Hi! I'm Kelly!


I figured my first blog entry should be me introducing myself so without further ado....

Hi! I'm Kelly Borders!

I'm a tattooer located here in the heart of downtown Savannah, GA at The Butcher Tattoo Studio.  I'm a wife, mother, artist, athlete and all around pretty regular gal.  I have a smokin' hot firefighter husband named Jack and a unicorn-loving precocious little 3 year old daughter named Gracie.  

I have been tattooing 12 years this December and if you would've asked me back then if this is where I would be now I would've laughed in your face.  I started out in humble beginnings at a shop in LaGrange, GA where I scrubbed my fair share of toilets and did probably close to 500 $25 names for the 3 years I apprenticed and eventually graduated to tattooing full time.  After the LaGrange chapter closed I found myself in Charleston, SC after some mutual friends had started their lives over after Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans.

During the Charleston stint is where I decided that tattooing would be my career.  Fun fact: I've never taken an art class past elementary school, so I wasn't sure how long tattooing would last.  Everything I've ever learned was from tattooing, amazing what copying flash for years will do for you!  But don't ask me to paint anything, because I don't know how!  Charleston lasted for about a year until I decided to migrate down south to Savannah.

The first shop I worked at in Savannah really formed the type of tattooer I am today.  I did more large scale custom work and learned how to be a more well-rounded artist instead of a one-trick pony.  I was there for about 3 years until I finally found my home at The Butcher where I've been given room to grow into the artist I want to be.  I specialize in Japanese, American Traditional, and my favorite...Cover-ups.  I've recently been training in Cosmetic Tattooing this past year and my ultimate goal is to work with cancer warriors and domestic abuse survivors.

I get a lot of questions about my logo and name.  Honor and Grace is literally the face of what I do.  I think it's important to think of something bigger than yourself so you'll always have goals to work toward.  I had the opportunity to work on my 'brand' with Lowcountry Paper Co and the experience has really formed what I want my career and lifestyle to reflect.  My logo is an ampersand integrated with a sharks tooth to represent the east coast and my unusual love for the many-toothed sea creature.   

In my free time I'm that crazy lady running around Savannah, literally.  I run marathons for fun and have recently become addicted to Crossfit (shout out to Steadfast!)  I'm also very vocal about my sobriety and how that shapes my life as I know it today.  I recently celebrated 6 years and I'll share that story in another post.  I have a pit bull, a mentally unstable cat and two bunnies that keep us busy at home on top of regular family activities.  I'm pretty much an open book and if you have questions feel free to ask!  I'll delve in more on most of these topics in following posts but I figured we could get our feet wet with this one!

Thanks for checking the blog out and I'll try to update every other week or so! Stay tuned!