” Tom Michael. It’s such an honor to do this for someone who is one of my biggest inspirations. He stood naked outside on the back porch while I freehanded the whole thing with sharpies. Such a fun way to work. I’ll post more pics of the process on the Live Free blog livefreetattoo.com

I went to Charlotte this weekend to start this tattoo on my good friend “Ugly” Tom Michael. It’s such an honor to do this for someone who is one of my biggest inspirations. He stood naked outside on the back porch while I freehanded the whole thing with sharpies. Such a fun way to work. I’ll post more pics of the process on the Live Free blog livefreetattoo.com

two sessions in on my friend Krista. this was all freehanded. the wolf is such a powerful symbol. especially for a woman. owning the beast within.

two sessions in on my friend Krista. this was all freehanded. the wolf is such a powerful symbol. especially for a woman. owning the beast within.

Hey everyone! Check out the brand new www.livefreetattoo.com! Take a virtual tour of the shop, see photos, and read stories about us. Let me know what y’all think!

Hey everyone! Check out the brand new www.livefreetattoo.com! Take a virtual tour of the shop, see photos, and read stories about us. Let me know what y’all think!

this client was super tough! outlined both of these the same day

this client was super tough! outlined both of these the same day

I did this one a few weeks ago at Downtown Tattoo in Las Vegas

I did this one a few weeks ago at Downtown Tattoo in Las Vegas

photo by @alexxgibbs

photo by @alexxgibbs

the story of Bluebeard on @heygeorgialake

the story of Bluebeard on @heygeorgialake

there’s a nipple in there somewhere

there’s a nipple in there somewhere

shaded the eagle today. the ship and water was healed from the last session

shaded the eagle today. the ship and water was healed from the last session