Michael Contessa learned to tattoo in 2010 from Gordon Boynton III at Out of the Ashes in Asheville, NC. From there he traveled around the country tattooing and continuing to grow as an artist until he opened his own shop Naked Ape Tattoos here in Knoxville, TN. Fortunately for us, he decided to join the Studio 617 family in Sept 2019. He prides himself on being proficient in tattooing in a variety of styles, but particularly enjoys perfecting a challenging tattoo. He loves music, video games, comic books, and spending time with his family.