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Atlanta according to Miya Bailey

The City of Ink co-founder knows where to find the real art and culture

Courtesy Miya Bailey
Photo credit: Courtesy Miya Bailey
Miya Bailey

Miya Bailey was born and raised in Asheville, N.C., but he has made his mark on Atlanta and its people — both literally, as one of the city’s most accomplished tattoo artists, and figuratively, as an active presence in the local arts and culture scene. Along with founding the renowned tattoo studio City of Ink, Bailey has also released an independent documentary about the legacy of black tattoo artists and opened Notch8 Gallery, where he serves as an art curator and dealer. He explains what brought him to Atlanta and where to find inspiration.

My rooftop is my favorite spot in the city to think deep thoughts by myself.

Notch8 Gallery and City of Ink are the best places to see art in Atlanta.

The best advice I could give an Atlanta visitor is make sure you stop by City of Ink and see the real culture and art of ATL.

Something I know about Atlanta that nobody else knows is you can become anything you want to be here.

The first 3 words that come to mind when I think of Atlanta are art, music, and business.

ONE Music Fest is my favorite Atlanta annual event.

Castleberry Hill is my favorite neighborhood.

Edgewood Avenue is the best place to freak.

Andre 3000 is my favorite living Atlantan.

The city not putting money into the urban artist community is the weirdest thing about Atlanta.

I decided to make Atlanta home because of OutKast’s first album and Freaknik.

The Lenox is my favorite place to go when it’s crazy hot.

My favorite nature spot in ATL is Inman Park.