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Mad Ethel's Tattoo 

At Mad Ethel's Tattoo, we create amazing, unique tattoos that reflect your individuality. Our talented artists have the experience and skill to turn your custom design ideas into reality. Visit us for top-quality body art, piercings, laser tattoo removal and lightening services.

Body Piercing & Laser Tattoo Removal 


Since 2012, Mad Ethel’s Tattoo has been a Raleigh, NC staple in the tattoo and piercing industry. Our knowledgeable and experienced artists offer exceptional service, creating unique pieces of art that reflect your style and personality. We have over 100 years of combined tattoo experience and 50 years of piercing experience, guaranteeing our clients receive the best and safest service possible. At Mad Ethel's, we take pride in making sure our clients are comfortable and happy with their experience. Our artists specialize in one of a kind tattoos that will showcase your individuality. Come in today and see why we are considered the best in the business.

Mad Ethels Tattoo and Piercing located in downtown Raleigh, NC

What We Do

At Mad Ethel's Tattoo, we specialize in creating custom tattoos that are as unique as the people who wear them. Whether you're looking for a one-of-a-kind piece or a traditional design, our talented artists can bring your vision to life. We also provide piercing services as well as laser tattoo removal and lightening for those looking for cover-ups or a clean slate. Our experienced team ensures that you receive top-notch service and leave feeling confident and satisfied with your experience.

At our tattoo shop, we believe that tattoos are a form of art and self-expression. That's why our shop is proud to offer custom tattoos from some of the most talented artists in the industry. We specialize in a variety of styles from traditional to modern, and have won numerous awards for our work. Whether you're looking for a cover-up tattoo or something completely new, our artists are dedicated to helping you create a custom work of art that reflects your unique style. With our commitment to the highest safety standards and detailed aftercare instructions, you can rest assured that your new tattoo will not only look great but also stand the test of time. Book your appointment today and let us create a work of art just for you.


custom tattoos an cover ups
custom tattoos and cover ups

We offer a wide selection of piercing services including ear, nose, and body piercings. Our team consists of experienced and talented piercers who go above and beyond to ensure your that your experience is as comfortable and stress-free as possible. We use the highest quality materials, such as implant grade titanium and gold jewelry, and continually exceed industry safety standards. We offer a wide selection of jewelry options to choose from and whether you have questions about the procedure or need aftercare tips, our team is always happy to assist. Visit us today to experience our exceptional piercing services for yourself.


specialty body piercings

Our Laser Tattoo Removal and Lightening service utilizes the most advanced technology available with our Discovery Pico laser. Our photo-acoustic approach replaces traditional thermal heat, making it effective for all ink colors and safe for all skin tones. You can either completely remove or lighten to make it easier for you to get the cover-up you've been dreaming of. No more regrets, schedule your consultation today!

Tattoo Removal & Lightening

tattoo laser removal and lightening

Featured Tattoos, Piercings, and Tattoo Removal

Our Team

Sarahanne DeWitt tattoo laser removal and lightening

Sarahanne - medical aesthetician

At Mad Ethel's Tattoo, our talented tattoo removal technician Sarahanne DeWitt has over 25 years of experience in the Esthetics industry and is passionate about helping our clients achieve their aesthetic goals. Originally from the Boston area and trained at the prestigious Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics in Woburn MA, Sarahanne is friendly, patient, and highly skilled. She uses the latest techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to providing the highest quality service possible in safely and effectively removing or lightening unwanted tattoos. Call us today to schedule a consultation with Sarahanne. 

Ember Seaman custom tattoos and cover ups

tattoo artist

Ember Seaman specializes in creating one-of-a-kind designs with a focus on flowers, line-work, sketch style, watercolor, and fine-line. With experience working alongside many well-known and world-renowned artists, she has honed her craft and is committed to providing top-quality service to all clients. At Mad Ethel's Tattoo, we pride ourselves on providing personalized and unique tattoo designs that reflect our clients' individuality and will work with you every step of the way to make sure that you’re happy with your living work of art. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Ember.

Marian Sagath custom realism tattoos and cover ups

tattoo artist

Mad Ethel's Tattoo is proud to have Marian Sagath as a member of our team. His realism tattoos are second to none and have gained recognition in the highest levels of the European and US convention circuit, winning numerous awards and accolades. His unique and European-influenced style sets him apart from other artists, and his ability to provide a three-dimensional effect is truly amazing. Whether you're looking for a brand new tattoo or cover-up that is truly one-of-a-kind, look no further than Marian at Mad Ethel's Tattoo. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. 

Paul Black custom tattoos and cover ups

tattoo artist

Paul Black has over 36 years of experience in the industry and is a master of his craft. He apprenticed under Kari Barba and since honed his skills to become a well-rounded artist specializing in vibrant color work, realism, portraits, animals, and Christian-based custom pieces. No matter what type of tattoo you are looking for, trust him to create a high-quality custom piece that you will cherish for a lifetime. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Paul.

Clinton Gifford custom tattoos and cover ups

tattoo artist

With a background in Fine Arts and over a decade of tattooing experience, Clinton Gifford is a talented artist specializing in traditional, neo-traditional, and anime-inspired tattoos. He loves creating colorful designs that celebrate nerd and pop culture, and adding his own playful twist to each tattoo. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Clinton.

Jamie Hotalen custom tattoos and cover ups

tattoo artist

Mad Ethel's Tattoo is proud to have Jamie Hotalen as a resident tattoo artist, bringing her passion and creativity to every piece she creates. She is a self-taught artist and North Carolina native that has honed her skills at our shop. Her expertise in a variety of styles, including fine line, realism, and intricate designs make her a sought-after artist for both large and small custom pieces. She also offers a selection of pre-drawn designs to choose from. With a passion for creating beautiful designs, she works closely with each client to ensure their vision is brought to life in a stunning and unique tattoo. To book with Jamie, visit and start planning your next tattoo today!

Jet Tamburri custom tattoos and cover ups

tattoo artist

At Mad Ethel's Tattoo, we're proud to offer the expertise of tattoo artist Jet Tamburri, who has been creating stunning custom pieces for clients for over 25 years. From custom new design to cover up, realism to fine line work, black and grey to color, small or large pieces, Jet can do it all. Whether you're looking for a realistic portrait or a boldly colorful design, he has the skill to bring your vision to life. Visit today to book with Jet and take the first step towards your dream tattoo

Justin Koce specialty body piercing


Justin Koce has been piercing since 2012 and has worked in Colorado, New York, and Illinois before coming to North Carolina. He is known for his patience, friendly demeanor, and strict adherence to safety standards. Justin takes time with each client to make sure they have the best experience possible, answering all questions and explaining aftercare thoroughly to ensure the best healing. His goal is to make sure every client leaves feeling satisfied and excited with their new piercing. Contact us today to schedule your appointment with Justin and enhance your body with a stunning new piercing.

Ashley Sherrod specialty body piercing

Ashley piercer

At Mad Ethel's Tattoo, we're lucky to have Ashley Sherrod as a resident piercer. With over 19 years of experience, she has perfected the art of making her clients feel comfortable and at ease during their entire piercing experience. Her friendly, patient demeanor and passion for body piercing have earned her rave reviews from satisfied clients. She welcomes ages 10 and up and loves to perform all types of body piercings. Whether it's your first piercing or your fifth, she’s happy to answer any questions you may have and make you feel at ease. Call us today to schedule an appointment with Ashley.

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