Blu Gorilla has earned its reputation as the one of South Carolina’s premier tattoo shops in Charleston by having friendly staff, talented artists, and a sterle environment. Blu Gorilla is owned by Alyx Baranow and Tim Dennis and they are proud to have won Charleston’s best tattoo shop 8 years in a row! 

Not only are we able to design specific requests for our customers, but we also specialize in custom designs. Can’t decide what you want? We have a large selection of tattoo flash you can choose from. Whether if it’s your first tattoo or your hundredth, Blu Gorilla can make it happen. Feel free to come by and browse the artwork, talk to the artist and see what we can do for you!

Whether black/grey or color, large or small, sleeves or back pieces, Blu Gorilla can do it. Our artists are experienced and creative. Blu Gorilla offers every type of tattoo style. Let it be Japanese, Traditional, or Realism to your design. Check out our work, our store, our atmosphere, and you will see why Blu Gorilla is the right place for all your tattoo needs

We are professionally operated with hospital-level sterilization techniques. Blu Gorilla is fully licensed, inspected and approved by DHEC, and the City of Charleston.


Alyx Baranow

For me, art has always been a means to push boundaries and bring into existence visual interpretation of the human experience. They say you never work a day in your life as long as you are doing what you love. When Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans, relocating to Charleston and opening up Blu Gorilla was a no brainer and an adventure of a life time. I feel very lucky to have been a witness to many of our clients joys, pains and simple silliness throughout these years. And as always, I appreciative my crew of talented artists and hard working office help. Currently I am balancing other creative projects as well as running the back end of Blu and therefore have decided to keep office off location.

Tim Dennis

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