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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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Matt Welch @matwelch is here with us at Live Free today through Sunday! come get tattooed! walk-ins accepted!

Matt Welch @matwelch is here with us at Live Free today through Sunday! come get tattooed! walk-ins accepted!

super stoked on this new addition to the shop front thanks @williambrucemitchell !!!

super stoked on this new addition to the shop front thanks @williambrucemitchell !!!

this tattoo was finished in 2011. it was the first time I completely freehanded a tattoo on such a large scale. it was also how I got to know my good friend @brettpundt who now works with me @livefreetattoo. I am very happy to have all the people that tattooing has brought into my live and I’m proud to have such brave clients who give me so much of their skin. this next season I’m going to start doing tattoos even bigger and wilder than I have before. much love to you @brettpundt for letting me put this much hurtin on ya and for inspiring me daily with your own work! live free 4 life

this tattoo was finished in 2011. it was the first time I completely freehanded a tattoo on such a large scale. it was also how I got to know my good friend @brettpundt who now works with me @livefreetattoo. I am very happy to have all the people that tattooing has brought into my live and I’m proud to have such brave clients who give me so much of their skin. this next season I’m going to start doing tattoos even bigger and wilder than I have before. much love to you @brettpundt for letting me put this much hurtin on ya and for inspiring me daily with your own work! live free 4 life

free handed snake on a beautiful woman

free handed snake on a beautiful woman

St Peter welcoming and judging. next session we are adding the gates of heaven and growing flowers

St Peter welcoming and judging. next session we are adding the gates of heaven and growing flowers

the start of some more craziness! wild style 4 life

the start of some more craziness! wild style 4 life

miguelolascuaga:

1sitting. Tuff lady 💪. @rottenxbones thank you for making the trip and getting tattooed!  (at Live Free Tattoo)

beautiful tattoo by my friend Miguel Olascuaga!!

miguelolascuaga:

1sitting. Tuff lady 💪. @rottenxbones thank you for making the trip and getting tattooed! (at Live Free Tattoo)

beautiful tattoo by my friend Miguel Olascuaga!!


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beauty kills the beast on @shaunbushnell

beauty kills the beast on @shaunbushnell

craziest day ever! thanks to all these beautiful people who traveled from all over to help us do a bunch of tattoos to celebrate Live Free. 166 tattoos done in 8 hours!

craziest day ever! thanks to all these beautiful people who traveled from all over to help us do a bunch of tattoos to celebrate Live Free. 166 tattoos done in 8 hours!

the beast is AWAKE!! @vonsock

the beast is AWAKE!! @vonsock

here’s a sample of some of the designs we’re doing tomorrow to celebrate the official grand opening of Live Free Tattoo! 30+ tattooers doing these for FREE!!! first come first serve from 12-8:00! free shuttle service from The Earl to the shop and back all day long!! Come celebrate with us!!

here’s a sample of some of the designs we’re doing tomorrow to celebrate the official grand opening of Live Free Tattoo! 30+ tattooers doing these for FREE!!! first come first serve from 12-8:00! free shuttle service from The Earl to the shop and back all day long!! Come celebrate with us!!

Here’s a list so far of everyone coming to tattoo at Live Free this Saturday! Free “Live Free” tattoos! 100 designs to choose from! First come first serve from 12-8 with an after party to follow at 529 with Spirits, Stonerider, and Hawks! Free  shuttle service from the Earl to the shop and back all day long!

Here’s a list so far of everyone coming to tattoo at Live Free this Saturday! Free “Live Free” tattoos! 100 designs to choose from! First come first serve from 12-8 with an after party to follow at 529 with Spirits, Stonerider, and Hawks! Free shuttle service from the Earl to the shop and back all day long!

my love

my love