Everything you need to know about ARTBYTAY + Pain Freakz Body-Art Studio

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Meet local artist and entrepreneur Devonte Holt. (Tira Davis / Bham Now)

Birmingham artists liven up The Magic City. Get to know Devonte Holt (ARTBYTAY), the owner and head tattoo artist of Pain Freakz Body-Art Studio in Five Points West. Learn more about Holt’s artistic journey in Birmingham and discover how Pain Freakz came to be in today’s Small Business Monday.

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An atmosphere for creatives

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Holt also goes by ArtByTay. (Tira Davis / Bham Now)

Holt is a local fine artist who not only brings his creations to life on paper, but on skin as well. He has built multiple connections with his community through art and noticed that there are a lot of talented creatives on the west side of Birmingham. After this realization, Holt wanted to create a professional atmosphere for those artists.

He opened Pain Freakz Body-Art Studio in his hometown about four years ago to make that a reality.

“We called the it (the shop) Body-Art Studio because we did more that just tattoos. We are a team of creatives and didn’t want to be boxed in by the stereotypes of just being a tattoo shop.”

Devonte Holt, Owner, Pain Freakz Body-Art Studio

Holt told us that along the way he learned that there will be ups and down, but he should never give up and continue to push through. The body art shop is a place for all creatives in the community to come together so Holt finds it important to work hard with his business and brand, not only for himself but for his team and those who look up to him.

“My goal is continue to grow and inspire others. I want to create opportunities for others artists like me and teach them how to become successful while giving back to the city that shows us love.”

Devonte Holt, Owner, Pain Freakz Body-Art Studio

Check out ARTBYTAY‘s clothing line STRAPPED BRAND

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Looking for cool streetwear? (Tira Davis / Bham Now)

Holt also has his own clothing brand called STRAPPED BRAND. He took what he called “a leap of faith” and started his brand around the same time as his studio opened. STRAPPED BRAND features urban streetwear for men and women.

The fashion line offers:

  • Jackets
  • Graphic tees
  • Hoodies
  • Jogging sets
  • Hats

STRAPPED BRAND merchandise is available at Pain Freakz Body-Art Studio and online.

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