Billy Noel


I was born in Louisville, Ky in 1974 and have spent the majority of my life here as well. While I have always had a love of art, I didn’t know I wanted to be a tattoo artist until I was around 19. After learning all I could on my own I took my first position at Eternal Images here in Louisville. Over the years I have had the privilege of working at many studios, in Kentucky and other states. I have enjoyed working with some very talented artists and have taught many as well. I began winning awards when I was around 26, with each one driving me to improve even more.

After becoming a multi-award winning artist and enjoying my work being published in international tattoo magazines, I wanted to take it to the next level and become the owner of a studio. After much trial and error, I’ve finally found the perfect balance for me at The Hornet’s Nest Elite Art Studio. The crew, atmosphere, décor, and clientele – all based out of the East End – are exactly what I’ve dreamed of for years.

While I have tattooed various styles throughout my career, I currently enjoy focusing on mostly custom pieces with an emphasis on new school, photo realism, and bold color. Although these are my favorite types of pieces, I am always trying new techniques and other styles and am open to almost anything. My goal is to continuously challenge myself and give each of my customers a piece that is perfect for them.

My rates are $200/hr, or I can quote you a price for the whole piece regardless of time. I also require a $100 deposit up front. Please come in today and we can discuss your piece and get you an appointment booked.

When I’m not hard at work at the shop I enjoy spending time with my family, riding mountain bikes, surfing, skateboarding, writing music, singing, and playing guitar. Please enjoy this selection of my work. To see more of me and my work please feel free to click on the Email, Facebook, and Instagram links below my picture.