Uptown Arts was established in 2012, as the product and vision of me, Michael Drossos. After many years, miles, adventures, and shops, the cross country trek from Southern California led me to my final, and current location of Charlotte, North Carolina. After a brief stint in another local shop, I decided that I’d put in the time and hours to have the experience required to see my vision - Uptown Arts.

As with most dreams, this didn’t come easy. I was turned away from a few locations. However, in the hopes of being the catalyst for more art studios and to add the to existing culture, I finally decided to open in the uptown area. After spending the entirety of my savings, it came to my attention there were outdated ordinances against tattoo shops. Luckily, the city was amazing, even helping me to work towards changing the zoning requirements. Three months later, with all of t’s crossed and i’s dotted, Uptown Arts opened its doors to its first customer.

One year later, another hurdle surfaced when the building the current location was in was foreclosed. Again, the juice was worth the squeeze. After 5 years, 2 locations and several line-up changes - Uptown Arts is still a realization of my dreams - providing a safe, personal and inviting atmosphere while giving our clients top notch art

Thank you so much to anyone and everyone who made this dream possible. To all of the artists, friends, and especially clients, without whom none of this would be possible.

Awards

2001 - 2nd Annual Tampa Bay Florida Tattoo & Body Piercing Expo

  • Best Small Color - 2nd Place

2003 - Prick Magazine

  • Artist of the Month

2004 - Artistic Armor Tattooing Needles and Pins

  • Best Overall Female - 2nd Place
  • Best of Show - 2nd Place
  • Best of Show - 3rd Place
  • Best Color - 2nd Place

2004 - InkFest Live

  • Best Tattoo of the Day

2012 - Cabarrus County InkFest

  • Black and Grey Portrait - 1st Place
  • Black and Grey Portrait - 2nd Place
  • Large Black and Grey - 1st Place
  • Small Black and Grey - 2nd Place
  • Large Black and Grey - 3rd Place
  • Large Black and Grey - 1st Place
  • Best of the Day (Saturday)
  • Best Tattoo of the Show

2013 - Elevate Lifestyle Award

  • Best of the City Tattoo Parlor

2013

  • Small Black and Grey - 2nd Place