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Neighborhoods
Uptown Memphis, Downtown Memphis
Categories
Tattoos, Body Piercing
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Parking: Street

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Price Range : Average

By Appointment Only: Yes

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FirehouseSmokers

09/16/2010

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Overall
WORLD CLASS ELITE CUSTOM TATTOO ARTIST

Ra-messes Shadow Tattoo is a top notch tattoo studio, owned and operated by brothers Kevin & Shannon Johnson, the 2 best tattoo artist within the Memphis area hands down. Kevin and Shannon are master tattoo artist that give you one of a kind custom Van Gogh works of art on your skin . Both brothers have worked on my wife and I, and given us works of art that are beyond our wildest dreams. Their work speaks for itself and all clients are by word of mouth-- Zero advertising and they are booked up 9 months in advance due to their most elite skills and status. Shannon and Kevin are the most down to earth guys you could ever meet, striving for 110% client satisfaction and settle for nothing less.. Don't settle for anything less, make an appointment and get tattooed from the best. I have posted pics of the work they have done on my wife and I as proof of the caliber artist these brothers are. Their work says it all !

blackdb

05/26/2010

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Overall
hx with ramessess shadow

I went to Kevin Johnson about 7 years ago, he covered an exsisting smaller tat with one similar, but larger and it was like he could read my mind, after one redo/correction i was ver satisfied. It is time for a touch up which i thought were free for life, but i am not sure after reading the other reviews if he would even work me in. I also want to do a knee to ankle tat. I will need help with a design on that one. ---5-27-10 addendem--found out for short touch ups on exsisting work he will work in early part of the day. Reason for long waits are the large projects on individuals and these customers schedule their time out to get the peice finished. I am telling you this place is the best. People who go and are serious usually will not go anywhere else. Thanks Kevin, as long as i have had this tat i have never reqreated getting it. Don

b3mys3lf

01/20/2010

Overall
Worth the wait!

I had a tattoo retouched by Shannon back in May, 2009. Originally, I had made a phone call with them in 2007 after I had done some research to find out who was the best tattoo artist in Memphis. At that time I thought I could get an appointment right away, but was shocked when I was told that their next available appointment wouldn't be until six months later. Of course, I didn't want to wait that long, and so I asked them if they could recommend me a local tattoo shop to get my tattoo retouched. They generously gave me a couple names for future reference and they kept saying sorry that they really couldn't get me in. Yes, I was not patient, so the result was that I wasn't really pleased because I chose one of the other local shops to get my retouch job and the artist didn't really listen to what I wanted. In winter 2008 I decided to call Ramesses Shadow again, and of course same as the year before, I was told my appointment would be a wait of at least half a year. I decided to be patient this time. After all, a tattoo is gonna stay on my body for the rest of my life, I want to really like it and get it professionally done.

Finally, I got my tattoo redone, and I am really really pleased and feel relief. Not only because of the skill of Shannon, but also how patient and caring he makes me feel even after when I called worried about my skin peeling, he took time to explain and give advice. Best tattoo artist shop in town, it deserves its reputation.

Andria R

10/10/2009

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Overall
An amazing experience!

I just got my first tattoo. It is very small and simple. But after my experience at Ramesses, I have a feeling this won't be my last. Shannon and Kevin could not have been sweeter or more professional. The shop is immaculate and the atmospere is relaxed. I got my ink in a rather intimate area and Shannon made me feel totally at easy. This is the best gift I have even given myself!!! For anyone considering a custom, original and perfect tat, these guys are worth any wait!!!!!

InkJunkie2

10/12/2008

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Overall
Long wait for good ink

Kevin and Shannon are good artist and do a nice job with their work. They work directly with me on my design and extended a previous piece. The work and top notch BUT the only problem is they are just open 4-10 five days a week, it is just the 2 of them, and are booked up for almost a year! In Sept they were taking appointments for June and July!
I love their work, but no way I'm going to wait that long for another tattoo! I dont even know my own schedule in July 2009!
I wish they would open up during the day like other top national artist! They can do their design/art work on the days off-- but being booked out this far in advance is starting to be a negative.
Good Guys, Great Work, Custom Artists, Long Long Appointment Wait times.

inkmachine

10/04/2008

Overall
The Best but Long wait

Kevin is a expert in custom pieces and coverups. Did a great job on my peice-- looks like a million dollar painting!

