Tara McCullough

“Tara combines technical excellence with creative vision through an extensive study of traditional as well as experimental drawing processes. Her meticulously rendered multilayered works relate to an interest in identity, transformation, and tattoo arts.”
~2014 GMU Undergrad Academic and Artistic Achievement Award

My artistic career began further back than I can recall – my parents always made sure I had a pencil and paper near me. That was standard equipment for everyday life growing up; I felt odd without it. Though it wasn’t until High School that the thought of becoming a tattoo artist occurred to me. I began by drawing on my friends in between classes with pens and sharpies. They put the thought into my head, and I ran with it.

I hit my artistic stride in college, at George Mason University. I was fortunate enough to have phenomenal professors that challenged me in every way possible. I graduated in May of 2014, and was surprised with the honor of receiving the Undergraduate Academic and Artistic Achievement Award.

My tattooing career began in August of 2011, and I tested and received my license in the state of Virginia in May of 2014. American Traditional and Illustrative tattooing have been my main influences as a young tattooer, though I strive to push my tattoo work in my own unique ways. I am ecstatic to be doing what I love every day, and I am always pushing myself to be better than I was yesterday.


How do I set up an appointment with Tara?

Tara books the year roughly by quarters (Jan-March, April-June, etc), and to manage this she chooses to open and close her books as she sees appropriate. Her Instagram booking status gets updated first (@TattoosByTara) so make sure to follow her there.

What should I bring to my consultation?

An open mind, as well as any visual material that you think might be helpful. The reference photos work as a guide to give Tara an idea of what sort of style you are drawn to – it does not have to be exactly what you want. Please be as precise as you can and have your thoughts organized. Although Tara loves drawing, she does not have time to re-draw your image over and over again because there was a lack of communication.

When can I see my tattoo design?

Tara does not send out her artwork via e-mail. You will see your final tattoo design the day of the appointment. Any minor changes will be made that day. If major changes need to be made to the design, Tara may choose to reschedule you. To avoid this, please be precise during your consultation to avoid any misunderstandings. If you change your mind about the tattoo design and wish to have an entirely new design drawn, your original deposit will be forfeited and you will be asked to leave another.

How much do tattoos cost?

For one session tattoos Tara is able to give a quote for the tattoo upfront. For larger, multi-session projects, Tara charges strictly by the hour. It is nearly impossible to guess the cost of a tattoo via e-mail, so Tara rarely produces estimates prior to the in-person consult.

Contact Info

Rick’s Tattoo Parlor
4818 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 527-8377

Business Hours

  • Monday-Thursday: 11 am – 8 pm
  • Sunday: 12 pm – 6 pm


For inquiries that do not pertain to this form, you can email TarantulaArts@gmail.com



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