Hey y'all, I'm Adam Hays.

I'm an illustrator and tattoo artist from far West Texas. I love travel, motorcycles and my tiny dogs. I've been an artist all my life and started tattooing in 2002. Since then I've strived to make a shady practice a classy profession. In fall 2019 I relocated from New York, where I'd worked for 15 years, to Denver Colorado. The mile-high city is now my home base but I travel frequently to international tattoo conventions and do regular guest spots in Austin,TX at Electric 13 Tattoo and my old home of Red Rocket Tattoo in NYC.

I specialize in freehand tattooing (tattoos drawn directly on the body) and an illustrative style. I particularly enjoy imagery from nerd culture and the natural world. Come to me with an open mind and a good idea and I'm happy to work out a tattoo that'll make you happy the rest of your life. You'll find me Tuesday-Saturday with the great crew at Dedication Tattoo. Appreciate y'all looking.

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Fequently Asked Questions

I always prefer to do an in-person consultation when possible. A face-to-face meeting makes it easier to collaborate on ideas and make sure we're on the same page about the design. It also helps ensure that the tattoo perfectly fits your body. Consults are free; to set one up please call the shop at 303-733-0315 and the helpful staff will get you in the books. If you're from out of town, please send me an email at and we can discuss how to proceed.
I'm happy to squeeze in walk-ins when possible, but I much prefer having pre-arranged appointments. Scheduling in advance gives me time to do research and prepare a drawing before a session.
Yes, please! To ensure both your and my time and commitment to a project I take a deposit of a minimum of $100 when an appointment is made. For larger projects, like sleeves and back pieces, I may take a deposit of up to $500. The deposit goes toward the cost of your tattoo, and is generally used on the last session.
Tattoo pricing depends on the size, style, and placement of a tattoo. Think of it this way: if you asked, how much is a hamburger, I might say, "well, do you want the dollar menu fast food hamburger or do you want the deluxe burger from the steakhouse? Lettuce, tomato, pickle? Add cheese? Bacon? Grilled onions? Avocado? Green Chili?" Our options are only limited by your imagination and all of that info is easier to discuss in person. If you have a strict budget, you can let me know and I'll work with you to design something that fits your price range. Some general info: our shop minimum is $100. For large-scale custom work I charge $200 per hour. High fives will always be complimentary.
I do cover-ups and usually like the challenge. Cover-ups need an in-person consult before any appointment can be made.
I've got books of designs that I've pre-drawn that would make rad tattoos, which you can peruse at the shop. I also have a highlighted story with examples of available designs on Instagram, @adamguyhays. I also send out a newsletter of available projects to potential clients on my mailing list, which you can sign up for here.
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1905 S. Broadway
Denver, CO

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