VERY VERY Long waiting list-- up to a year-- I had to wait 9 months!

Cost is expensive as one would expect with the talent and quality-- $150 an hour without tips!!!!!!!!



For the money and wait-- if you have a truly unique piece that you want the best-- Kevin and Shannon are the best.

InkCity

10/03/2008

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Overall
The Masters

OK-- Ramesses Shadow Tatoo in Memphis TN was a great experience for me. Custom tatto that had awesome 3D effect and wonderful colors that 99% retained. Hands down the best ink job I've had. Kevin is a master free hand and Shannon was doing a cool custom piece as well that I witnessed.
These guys have been in business over a decade and are very nice dudes.
The final result was perfect.
However, the wait is a long time-- 9 month waiting list, so if your in a hurry or aging-it will be a long time.
They only open up at 3:00-10:00pm so really only have time for max 2 clients a day which adds to the backlog of their schedule. If you have time to wait, its worth it.
Will come back for more, if I dont have to wait as long-- 3 months is long enough let along 9 months!

walkingart

09/23/2008

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Overall
World Class Elite!

The Johnson bros are the rave! Both take true custom pieces for their clients and apply as vangou on skin! Shannon designed a awesome custom piece for me-- crest-- it was beyond what I had expected. During my consult and follow up, he twicked and changed things to my liking as well as expanded things that I would not have thought of-- JUST AMAZING CREATIVITY. You get what you pay for. True Artists in EVERY sense of the word. My piece was PERFECT and the colors we decided on put the end result OVER THE TOP!
Kevin is as equally talented. I've seen him work on various clients--doing a new tat, coverup, and an extention. These 2 brothers have been in business over a decade in the same location. Hardly no advertising-- just word of mouth and they are booked up for 8 months!!!!!!! (and have been for last few years!) That speaks louder than any advertisement as extremely satisfied clients word of mouth. (this demand exceeds Miami Ink, LA Ink, Vince Neils, Harts in Vegas, ect) ENOUGH SAID. 6STAR-- One of few who can take true artistic ability and apply to painting or skin!
ALSO bought one of their new cool t-shirts!

multiplepieces

09/10/2008

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Overall
THE BOMB!!!

Nothing short of spectacular! Have many pieces from who's who in the industry-- couple from man TV dudes! Kevin and Shannon are just amazing! There work speaks for itself as ALL of clients are by word of mouth-- Zero advertising and they are booked up!
Location is convenant and being downtown allows you to experience Beale Street and the Memphis Music. Lots of downtown hotels and restaurants. GREAT LITTLE GET AWAY.
Shop is very clean and sterile. Older building but ""artsy interior""-- very casual and comfortable. Great pride in sterile equipment and such.
Artwork is just amazing-- ALL CUSTOM and great ""3D"" visuals-- 99% ink rentention, Zero bleeding, Zero scabbing-- Just amazing work. Top of my list and I have some of the best Tat work in the US!

Masterink

07/31/2008

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Overall
World Class Status!!!

Shannon at Ramasee Shadow in Memphis TN is one of the elite pure artists in the nation PERIOD! His brother Kevin is in the same league. (each with over 15 yrs experience in same location)
Shannon did a masterful art piece that he customized from my orginal idea. He brought it to life on skin canvas! THe design, crisp lines, precise highlights, amazing colors, and downright AWESOME personalities are TOP CLASS. My peice took about 3 1/2 hrs and the skill of the needle was of expertise status-- I had little pain during the process. Kevin was doing a makeover/coverup with another client at the same time as well as fill in which looked awesome when finished.
These brothers are as good as they come. They are true artists as exhibited also by their drawings and paintings in addition to their new launched T-Shirt designs. Canvas or Skin-- these guys ROCK!!!
THeir prices are per hr and about the same as other nationally top teir artists.
Take a NWA direct flight in Memphis for a few days, Get the most amazing Professional Tattoo ever, then party on Beale Street with the nightlife, music, food-- It is a BLAST.
R.S. Tattoo is located downtine by the Pryramid and not too far from Beale street or Hotels.
It is worth the flight and money!
Due to their most Elite Skill and Status, they are booked out for 6 months currently-- So reserve your appointment now!!!!

SIMAN

04/06/2008

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Overall
The BEST work around!

