Kerry Burke

Shop Owner & Artist

Kerry apprenticed under Award Winning, Denver Tattoo Artist, Missy Rhysing in 2010. Upon completion of her apprenticeship she quickly began developing a style influenced by traditional Tibetan imagery, neo-tribal and heavy black-work artists. Today, Kerry focuses on botanical illustration and vintage etching styled design and is inspired artistically by her clients. She enjoys the intimacy of the tattoo experience between client and tattooer and is a full time artist and owner of Heart of Gold Body Arts.

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 "10 Amazing Tattoo Artists to Follow on Instagram"  -Marieclaire and Cosmopolitan Magazine

"Tattoo artist Kerry Burke is the owner of Heart of Gold Body Arts, one of the most beloved shops in North Carolina. Based in Hendersonville, Burke brings incredible blackwork tattoos to life with their unique designs and clean and beautiful lines. We are *huge* fans." -

"Kerry is a fantastic artist, a wonderful woman, and a great friend. Her tattoos are beautiful and so is she!"
— Missy Rhysing

"Heart of gold is right. Two of the best right here. Love you guys and congratulations!!!"
— Droc Mirage

"I'm totally in love with the piece she is doing on my leg. Can't wait to get more work from Kerry!"
— Justine Briggs

"As soon as we walked in was greeted with smiles and good energy. Kerry Burke gave us immediate attention and just seemed really stoked to give my friend what she wanted and to make her first time rewarding and pleasant. Kerry even wanted to wait to do it the next day because she wanted the design to be perfect and my friend to be certain.
It came out AMAZING!!!
— Terrance Brand

"Kerry is an excellent tattoo artist; she is a good listener and spends time consulting with her clients to insure exceptional customer service and satisfaction. If you want a great tattoo Kerry is the artist that will do it right!"
— Phyllis Bagdonas


Nick Friederich


Nick Friederich has been a professional tattoo artist for over 10 years. He has tattooed in multiple states on the east coast and has been tattooing in North Carolina since 2012. He is well rounded in many areas of tattooing, though he takes special interest in color and black and grey realism, bio mechanical and organic styles, cosmic and geometric work. Nick is very personable and enthusiastic about his craft, and would love to discuss your next project with you.

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Martina Pell


Martina has been tattooing since 2008. She has spent most of her career tattooing at different shops around Washington, DC, working alongside the area's many talented artists. The opportunity to develop her own distinct style while learning from these accomplished artists is an experience she's eternally grateful for. Her style revolves around creating a clear, readable piece while retaining an organic and lively image. Her content is informed by the realms of nature, mythology, and fantasy. Tattooing affords Martina the opportunity to meet all kinds of people and interact with them on a personal level.

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Kimber Fowler


I have been obsessed with drawing for as long as I can remember. Once I could bring myself to stop drawing horses exclusively around the 3rd grade, I gained an interest in drawing creatures, pocket knives, succulents and anything that would be found in a fantasy novel.  Currently, I'm interested in an extremely illustrative style and want to do more tattoos that include nature and fur.

I would absolutely love to explore any and all ideas for tattoos as I move forward with my apprenticeship. This opportunity for growth and community means the world to me.

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