Shannon Johnson of Ramasses Shawdow Tattoos in Memphis is in a league of this own. (of course with his brother Kevin as well). The work is 3D color custom that I will cheerish forever-- Totally professional and nice people. Price is highest in Memphis but equal to other top artists in the nation at this LEVEL. He translates thoughts/ideas into a piece of art that was beyond my greatest expections!
If you want the Best and Custom, jump a direct flight to Memphis on NWA and enjoy Beale Street's clubs, music and food while getting a TOP 10 piece of art!

CORPTATMAN

03/31/2008

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Overall
From North to South, East to West- Shannon/Kevin Johnson are AMAZING!!!!!!

Shannon is a dream tattoo artist of every sense. He can take a client idea, vision, or even a concept a person scribbled on a napkin and make it come to life in ART. Truly amazing. From a corporate executive who has a top of the line piecie-I am VERY particular and discrete with anything I am doing with my body and Shannon/ Kevin Johnson are as good as they come. Together they own and operate Ramasses Shadow a couple blocks from the Pryamid. Having been to LA INK, MIAMI INK, HARTs place in Vegas, Shannon and Kevin are at or even a higher degree of skill than the above mentioned- who are good.
What is amazing is Shannon and Kevin are the most down to earth guys you could meet, striving for 100% client satification. They only do a few clients a day and do not have other artists working with them, this combined with word of mouth success stories have them booked up for a while-- but what better evidence of a successful business going back into the 90's.
Every style of art you can imagine, they the do AND it is 100% CUSTOM so no one else will ever have the same piece (heck they even give you the final scetch piece to keep if you want to frame or put in an office)
5-STARS all the way!

Whisler

03/26/2008

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Overall
100% custom work

Shannon and Kevin are both some of the best artists I've seen. Recently checked out Harts and Vince Neils in Vegas which are good but not in these guys league. Shannon personally created a piece for me with just some ideas I had. He worked on it in a week and blew my mind on how artist the piece was just on the first draft! They will work with you to get it perfect, even up to the placement. Very comfortable enviroment and friendly. People are starting to come from ALL over the country to see these guys now. 110% recommend both Kevin and Shannon owners of Ramesses Shadow! Excellent!

TrueSouthernBelle08

03/19/2008

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Overall
WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE... couldn't be any more pleased with the work done!

I got my first tattoo on my 18th birthday a week ago by Shannon. Obviously I was nervous, this was all new to me! I had an appointment for 6:00 and arrived around 5:45. Immediately when I walked in this very friendly man greets me and asks me if I am (name). He made me feel right at home and all I had to do was fill out some quick paperwork and he was ready for me. I felt an immedaite comfort with this guy, he was very relaxed and nice and down to earth. Made me feel better about the whole experience already. He custom-drew EXACTLY what I wanted, where I wanted it. Perfect size, perfect location, perfect angle, perfect color, perfect shape, perfect EVERYTHING! I was just amazed wondering ""how did he know exactly what I wanted...??"" I had NO pictures with me to show him what I wanted, I just described what I wanted and next thing I know, I look and there it is, drawn on my foot. He asked was that ok and I told him it was perfect so he told me what colors he was using (showed them to me) and he even did ""one little strip' of the tattoo at first just to let me know kind of how it felt since it was my first tattoo. Yes, it was kind of painful but it's NOT that bad at all especially since HE made me feel so comfortable and at ease.I also saw his brother, Kevin, tatooing someone beside me. His artwork was awesome, too. The detail is amazing. I was more than pleased and satisfied with my experience. My mother went with me, and SHE was very impressed with him, and it takes alot to impress her! The price was actually a lot less than I expected, considering the quality of work. He talked with me through it and had a great sense of humor, made me laugh at a not so pleasant time (getting tattooed!) It was just overall amazing and when I'm ready for my 2nd tattoo I will go NO WHERE else but here. I cannot put into words how impressed and satisfied I was. Even though it was my first and only tattoo, I knew I Had come to the r ight place!

ThePos

03/07/2008

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Overall
Best of the Best working on Skin

Shannon and Kevin are brothers who are truly in a different league than others!
1)their knowledge and CUSTOM ideas working with the customer is Superb
2) Their attitude is soooo down to earth with NO ego, given their work is the BEST
3) They do NOT advertise, nor have a website-- strickly by the quality of work speak for itself
4) Both trained in various arts and are educated in the arts
5) The ELITE get their work done by them-- various stars, music mogels, and athletes
6) The don't have ""apprencites or associates"" working for them-- just 2 brother business
7) In earlier years, they won about every tattoo artist award that existed (too established and busy to participate now)
8) Have been in business over 15 years, most at the same location--Can you say_ESTABLISHED
9) Their # 1 goal is to have clients happy and a custom piece that is unique to that individual
10) FInally- They stay booked up to 5-6 months in advance-- QUALITY DEMAND SPEAKS FOR ITSELF!

Summary, if you want a truly unique custom piece that you have designed or one that you want the 'bros"" to collaberate with you while getting the best realistic/life like/colors/crisp lines-- Shannon/Kevin at Rammeses are the BEST hands down. Probably TOP 10 in the U.S

TheManlyMan

03/05/2008

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Overall
Best Tattoo Artist in the MidSouth and True Artists

Ramesses Shadow Tattoo is a Hidden Gym of Elite purportions, but the 2 Bro duo Owners of Shannon and Kevin are well know nationally with the Elite. They have customers from every state in the MidSouth, even some Celeb Tattoo Artists themselves have made the venture down to the establishment by the Pryamid. What sets these 2 guys apart from other good artists, is they are TRUE artists-- you can see it in their drawings and paintings. They do 100% custom orginal pieces unless you bring a ""copycat"" in, then they will do what makes the customer happy. The lines are so crisp and thin, there ""3D"" work is amazing not to mention the detail and exotic colors. There are some other good places in the Memphis area like Underground Art and Trilogy but Ramesse Shadow is the ELITE-- a different level. They can and have competed with the best of the best in the US. With almost 30yrs btwn them, both bros are true artists with extensive art backgrounds. The icing is they are both so wonderful and nice, answering all your questions, working with you to take your piece beyond what you ever imagined. The shop is small but clean and nice-- they dont do 5-6 people a day-- they limit to 2 customers each. If your a pro with sleeves galore or a newbie, these guys are the BEST OF THE BEST and just nice people. Neither of the 2 have have a single tattoo on themselves. In addition to all the Pro Athletes, Celebs, Music mogals, Corp. Executives as clients, the simple Proof is they have been booked out 6 months in advance for years!!! Enough Said-- The level of any West/East coast Celeb artist right here in Memphis with Shannon and Kevin!

angherbert

10/07/2007

Overall
the most amazing tattoo!

I would recommend these guys to anyone. Several friends and I have gotten tattoos here. I have had these tattoos for years and they still get amazing compliments. I will never regret letting Kevin design and do my tattoo! Ask for Kevin he is an incredibly nice guy and a fantastic artist!

bluesraider74

11/14/2006

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Overall
Shannon saved the day!!!!!!

When I get more ink done (and I probably will) this is where it will be. I had a cover up done at another Memphis establisment and was very disappointed. I made an appointment with Ramesses and all I can say is wow!!! Shannon fixed it and went well beyond my expectations. These guys are very curteous (which I can't say about the other place) and you can tell they love what they are doing. I love the fact that there is not a single premade stencil sheet hanging on the wall. Every piece they do will be original and when you are doing something permanent, you want something different from every other one out there. It takes a little while to get it but it is well worth the wait. That said alot to me right there because they are in high demand, Price is a little higher than your average shop but again, you get what you pay for and I ended up wasteing money letting someone else do it the first time anyway. If you are looking for a great tattoo, look no further than Ramesses in my opinion!!

jcquewood

09/14/2006

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Overall
Accept No Substitute!

You want the best, you get the best. You may have to pay a little for their top-notch work, but that's much better than paying for it by wearing bad art that you have to go to them to get redone later. These guys are professional, extremely clean, reputable REAL ARTISTS... I mean, this is not your typical 'pick-em and stick-em' type establishment. Kevin and Shannon can design a tattoo for you that only you will have... Something original, and something that you won't mind displaying on your skin... after all it is permanent... so it may as well be done right! They'll tattoo you with something you pick out if that's what you want, but take advantage of their artistic ability. #1 in my book.

My last one was done by Shannon this past October, and I love it... Thanks guys!!

lauracrab

05/12/2006

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Overall
World-class artists

I had to go get a old tattoo redone, and I was absolutely blown away. Kevin turned an old crappy tattoo into my new favorite. I plan on going back as soon as possible. You can trust this shop to give you a clean, safe, gorgeous tattoo.

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